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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries during their annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries during their annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus  

‘Menstrual Leave’ Is Harmful To Women’s Equality

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Kristi Hamrick
Media Consultant

“I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never, never let you forget you’re a man.” Some of us remember the excited heroine of the Enjoli perfume ad singing her heart out in the 1970s, while cooking dinner after a day in a Fortune 500 company, sporting lingerie underneath her power suit.

Those were the days when feminists talked about equal pay for equal work, and ability of women to stand equally next to men, making a valuable contribution to any workplace on the strength of their ideas, fueled by the prowess of their intellects.

But no more. Suddenly, in a centuries-old flashback, a renewed argument is being made that women need “menstrual leave” so their frail selves can suffer at home during the red blight that ruins their cognitive abilities monthly as they search their purses for product.

If any man suggested this, he would be run out of office, town, or business for daring to insinuate that any such weakness a.) exists at all, b.) Should be discussed, or c.) diminishes a woman’s ability to function.

After all, aren’t feminists on the front lines in arguing women should be on the front lines — of the military, or in fire stations, or in police uniforms, with real weapons and lives on the line. Aren’t these same feminists swooning at the prospect of Hillary Clinton with her finger on the bomb (assuming that she is more wide awake when that 3 a.m. call comes than she was when it came from Benghazi.)

This kind of proposed leave is presumed to be an expression of fairness (which is almost always defined by someone who wants something.)

Author Alice J. Dan writes that Japan has had menstrual leave since the days of World War II as “a symbol for women’s emancipation. It represented their ability to speak openly about their bodies, and to gain social recognition for their role as workers.”

Because nothing says “I’m a great worker” like sharing cycle information with my co-workers.

The Huffington Post jumped on board with the “fairness” of extra days off for this recurring event, comparing it to men needing time to recover from getting kicked in the testicles. Talk about comparing apples and oranges – a reoccurring event in healthy women or an accident.

The menstrual leave campaign is even more ironic when you consider that Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, and Mika Brzezinski, of MSNBC “Morning Joe” fame, have quite a little cottage industry going lecturing other women to “know their value” as though as a class, women were too weak-willed to fight for themselves before they arrived on the scene.