The most significant part of a woman’s cycle is the menstruation which is ‘the process in a woman of discharging blood and other material from the lining of the uterus at intervals of about one lunar month from puberty until the menopause, except during pregnancy’ as Google describes it. In other words it’s the time of the month when we bleed and our hormones lead to the biggest mood swings which leads us to cry over a Pantene commercial and consume a body weight’s worth of ice cream.
And despite how natural (and painful) periods can be, you will at one point or another stumble upon an imbecile who will call your period gross or ‘threaten’ that he will tell everyone in your class that you can’t swim because you’re on your period or the iconic ramadan joke ‘sayma wala fatra’ which of course never gets old despite hearing it every.single.year.
So the question is: how should you really react when one of the guys makes fun of you for literally going through the most normal thing that most women face?
If I’m being completely honest, my automatic instinct is to say ‘well you wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have a menstrual cycle so respectfully , fuck off’ but that may seem a bit aggressive to some of our readers out there.
It’s completely peculiar to be honest – to make fun of a woman because her body is functioning properly, it doesn’t make sense. We know that men can get boners from literally looking at a woman and sometimes they get boners without even trying but you don’t see boners being such a taboo topic like periods, do you?
To be perfectly candid, the ‘proper’ way that won’t get you into an argument is to simply be humorous about the situation and embrace it. The more embarrassed you seem, as sadistic of men as it may sound, the more annoying the comments will get so in all honesty, own it and your body and everything that it goes through.
So you can be humorous and say something like ‘Well, trust me I don’t wanna be bleeding as much as you don’t want to hear about it’ or you can logic your way through it by saying something like ‘you know that this is a natural thing that happens to all women and there’s no shame in it’ or have the basic nonchalant response like ‘then, it’s a great thing that I wasn’t brought into this world to please you.’
At the end of the day, you will deal with annoying assholes that will shame you for being a woman and it’s always going to be there and you can either choose to be aware that people like that have around ten brain cells (if rounded up) and you don’t need to stoop down to their level and you can simply just ignore their imbecile comments and get on with your day.
If it’s your father or brother or best friend then you need to somehow explain that this is simply how your body works and they need to evidently and effectively suck it up.
And if it’s your boyfriends that’s complaining about your period?