What would happen, for instance, if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not?
The answer is clear - menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event:
Men would brag about how long and how much.
Boys would mark the onset of menses, that longed-for proof of manhood, with religious ritual and stag parties.
Congress would fund a National Institute of Dysmenorrhea to help stamp out monthly discomforts.
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 Tampons, Muhammad Ali’s Rope-a-dope Pads, Joe Namath Jock Shields - “For Those Light Bachelor Days,” and Robert “Baretta” Blake Maxi-Pads.)
Military men, right-wing politicians, and religious fundamentalists would cite menstruation (“men-struation”) as proof that only men could serve in the Army (“you have to give blood to take blood”), occupy political office (“can women be aggressive without that steadfast cycle governed by the planet Mars?”), be priest and ministers (“how could a woman give her blood for our sins?”) or rabbis (“without the monthly loss of impurities, women remain unclean”).”—
Gloria Steinem (via loveyourchaos)
This. This is, like it or not, totally true. Hilarious, stunning, and mindblowingly true.
Maybe one day there will be gender equality. But not yet.
This made me giggle…
Even in this fantasy world where every single person on the planet is cis and all people with a uterus can menstruate, this is not what would happen. Menstruation would stop being associated with womanhood — which is A VERY GOOD THING, because let me say this again NOT ALL WOMEN MENSTRUATE, NOT ALL PEOPLE WHO MENSTRUATE ARE WOMEN — and masculinity would start being seen as an ability to bear children. Men would brag about their fertility just as much as they do now. Boys would be as confused and vaguely excited about puberty and thus “becoming a man” as they are now. Yes, there would still be misogyny, and yes, there would probably be brand name sanitary products named after admired men and male figures. But this screed of transphobic bullshit that piles YET MORE crap on the cis women who can’t (or no longer) menstruate and are already seen as less than female is not the best way to make this point.