We asked Major Manstruation (aka Dan Greenwood) to explain...
I know what you’re thinking, a bloke writing a guest blog for Bloody Good Period. Now, I will assure you that there will be no mansplaining from me, if there is anything man-tagonistic (© Me) feel free to tell me via @dan_j_i
However, I am not going to attempt to understand how it feels to have the menstrual cycle for the best part of your adult life. I really wanted to give you my narrative, from a man’s perspective.
But, as a man I am meant to run away and hide at the very thought of periods, in fact the simplest way of stopping a friend of mine from talking is by saying something period related. It’s a biological function which is largely not in the view of male eyes, for me growing up it was never discussed. I remember finding an unused tampon belonging to my older sister, removing the tampon and using the applicator as a gun sight taped to her hockey stick. I didn’t have a clue what it was, but remember getting a right royal telling off.
As a dad of a soon to be four year old boy, I know I won’t have to explain why every month he bleeds. However, I will be explaining that this is a perfectly normal occurrence for a female to have, and it’s not just relegated to the human species. I have no idea how it feels and never will, although the descriptions from females I’ve heard doesn’t reconcile well with the adverts of women roller-skating in the sunshine while the blue liquid is caught.
The issue of period poverty was raised to me early this year when I read in the mainstream news about the young adults unable to attend school due to the embarrassment and reality of not having protection during their periods.
What’s this to do with me? I suppose is the question, why did I choose the fact that thousands of women in poverty are unable to adequately protect themselves or their family?
To tell you the truth, I am male and have no female dependents, it has very little bearing on my life but there again neither does the vast majority of charities. I don’t have many real struggles in my life, the ones I do have are so trivial I wouldn’t dare mention.
The reason behind I support bloody-good really is empathy, just being human, being a father, a son, and brother. I will never understand how it feels emotionally and physically to have a period, and I really hope I never know real poverty, especially in a different country to my birth. Surely it shouldn’t matter what I have dangling to understand that period poverty is unfair and needs to be tackled head on, regardless of your gender.