Women are regularly subject to questions about their periods; some are okay to answer them, others will tell you to google it yourself.
Sex education also just about covers the basics and is sometimes segregated between girls and boys – meaning the latter don’t quite truly understand menstruation. As periods are generally quite taboo, some men have made assumptions – mainly that period blood is similar to peeing.
One woman explained on Tumblr how her boss – a middle-aged, married state representative, didn’t know how periods work and always despised sanitary products. He thought tampons were sex toys and women just used the excuse of periods to faff around the toilets.
‘Once I worked as an intern in the state capital,’ wrote the user on Tumblr. ‘One of the representatives I worked for was this middle-aged guy. And he hated the tampon and napkin machines in the women’s bathrooms. Hated them. He insisted that they weren’t necessary. ‘My period started suddenly, as it sometimes does, and I asked to excuse myself to go to the ladies room. He wanted to know why.
I told him. ‘He started ranting about how lazy women were. How we wasted time. How we were so careless and unhygienic, and that there was no call for that. He finished by telling me that I certainly was not going to the ladies’ room and that I was just going to sit there and work. ‘“If I don’t go,” I said in an overly patient tone, “the blood is going to soak through my pants, stain my new skirt that I just bought, and possibly get on this chair I’m sitting in.
I need something to soak up the blood. That’s why I need to go to the bathroom”.’ ‘His face turned oatmeal-grey; an expression of pure horror spread across his face. He leaned forward and whispered, “Wait, you mean that if you don’t go, you’ll just keep on bleeding? I thought that women could turn it off any time that they wanted!”.’ ‘I thought “you have got to be kidding”.’
To her shock, after several whispers later, the manager then explained how he’d thought women could hold in their blood as with urine. He also thought tampons were dildos, paid for by the Health and Human Services, which is why he and his friends considered them luxury items. The woman, 20 years old at the time, explained the importance of sex education and why it’s needed so badly; not least of which is to stop powerful men in charge of decision-making enacting uninformed choices that affect half the population. culled from Metro.