Ladies, raise your hand if you’re ready for women to stop being treated like second-class citizens because of our reproductive organs. What’s that? You dislocated your shoulder raising your hand so quickly? Maybe you should have a man check to make sure it’s actually dislocated. You might be over-reacting, y’know.
In all seriousness, women are pandered to left, right, and center. Sometimes it’s from men, other times it’s from other women, like the CEO of Pepsi Co. who decided that Lady Doritos needed to be a thing.
But perhaps the biggest issue women are facing revolves around our periods. How many of you have heard “oh you’re angry…must be that time of the month!” Or maybe it’s just that time of the day where you’re being an idiot, Jim. Did you ever think about that?
Period pain is wildly unpredictable, and the only constant is that it’s painful. Men just don’t get it. They also claim women are being dramatic and that it’s “not that bad.” Oh I’m sorry, have you ever had one of your internal organs shed itself for a good four days? No? Then you don’t get to tell me if it’s “that bad.”
A doctor in the UK suggested that women who suffer from menstrual cramping should be given paid leave by employers. According to 1000 women surveyed, 52% of women acknowledged their period pain affects their ability to work. Of that 52%, practically one third of them had taken a sick day as a result of the pain.
“Menstruation is normal, but some women suffer terribly and they suffer in silence,” said Dr. Gedis Grudzinskas. “I don’t think women should be shy about it, and companies should be accommodating with leave for women who are struggling with painful periods.”
That suggestion took us nowhere, as men still didn’t believe that period cramps were that bad.
Don’t worry, though. That just changed.