Friday, 21 November 2008

Friday Feminist - Melissa McEwan

Cross posted

For the first time in my Friday Feminist series, a very-much contemporary feminist, and blogger. Melissa has a page full of Feminism 101, which you should read in its kick-ass entirety, and she is blogmistress of Shakesville, a diverse community of progressive writers.

On Periods: Let's put this shit to bed right now: Women don't lose their minds when they have period-related irritability. It doesn't lower their ability to reason; it lowers their patience and, hence, tolerance for bullshit. If an issue comes up a lot during "that time of the month," that doesn't mean she only cares about it once a month; it means she's bothered by it all the time and lacks the capacity, once a month, to shove it down and bury it beneath six gulps of willful silence.

Melissa McEwan, "On Periods"


Anna said...

I love your Friday Feminists, Deborah - whether contemporary or historical. It's good to be reminded of the tradition we're part of!

Lita said...

Brilliant, I need to memorise and spout at all times of the month.

Hugh said...

In an ideal world, women would behave like they had their periods all the time.