Before we begin, a note, especially for my trans readers: I have chosen not to place a content warning on this because doing so contributes to the (negative) stigmatization of menstruation, which is something I want to actively fight against. That said, I understand that discussing menstruation can be triggering for trans folks for a multitude of reasons, so if you are trans, take care of yourselves however you need. I will also remind you as affirmatively as possible:
Menstruation is not womanhood incarnate. If you are a woman and you do not menstruate, that does NOT make you any less of a woman. If you are not a woman you DO menstruate, that does not make you a woman!
Some people are extremely offended by calls to de-gender the menstrual movement. Cis men, sit down and stop talking. This is not your space. Cis women, I understand your discomfort as deeply as I can. I, too, have felt marginalized because of my body and my experience through menstruation. I understand that women have been subjected to misogyny at the hands of the patriarchy and cis men for millennia, and menstrual and reproductive justice are absolutely central to this.
So, yes, this IS a women’s fight. AND it is also MORE than a women’s fight. Excluding trans folks and ignoring that there are many women (trans and cis) who do NOT menstruate is not feminism. IT is exclusionary and detracts from the fight. Include us-it only strengthens the movement.
I sat down with @TheyAreMax on The Period Feels by @ItsAugust last week to chat about gender inclusivity in this movement. I shared what getting my first period was like. It was the most honest conversation I’ve ever had openly about my own experience with menstruation.
Check out the episode wherever you find podcasts! Here it is on Spotify.
To learn more about gender-inclusive period talk, check out the guide that I partnered with @ItsAugust to make last year!
While we’re on the topic, here are some related facts that might get you fired up about the issue:
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