Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

If Men Could Menstruate-Steinem

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This article talks about the hilariously impossible situation of men having a menstrual cycle. Steinem presents that if men were to have a monthly cycle, it would be one more way for them to have power over women; it would be something to boast and brag about. She states, “menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: men would brag about how long and how much.”

I found this article amazing to say the least. I know every woman, at one point or another, has made a comment about how she wishes men would have to experience the annoyance of a period every month, myself included. Honestly though I had never thought about what life would actually be like if men had periods; in my opinion, Steinem explained it perfectly. Men would turn it into something to brag on, just like the length of their penis’. They would use it as another way to be better, stronger, and smarter than women . I don’t know which would be worse, having a period or having to listen to men brag about how great their period makes them?

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