I’ve had it! I’m done with men saying things like “that time of the month,” when they have no idea what they’re talking about! Look, sometimes people — including women; yes, women are people, too, despite what some men think — have a bad day, are stressed out, or just don’t want to deal with others. It doesn’t make them bad people, and, for women, it doesn’t always have to be related to menstruation.
Most girls get their first period around 12 or 13. My best friend got hers at 11! My point is, even an 18-year-old (the ‘official’ woman age) has been used to this fact of life for years, and has found ways to deal with its sometimes unpleasant effects.
It is a huge insult when men link every emotion to menstruation. Not only does it reduce women to simply reproductive machines (which is how many men view women, anyway), it suggests that we can’t deal with life issues, and become complete, bumbling idiots for a few days out of each month. This is inaccurate and insensitive, and it needs to stop. Men also need to stop it with those ‘cute’ little phrases like “monthly visitor,” “on the rag,” “red tide,” “Aunt Flo,” and anything else you think is funny to say. It’s not funny, it’s offensive, and it makes you look like an ass.
Finally, women themselves need to stop using menstruation as an excuse. I know it sucks (believe me!), but we can’t keep this incorrect assumption going. Then, every time we have a differing opinion, we’re “acting bitchy” because “it’s that time of the month.” It’s time for everyone (men and women) to grow up about this subject, and stop wasting time talking about it, making excuses, or having to write stupid articles like this one.
by Amber O’Neal
Residential Life Magazine