I seem to recall, in the dim and distant days of my youth, that the more conservative and patriarchal in the society said that women really weren’t the equal of men. Because, you know, periods ‘n’ stuff. You couldn’t rely upon women to be consistent right over the month, and they’d be taking days off in that regular 28 day cycle.
To this the response was, don’t be so damn conservative and patriarchal. Sure, women have periods and? We’re not Orthodox Jews who regard the symptoms of fertility as making someone impure. So shut the fuck up and get on with equality.
But that was, of course, in the dim and distant days of my youth. Periods were something that might affect the chances of a bit of bouncy bouncy but nothing else. And then we’ve today:
Periods are harming our career prospects. Something ain’t working
A new study has found that a significant number of working women are taking sick days because of PMS. Claire Cohen calls on employers to change a culture that means this truth is going unnoticed.