I am a 60 year old man and men of my vintage don’t, or at least until very recently didn’t, talk about periods.
Of course because men have always held disproportionate sway over what could and should be discussed, and therefore in determining what is and isn’t important, there have been no speeches on menstruation.
For this, and countless other gender-based failings, men should, and this one does, apologise.
It’s self-evident that I cannot know the lived experience of one of nature’s essential features. However, the same can be said of many other things, once shunned in public discourse, but now everyday parlance.
Our communities have been blighted by austerity, that conscious, pernicious decision taken by far-away, and out of touch, politicians. In my constituency work I’ve been confronted by the brutal consequences of poverty and, until recently, that was poverty which had implications for housing, energy and well-being. Thus far at least, no-one has come to me and mentioned ‘period poverty’. Perhaps why would they speak about it to a middle-aged man?
Raising awareness of an issue is fundamental to seeking policy change. I regret I am late to this matter and thank Monica and others for highlighting it. I’m troubled to think of the additional anguish that has, and continues to be caused by period poverty and it must end.
I wish Monica well in her efforts to right a wrong and improve things for women and girls and I hope that all ‘men of my vintage’ give her their support