Feminine issues, at a late hour of the night [Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, 10:50 pm]
I like how it's not quite cold yet. Perhaps I'm starting to see Autumn as a season in itself rather than simply a stepping stone on that dreaded path toward winter. Hmmmm - that might make an interesting poem.
This next issue is a bit feminine in nature, but don't let that scare you away. So I see all these commercials for this pill that supposedly gives women fewer periods per year, and yet has all kinds of risks involved. Is that really worth it? I mean, for a medical emergency maybe it would help, but it's portrayed as something to just help make our lives easier. One of the reasons that bothers me is that if it ever seriously catches on, and women have fewer "bad periods" of the month per year, will that just become a general expectation for all women? Sometimes raising the bar is really hard on those who don't want to go along with it.
Sometimes I think when women push something too much, it becomes a general expectation - and kinda backfires. Because those who don't want to go along with it end up feeling like they're somehow not keeping up - and they shouldn't. There was a time when there were a lot of social pressures and laws that prohibited women from holding the same types of jobs as men. That has changed a lot, but I wonder if what we have now is almost overkill. Now that the bar has been raised so much higher, women are almost pressured as much to have a "career" now as they were to be domestic way back when. It's almost as if the opposite has happened.
During Biblical times, women would have been considered "unclean" during this time of the month. And now we have to work and carry on as usual when we have our periods. Just take a pill, so we can function something like men even when it can be very inconvenient to attempt to do so. Yeah, I take tylenol on rare occasions just because girls can't get off from their responsibilities every month. I just don't want these more extreme forms of feminine control to become popular. If we have so much going on that we have to artificially change our natural female processes (changes that could have adverse effects later in life - who knows), then maybe there's just too much going on.
Maybe it's better to find a happy medium between females being so repressed that we can't do anything, and females being so liberated that we feel pressured to repress ourselves just to get through things.
You know - I hear that Marilyn Monroe didn't work during her period. So if I ever become as famous as her, that will be my policy ;-)
Seriously, maybe this is just me ranting after being exposed to a little too much feminism lately (and a little too much period ;-). I really don't think it would be realistic to give women time off from everything during their periods. But I also don't think it's a good idea to keep introducing newer and riskier medications to keep our periods "under control." Yes, we hate them. But they exist for a reason, and everyone has put up with them for thousands of years. If the world can't give us a break these days, maybe it's the WORLD that has the problem and not us ;-)
Please note that this was written under the influence of menstruation, and therefore the author cannot be held responsible for those it may disgust, tick off, or make uncomfortable. She also reserves the right to recant it at any point in the future when she returns to her normal state of mind.
Thank you. *ahem*
Vitality - Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009