Why Men and Women Need to Talk about PMS.

Women’s pain in general, including period pain, is often not taken seriously, is downplayed, or even dismissed altogether.

We need to talk about PMS for several reasons. Periods are not gross nor something to be ashamed of. They are a given aspect of the female body. Continuing to shame women about such is a hateful indignity.

It’s especially important, given that it affects a majority of women and their lives every month. We need to care and give attention to the female humans in our culture. This means talking about PMS.

Quickly, PMS, what is it? It’s a combination of symptoms that women get (about 90% of women, to be exact) roughly a week prior to their actual period. This can include, though is not even close to limited to, bloating, headaches, and mood disturbances.

This is not the woman being a wimp, or doing anything wrong. It’s an aspect of and side effect from her body, over which she does not have much control.

If our culture weren’t so squeamish, dismissive, or disinterested in this real health issue which affects millions of women regularly, or further, in women’s pain and health in general, we might offer a far more appealing, kinder culture of support and flexibility with regards to women who are affected by this body issue.

Why do men continue to declare what they decide as truth about women’s bodies? When they do not live in a women’s body and thus, know nothing at all of what that experience is like.

At the least, this is a continually insulting, exhausting, silly, and angering cultural issue. Men continuing to make claim to what “they know is right, accurate, or best” with regards to women, our experiences, our worth, our bodies, and our health.

Fervent writer. Ravenous reader. Impassioned with words. Relationship researcher. Social Scientist. Social Justice Advocate. Author. www.brookeenglish.com

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