Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

If Men Could Menstruate//Steinem

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This article was really interesting and it brought a lot of things into consideration. I never fully understood why men were always in charge, but I also had never questioned why it is so wrong. This has simply been life, but this article made me realize how illogical this way of life is. People have always said that women are just as knowledgeable and understanding as men, but I simply had never questioned why women did not get all the recognitions and superior jobs that men received. However, this article took something that I, as a female, am very informed about and made it into something amazing. I would never count the ability to menstruate as something that should be bragged about, and this article showed how illogical that would be and compared it to the illogical idea of penis-envy.
Menstruating is never a joyful experience, and the fact that this article made it seem as such was the main reason I began to question the validity of this patriarchal way of life. The idea that making a woman mortally wound herself simply to serve her country is simply ridiculous. The closing lines of this article show how much power men have and it also explains the reason they have it. “In fact, if men could menstruate, the power justification could probably go on forever. If we let them.” The “if we let them” part show us that the number one reason men continue to hold all the power is that women continue to let them have this control.

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