Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

If Men Could Menstruate – Steinem

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This article is most definitely an attention grabber; what woman has not dreamed of a world where men must go through the torturous struggle of womanhood? Men have no idea what the word “pain” even means. Steinem explains in her article that men would turn menstruation into a “we-are-better-because-we-bleed” type of view. They would see themselves as more superior than they already do, and the power and satisfaction they receive would be unbelievable.

Steinem really hits the nail on the head when she says,  “The answer is clear – menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and much.” Although this is something to laugh about, it is also true! As women, we have to put up with bloating, cramps, fatigue, moodiness, constant hunger, weight gain, etc. while on our period. And we deal with it. Life goes on. Men, on the other hand, would want to boast about it and make it some kind of competition among their friends. A world with menstruating men? Pfft, they couldn’t handle it.


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