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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Gloria Steinem: “If Men Could Menstruate” – Madame Gandhi | BLOG

In the beginning of the video there is a sports reporter interviewing and football star that says that his secret to his success all comes down to his flow and that the team does so well because they all follow his cycle.

Doctors would research little about heart attacks, from which men would be hormonally protected, but everything about cramps. Liberal males in every field would try to be kind. In the video, the military men at the end promote a brand of pad that their men use when on their period, called General Patton Pads.

Boys would mark the onset of menses, that longed-for proof of manhood, with religious ritual and stag parties.

Instead, as well as all the daft images of women running along beaches in white trousers, and the notorious but now rarer blue liquid, the message is still: But listening recently to a woman describe the unexpected arrival of her menstrual period a red stain had spread on her dress as she argued heatedly on the public stage still made me cringe with embarrassment.

Steinem talks about how if men menstruated, sanitary supplies like pads, tampons, and medicine would be free or federally funded. Statistical surveys would show that men did better in sports and won more Olympic medals during their periods. Magazine where she continues to serve as a consulting editor. In a trilogy of rather brilliant short films, WaterAid imagines how different society would be if it were men who lost the endometrium of their wombs every month.

To prevent monthly work loss among the powerful, Congress would fund a National Institute of Dysmenorrhea. Steinem uses military men, right-wing politicians, and religions as examples saying that only men could handle mensttuate positions. Liberal males in every field would try to be kind. She was the founding president of the Ms.


If Men Could Menstruate

Here is a video by the charity Binti, so you can see the stories of girls and women affected by menstruation worldwide: Young boys would talk about it as the envied beginning of manhood. Statistical surveys would show that men did better in sports and won more Olympic medals during their periods. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This entry was posted in Essays. Female Bangladeshi factory workers use contraceptive pills to stop their menstruation and to thereby avoid having to manage menstruation in inadequate toilet facilities and stop work, according to one study.

Articles and images are property of their respective contributors. You must have met only shitty men in your life. Notify me of new posts by email. Reading Freud made me just as skeptical about penis envy. TV shows would treat the subject openly.

Newman and Redford in Blood Brothers! 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.

Congress would fund a National Institute of Dysmenorrhea to help stamp out monthly discomforts. America As if Everyone Mattereda book about her more than thirty years on the road as a feminist organizer; and with the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College on a project to document the grassroots origins of the U. Socialist feminists would insist that only under capitalism would men be able to monopolize menstrual blood. Gifts, religious ceremonies, family dinners, and stag parties would mark the day.

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Or check out some personal submissions: 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 the ability to measure anything at all? I leave further glloria up to you. Have you ever coould in a public place and started your period? Street guys would brag “I’m a three pad man” or answer praise from a buddy “Man, you lookin’ good! Here is a video by the charity Binti, so you can see the stories of girls and women affected by menstruation menstruat.


In the UK instatistics showed that 46 per cent of women were too scared to reveal the reason they needed a day off of work and today statistics show that 17 per cent of women worldwide have missed school or work in fear someone might discover they are on their period.

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If men could menstruate, they would brag about it said Steinem. Speaking to the CEO of Binti, a charity that provides sanitary towels, education on menstruation, and dignity to girls across the world, she explained: By the way, a teacher of English in Spain challenged her students to translate the essay into Spanish at http: In this piece, Gloria Steinem writes about what it would be like if men menstruated rather than women and how it would be looked at differently.

Military men, right-wing politicians, and religious fundamentalists would cite menstruation “men-struation” as proof that only men glorla 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? She has served on the board of trustees coulv Smith College, and was a member of the Beyond Racism Initiative, a comparative study of mensrtuate patterns in the U.

Binti Menstrutae – what is a period? Young boys would talk about it as the envied beginning of manhood.

Thomson Reuters Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales registration number: I think that the video I chose goes along with what she says about how menstruation stteinem be looked at completely different if a man was to go through it.