Yes, guys, it is my time of the month (which I'm still not happy about but, hey, what can I do?). Anyway, just as I was about to step out the door to go to work this morning, I realized I almost forgot to take an extra pad.
And I noticed that my first thought after putting in in my bag was, "Ooh, better stuff that deep inside my bag. I don't want any men at the office to happen to see it."
I think the fact that women even have to worry about society discovering they have their periods (which - in case anyone didn't know - is a biological, hallmark characteristic of womanhood) is so disgraceful. With all the movements going on about feminism and gender equality, we really need to wake the hell up and stop feeding into such a dated, backwards mentality.
I understand that about half of the population can't relate to the struggle that is menstruation, probably because they have never experienced it. So allow me to paint a picture for you: its a pain in the a** (often literally). It's not just vaginal bleeding that last for a couple of days and stains our panties - that's the least of our worries.
It entails crippling pain. In some severe cases (I speak from experience), it entails nausea, vomiting, and even diarrhea. It entails severe fatigue, too, and for some, it results in pain in other areas of the body, like the legs or back. Yes, sometimes it also involves the PMS that male society loves to make fun of/bash women for. But if you were going through all of what I just described at once (and had to do this every f*cking month), you'd be pretty moody too.
No, this is not an I-hate-men rant. It's a rant about how our patriarchal society gives women flack and makes women ashamed to go through something that is purely biological. You should see the weird looks I've even gotten FROM OTHER WOMEN in the past when I mentioned that I was suffering with my period.
You should see the agony I go through if/when god forbid I have to call out from work because the cramps are so unbearable; I shouldn't have to feel afraid to admit that I have menstrual pain just because they might not accept it as a valid excuse. I shouldn't have to feel like I have to lie when men ask me what's wrong. And sometimes, saying you have a stomachache just doesn't cut it.
There is nothing disgusting or embarrassing about having a period; that's like saying it's disgusting to get cut,because a period is just prolonged bleeding. When we get cut, we don't lie and say we spilled red juice on ourselves, right? So, let's stop making women have to suffer in silence. After all, I thought we were trying to fight female oppression.