I’m feeling the pressure of the end of the semester school work, papers, projects, exams, etc. But that is not excuse to go this long without posting an entry.
I’ve had a bit of writer’s block lately, I knew I wanted to talk about the Rupi Kaur Instagram controversy:
Feministing Article on Rupi Kaur’s Instagram Post
After a friend of mine first brought it to my attention and I read the Feministing article^
Then, I stumbled upon this link which I posted to my Facebook (I’m sure I’m that friend that everyone gets sick of filling their feeds with feminism and women’s rights news): Social Media is Protecting Men From Periods, Breast Milk and Body Hair by Jessica Valenti
This particular article sparked an interesting conversation with a few friends on FB.
And befitting with the ‘Time of the Month’ theme last week, I had picked up (for the third time) Gloria Steinem’s Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions , which has one of my favorite Steinem Essays: If Men Could Menstruate. If you have not read it, it is hilarious; however, she wrote it in 1978 so some of the witty cracks are from that era.. but it is still relevant.. not much has changed since then.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
“Reading Freud made me just as skeptical about penis envy. The power of giving birth makes ‘womb envy’ more logical, and an organ as external and unprotected as the penis makes a man very vulnerable indeed.” (Steinem, 1978)
Women are powerful, do not underestimate a body that gives birth to life! I agree with Steinem, I think Freud has it backwards. Males with their penises are vulnerable beings who need a woman’s envy and support of their egos and status.
“What ever a ‘superior’ group has will be used to justify superiority, and whatever an ‘inferior’ group has will be used to justify plight.” (Steinem, 1978)
“So what would happen if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not? Clearly, menstruation will become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event.” (Steinem, 1978)
“… Occupy political office (“Can women be properly fierce without a monthly cycle governed by the planet mars?)….” (Steinem, 1978)
Isn’t it interesting when Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy for presidential office, opposition attacks her from both sides. She’s too take charge and masculine, accentuating her grandmotherhood will soften her and make her image more appealing. On the flip side, how could she be president when she is a woman who has mood swings? Ugh!
“And how would women be trained to react?….Reformers and Queen Bees would adjust their lives to the cycles of the men around them. Feminists would explain endlessly that men, too, needed to be liberated from the false idea of Martian aggressiveness, just as a woman needed to escape the bonds of ‘mense-envy’. Radical feminists would add that the oppression of nonmenstrual was the pattern for all oppressions…. Cultural feminists would exalt a female bloodless imagery in art and literature. Socialist feminists would insist that once capitalism and imperialism were overthrown, women would menstruate too.” (Steinem, 1978)
“…If women are suppose to be less rational and emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn’t it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave most like men behave all month long?” (Steinem, 1978)
Amen, sister! I’ll leave you with this final quote that Steinem used to wrap up her clever essay…
“The truth is that, if men could menstruate, the power justifications would go on and on. If we let them. “(Steinem, 1978)
Just a little food for thought,