Let’s be clear: removing stigma around a normal bodily function should be celebrated. Proposals to end the tampon tax, distribution of free sanitary products, better education for boys as well as girls, and the introduction of menstrual leave are all positive moves towards ensuring women are not held back by their periods.
The thought that people should need leave for normal and predictable bodily functions might grate a little. As might also the idea that men won’t get such leave – further in creasing the work hours gap and thus the gender pay gap.
But rather more importantly, a century back we were all being told that women couldn’t possibly be doing the important jobs because their hormones sent them mad once a month. The entirety of society – eventually – shouting this idea down. Now, having got to the point of having access to all the important jobs the demand is that women go mad once a month therefore they should have extra time off?
Err, no. One or the other. Periods are just one of those mundane things that happen, everyone gets on with it. Or they’re special and in need of special treatment. Which is it?
This though is great fun:
Menstruation can, however, exacerbate incapacitating physical or mental health problems including endometriosis and depression; it can also be distressing or problematic for people with gender dysphoria.
So birds who think they’re blokes are pissed off by having periods? Who would have guessed? Nature’s such a bitch with this evidence stuff, ain’t she?