Readers, I would like to talk about something near my heart. Something deep. Something that is happening all around you.
You see, for the longest time there has been a shame associated with having periods. Even though approximately half the world’s population experiences them, they are not considered polite conversation. And I do understand that it’s a type of bodily fluid, which is still gross, but really. When I was in high school, girls used to carry scissors to the bathroom, because they were afraid of their fellow (period-having) women hearing them open their feminine hygiene products.
But (as is the case with most sexual topics) people are gradually becoming more accepting of menstruation. Most of the men I know are sympathetic. I openly talk about it with my boyfriend. My girlfriends and I discuss our favourite brands. And if this is the case with a bunch of teenagers, I’m absolutely sure that an intellectual community such as Reddit would be open and accepting of periods, without turning them into pawns in its misogynistic agenda.
HAHA NOPE, THIS POST WAS NUMBER 1 TODAY:
It is an image post titled “Honest ads” and it depicts products for their non-intentional uses.
As you can see, the ad on the third row on the right is for tampons, and it has this text inserted:
“SEND YOUR SEXUALLY FRUSTRATED BOYFRIEND TO PICK THESE UP. YOU’VE GOT CHOCOLATE TO EAT.”
Har har. Har.
Allow me to demonstrate why this is very hurtful to women with this list of what happens when I get my period:
- Wake up realizing that I ruined my favourite underwear, my pajama pants, and 2 layers of sheets.
- Realize that I won’t do everything I was planning to do all day.
- Give up, put on a pad and go back to bed.
- Not take ibuprofen for health reasons. Tylenol does nothing, so I’m pretty much out of luck in terms of painkillers.
- Moan and turn with overwhelming cramps.
- Not eat anything (let alone heavy, creamy chocolate) because of overpowering nausea.
- Take warm shower to make cramps go away.
- Immediately regret the decision when I step out into the cold air.
Of course, my experience is unique to me, and other women go through different things. But here’s the bad part: my period would be considered moderate at worst. For a lot of women, it is overwhelmingly excruciating, and for the majority, it is an uncomfortable experience. Yet redditors don’t think about that. They think with their penises. And if their partners are unable or unwilling to have sex, they are branded as entitled.
My “sexually frustrated boyfriend” would be more than happy to pick something up for me if I am in excruciating pain and unable to leave the house. Why?
BECAUSE HE ISN’T MADE OF SHIT!
And any normal, decent human being would not stoop to the level of calling an uncomfortable, biological function “entitlement” just because it prevents them from having sex with TEH FEMALES for a few days every month.
Wait, why are redditors forever alone again?