Really?

Do YOU get agonising period pain? You’re not alone: More than half of women say it can be so painful they struggle to work

This is the problem with living a bit. For I’m sure that it was only a decade or two ago that we were all being told that there was absolutely no problem with women, work and periods. Hey, just a part of life, don’t make no difference.

Or have I just forgotten what we were being told?

41 thoughts on “Really?”

  1. They’ve used the “it doesn’t affect us” argument to get themselves into the cushy, well-paid positions in the corporate world. Now they have their feet under the table they are agitating for time off or a reduced workload without loss of pay.

  2. They just want time off to go water skiing and bicycle riding and roller blading. I’ve seen it in the adverts.
    Bodyform. Whoooa, Bodyform for yooooo.

  3. Off Topic – I’m very much looking for Labour re-confirming its commitment to Unilateral Disarmament today.

    Unilateral Electoral Disarmament, that is 😀

  4. Jeez, Tim, you really have a talent for getting this kind of thing wrong.

    Yes, a few decades ago women were stridently insisting that, contrary to the claims being made by men desperate to keep them out of the workplace, they could work while on the blob. That’s true.

    Now, we’ve moved on to a society that can actually consider the question in a nuanced way – and hey, look, it still doesn’t make any significant difference.

  5. The problem with living a bit.

    That’s why the left hate old people, they remember the lies. Still, we’ve stopped them moaning over a fag and a pint down the local.

    Remember, the NHS will pay for itself by reducing days lost to sickness, just as the education system will also pay for itself by producing a highly educated and well paid workforce. Stop giggling at the back!

  6. I thought the problem with women working was everything to do with old fashioned stone age view of a woman place in society.

    Thanks Tim for putting me right on the “blob” being the cause of it all

  7. I thought the problem with women working was everything to do with old fashioned stone age view of a womans place in society.

    Thanks Tim for putting me right on the “blob” being the cause of it all

  8. So on the one hand we have demands to put women in the front line of the armed forces, because they are the total equal of any man, and the on the other hand we have demands that women be given 3 days of leave per month for period pains.

    Can we ask our enemies to not attack us on those days? I’m sure Putin will understand.

  9. What’s their excuse for fannying about, gossiping, and guzzling chocolate during work hours the other three weeks of the month? Air conditioning too cold?

  10. “Air conditioning too cold?” Funny you should mention that: I’ve read that “while a temperature range of 15-24 C is appropriate for men, the range for women is 21-28 C”.

    Clearly the a/c should be set to 24C, with men who find that too hot going shirtless and wearing shorts, while any women who find it too cool pull on a cardy. And in winter the heating should be set to 21. Obviously dress codes should be modified accordingly.

    Soon we’ll be told to modify the temperatures according to the “ethnic origin” of the staff. And then age. And then any illnesses anyone may have. And whether or not they cycled to work. Men might also request cool air streams to be made available to direct at their goollies. Actually, I like that last idea.

  11. But it’s obvious that women *don’t* feel the cold. Go to any dance hall – the women are all wearing a small piece of gauze, and the men are all wearing three layers of winter woolies.

  12. Jim>

    “on the other hand we have demands that women be given 3 days of leave per month for period pains.”

    Have you thought of getting help for your delusions? No-one’s suggesting anything of the sort.

  13. dearieme:

    Soon we’ll be told to modify the temperatures according to the “ethnic origin” of the staff.

    We have a constant battle between the British and Chinese staff with the AC in summer. Brits like it around 23 degrees while at that temp the Chinese are putting on coats in the office. At home the wife sets it to 27 degs and I sleep on top of the covers like the emasculated twat I am.

  14. dearieme – yes can have the aircon at 30C plus. That would be nice.
    One previous job I worked nights in a call centre, the aircon was switched to low overnight so in the winter we froze – wearing lots of clothing, hats, gloves etc indoors. Complaining made no difference.
    Had 6 severe allergic reactions one month – after I left there I was getting an average of one a year.

  15. @ Tim Newman
    For once I disagree with you.
    There are two distinct groups – one saying “we can do anything a man can do” so we should get paid the same, and one saying “you should make special provision for us because X and Y and Z and…” There are actually quite a few women complaining about other women in the workplace pulling unjustified (in their view) sickies.

  16. @ dearieme
    When the heating is turned up too high it affects my head more than my body, so wearing less clothing doesn’t help all that much. So the obvious solution is – as it always has been – to set the heating/air conditioning at a sensible level and tell anyone feeling the cold to wear adequate clothing.

  17. @Dave

    “on the other hand we have demands that women be given 3 days of leave per month for period pains.”
    Have you thought of getting help for your delusions? No-one’s suggesting anything of the sort.
    Er, you did read the article ?

    and there’s lots out there.

    It’s already law in some Chinese cities. A quick check of wiki shows some other countries too.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menstrual_leave

  18. There are two distinct groups – one saying “we can do anything a man can do” so we should get paid the same, and one saying “you should make special provision for us because X and Y and Z and…”

    I’d agree with that, but the two groups are of different generations. The older generation are the former, and they’re being drowned out by the latter, younger lot.

  19. It comes to something when women’s lib wants to go back to the Levitical rules on uncleanliness. Will feminism eat itself?

  20. “Have you thought of getting help for your delusions? No-one’s suggesting anything of the sort.”

    Have you thought of getting help for your mental illness aka leftism? Did you actually read the article, or did you just do the normal kneejerk lefty tactic of saying ‘No-one is calling for X’ followed by ‘Actually X is a good idea but under strict conditions’ followed by ‘Everyone should have the right to have X’ followed by ‘Its now illegal to not provide X for free and anyone who opposes it will be fined and/or jailed’.

    Twat.

  21. When I worked as a Tax Inspector my district inspector accepted that a hangover was a legitimate illness. It only happened on 3 or 4 occasions in my 5 years working in the district and i didn’t have a single other day off for illness in that time.

  22. So Much For Subtlety

    Given I think women are happier at home, bare foot, pregnant and in the kitchen, I, for one, support this idea.

    Except three days is obviously not enough. I fully support a mandatory week of menstrual leave every month for any woman who wants to claim it. Better yet, super-mandatory leave. They have to take it even if they do not want to. With, of course, rigorous enforcement of equal pay laws.

    By the way, does the assumption women are too ill to work one tenth of the month explain at least part of why they are paid less than men? Even if they are not.

  23. john77 said:
    “When the heating is turned up too high it affects my head more than my body”

    Silicon-based life form?

  24. So Much For Subtlety

    Richard – “Silicon-based life form?”

    Well I have never seen John77 as a member of the Breccia so let’s hope he is more Detritus than Brick.

  25. The dance hall point made by JGH above is as good an example as you could ask of an exception proving the rule. The key is to recognise that Amotz Zahavi’s Handicap Principle is at work. The point of attending a dance is to advertise one’s attractiveness, so it is only logical that convention should decree that women, who feel the cold, should wear lighter clothing while men, who feel the heat, should wear heavier clothing. If the rational choice of clothing prevailed, then anyone might look attractive, rather only those who are really are.

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