Within the feminist movement, there’s the idea that women are shamed for having periods. Many believe feminine hygiene products should be tax free and that the so-called “Pink Tax” punishes women for something they can’t control.
A new CBS documentary called “Period” explores “the price of getting a period in America” and interviews women in politics, Hollywood as well as every day working women who say sometime they have to choose between tampons and putting food on the table for their children.
“We all have that story where we get our period at school or at work and we stick [a tampon] up our sleeve… and sort of like walk that walk of shame to the bathroom,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng, D-New York, in the CBSN Originals documentary, “Period.” “That’s just something that we’ve grown up with, right? I’ve always thought that it was something embarrassing that I had to hide from my peers, and I think that it is something that our society in America needs to feel more comfortable talking about. It is a demonstration of how genders are treated inequitably.”
And actress Busy Phillips takes it even further, saying that “If men had their periods, it would be like f*cking celebrated… it would be like a holiday.” She also believes they’d get the whole week off work and possibly the week before, but women have to grin and bear it, hiding their monthly flow like it’s shameful.
“If men had their periods, it would be like f*cking celebrated… it would be like a holiday.” Watch @BusyPhilipps in the new CBSN Originals doc, “Period. Half the population has one. But no one talks about it,” streaming now: https://t.co/uEhCGTr0Fo pic.twitter.com/dhCBcJOT3j
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 26, 2019
Interestingly enough, at the end of the clip, she says “men do not get periods, women get periods.” I wonder if she knows she’s shaming trans women with that statement?