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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What if Men Could Menstrate? Yuck

In my Gender Roles class we talked about an article by Gloria Steinem titled "If Men Could Menstrate." The article was very hilarious. Steinem discussed how men would go on to be the superior sex and women would be the weak sex. In reality women menstruate and still men are considered the strongest. Why is that?

The article proceeds with the theory that Congress would fund a national day to overcome the discomforts of menstruation and sanitary supplies would be free. If that isn't unusual enough, the article goes on to list how the media would change if this were to happen to men. The newspaper would read: "SHARK SCARE THREATENS MENSTRUATING MEN."

Funny comments like "I'm on the rag," or "I'm a three pad man," were some of the commits Steinem feels men would say. The process of menstruation would be looked at as an all out bragging event. They would brag about how much or how long.

So where do women come in in all of this? Steinem concluded that women would be consider unclean and therefore weak. In reality, what does this say about our society?

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