Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

If Men Could Mentruate/ Gloria Steinem

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“Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free. (Of course, some men would still pay for the prestige of commercial brands such as John Wayne’s Tampons, Muhammad Ali’s Rope-a-Dope Pads, Joe Nameth Jock Shields-“For Those Light Bachelor Days,” and Robert “Baretta” Blake Maxi-Pads.”


Gloria Steinem’s article has been my favorite that we have read so far. Everything she says is completely true. If men had periods instead of women it would be a constant competition on who had the longer period. Men are always comparing themselves to each other and this would be no different. Periods are annoying; they make women tired, moody, and cramped. Regardless of that, men would turn it around some how to show how noble and masculine they are. She explains how women would be banned from joining the armed forces, occupy any kind of political seat, or be priests, minister, or rabbis simply because we may not be able to handle the pressures of these titles becuase they bleed once a month. As sad as it is, this article is so true!

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