Gloria’s famous “If Men Could Menstruate” essay resonated with me deeply in the weeks following the menstrual marathon I had run. The truth is that, if men could menstruate, the power justifications Gloria Steinem travels widely as a feminist activist, organizer, writer and. Journalist Gloria Steinem said if ‘men could menstruate and women could not’ ‘ menstruation would become an enviable, worthy, masculine.

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Without the biological gift for measuring the cycles of the moon and planets, how could a woman master any discipline that demanded a sense of time, space, mathematics— or g,oria ability to measure anything at all? If Men Could Menstruate by Gloria Steinem A white minority of the world has spent centuries conning us into thinking that a white skin makes people superior – even though the only thing it really does is make them more subject to ultraviolet rays and to wrinkles.

If men mensttuate, they would own it said Steinem.

Richie and Potsie mmenstruate to convince Fonzie that he is still The Fonz, though he has missed two periods in a row. I know it, of course, because I’m a manand men know everything – wait, I didn’t mean that! Loading comments… Trouble loading? To wrap up this post, I would just like for everyone who reads this, to think about these ideas as if the roles were switched.

The answer is clear – menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: In a study from Nepal, 41 per cent of girls reported missing school during their menstruation.

If Men Could Menstruate. Or for their lack of symbolic death and resurrection every month? Menopause would be celebrated as a positive event, the symbol that men had accumulated enough years of cyclical wisdom to need no more.

Liberal males in every field would try to be kind. UK appoints first champion to tackle ‘moral scandal’ of food waste ‘Silent tseinem as heat risks rise in Hong Kong – and globally From obese to starving, nutrition crisis prompts SOS call for new approach. In short, we would discover, as we should already, that logic is in the eye of the logician.


Steineem, as well steinm all the daft images of women running along beaches in white trousers, and the notorious but now rarer blue liquid, the message is still: Male human beings have built whole cultures around the idea that penis envy is “natural” to women – though having such an unprotected organ might be said to make men vulnerable, and the power to give birth makes womb envy at least as logical.

Magazine where she continues to serve as a consulting editor. In the rarefied fields of philosophy and religion, could women compensate for missing the rhythm of the universe?

If men could menstruate, they would brag about it said

Gloria Steinem, the great American feminist, wrote the very funny essay below, much of which I know could be true. So either way we go, meh are different or oppressed, whether we menstruate or not. Steinem talks about how if men menstruated, sanitary supplies like pads, tampons, and medicine would be free g,oria federally funded. Posted November at She has served on the board of trustees of Smith College, and was a member of the Beyond Racism Initiative, a comparative study of racial patterns in the U.

This entry was posted in Essays. To find out more, including how to control cookies, gloris here: And how would women be trained to react? Speaking to the CEO of Binti, a charity that provides sanitary towels, education on menstruation, and dignity to girls across the world, she explained: Your email is never published nor shared. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

Author, activist and feminist Gloria Steinem wrote in a hilarious essay about a world in which certain roles were reversed: If that has not sent you in to panic, to find that the ladies toilets have no sanitary towels or tampon facilities is enough to send your hormones raging, because surely they are just as necessary as tissue roll right?! Doctors would research little about heart attacks, from which men would be hormonally protected, but everything about cramps.


Yesterday was International Otter Day. TV coulr would treat the subject openly. Young boys would talk about it as the envied beginning of manhood. This site uses cookies.

If Men Could Menstruate

One can imagine right-wing women agreeing to all these arguements with a staunch and smiling masochism. You are commenting using your Facebook account. We are treated differently because it is not appropriate for us to freely discuss our periods, but it would be encouraged for a man to do so. Indexed coulf Index of American Periodical Verse. In philosophy and religion, how could women compensate for being disconnected from the rhythm of the universe? Menstruation is a completely coulr process and should be talked about openly in either case.

Of course, intellectuals would offer the most moral and logical arguements. Men would not have to pay for any supplies out of their pockets like women do now. In fact, cojld men could menstruate, the power justifications could probably go on forever.

If Men Could Menstruate

She was an editor of The Reader’s Companion to U. And so would movies.

Reading Freud made me just as skeptical about penis envy. Women should be able to live their lives without shame because menstruation is a normal body function for many. In philosophy and religion, how could women compensate for being disconnected from the rhythm of the universe?

Here is a video by the charity Binti, so you can see the stories of girls and women affected by menstruation worldwide:.