Wow! Amazing progress Russia! Certainly agree with the author though – the conceptualisation of menstruation that this is based on is not empowering and doesn’t reflect a deeper understanding of what menstruation can be.
Such a revolutionary change this would be and such change it would demand in the way women are treated and the way women feel and are understood. But only when it comes from women because women have changed the way they see menstruation and see themselves. Currently most women might think this was either unneeded or would result in more workplace discrimination and more making fun of women.
Can’t see any of this happening under our govt in Aust for many many many moons! But I don’t think we are yet ready.
So I choose to try to plan my own months around my needs and we teach our sons about these needs from a young age with an attitude of respect and acceptance.
Paid Menstrual Leave – it’s time!
by DeAnna L’am. Reprinted with permission.
“A Russian lawmaker has asked parliament to give women two days paid leave a month when they menstruate… Mikhail Degtyaryov, a member of the nationalist LDPR party, wrote on his website “During that period (of menstruation), most women experience psychological and physiological discomfort. The pain for the fair sex is often so intense that it is necessary to call an ambulance”… Scientists and gynecologists look on difficult menstruation not only as a medical, but also a social problem…” ~ Standard Digital, August 2013
Fascinating! Lets look at how good things are turned on their heads, yet again, to result (unsurprisingly) in women’s dis-empowerment.
Indeed, a paid monthly Menstrual Leave would be an honoring, empowering option for women worldwide. Yet proposing it for all the wrong reasons diminishes us, and our cyclicity, to “
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