“Having a period is a choice.”
The Last Word, Period
Our online story about sick leave for women with period pains (“Women Petition for Menstrual Leave Ahead of International Women’s Day,” Mar 8) invited… debate.
If you say women are less efficient because they have more leave then you are wrong. Remember, humans are not robots.
G Na Sheng
No woman should get unquestioned extra paid leave just because they are having a period, which happens 4-5 days every month, which works out to 50 days a year. If they have a legitimate need to take leave, be it severe pains due to flu that affects work, or severe pains due to menstruation that affects work, they can get a doctor’s note and take sick leave legitimately.
Alpha H S Lau
If a female soldier can defend her country in a third world war zone on her period and off then you can get a life and get to work.
Absolutely not - this is a truly idiotic idea and one which will set back any further shift towards workplace equality. Very few women have regular cramps that are bad enough to interfere with the ability to work - and those who do should seek medical help and take sick leave, which is available to both women and men for all kinds of reasons.
Here comes the logic for the new ‘Glass Ceiling.’ Don’t complain when a man makes more money or gets the job you wanted because he will show up and work. It’s about economics, not gender this time… what you’re saying, is that biologically, you can’t compete at that level. Employers will respond in kind. Having a period is a choice today. Before you flip out, take a moment to ponder that last statement.
Mike A. Poteet
Just curious, how is having a period a choice? Please do share, because I would love to not lose so much blood, deal with cramps, mood swings, etc without destroying my body if possible.
Having a period is only a choice for 1) those who can afford it and 2) for those whom it is medically feasible. I had a provoked pulmonary embolism due to the birth control pills that allow you to ‘skip’ your period. Because of this, I will not be able to use hormone based birth control for the rest of my life. So having a period is not a “choice” for me. I don’t currently have an informed opinion about menstrual leave so I won’t comment on it. Which is maybe something you should consider before you just toss your uninformed opinion out there. #justsaying
Fair enough, I’d definitely take the day off if my willy started bleeding