For many women, having Aunt Flo come to town once a month is a pretty gnarly time. Between surging hormones, menstrual cramps and certain dudes belittling us over them (we’re looking at you, Donald Trump), having a period comes with many complications.
So when a feminist movement on Twitter surfaced this past weekend, the women participating with the #IfMenHadPeriods hashtag were probably only considering these factors.
— Liz Finnegan (@TheGingerarchy) September 6, 2016
What these women failed to consider–and are now coming under scrutiny for–is that it’s 2016, and that means some men do have periods. In fact, there’s a whole transgender community out there that have periods, and now people are pretty upset with the hashtag.
• Lots of men do have periods
• Lots of women do not have periods
yr feminism means nothing if it erases trans people
— allison gallagher (@aewgallagher) September 6, 2016
#IfMenHadPeriods stop. Men do have periods. Not every man is cis and it’s disgusting for people to still be assuming that they are
— blueberry bussy (@evanjaquez) September 6, 2016
#IfMenHadPeriods is trending and I’m pissed off because I’m a man currently on my period and I feel like murdering everyone
— Common Trans Boy (@TransBoyPosts) September 6, 2016
#IfMenHadPeriods shows once again how very few people respect Trans folks, have any real knowledge of biology, or understand basic decency.
— William J Richardson (@HoodAcademic) September 6, 2016
To play devil’s advocate, people obviously didn’t consider trans folks before using the hashtag, but it’s also kind of cool to see so many people banding together over the issue. By doing so, they’re making sure trans voices are also heard within the larger conversation of the menstrual cycle.
Perhaps a better hashtag would have been, #IfALLMenHadPeriods?
Because let’s face it. Between taxes on sanitary products and people in different countries being forced to stay home and denied their education during that time of the month, there are plenty of conversations to be had around the topic.
But not at the expense of another group and their rights or issues. After all, we’re all in this together.
Who knew a hashtag held so much power anyhow…
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) September 6, 2016
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