As progressives push an ever-increasing number of ‘workplace rights,’ some see “period pay” as a step too far.
“A growing number of countries and companies around the world are adopting menstrual leave as a workplace right, reports Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, “but feminists are divided as to whether it promotes or undermines gender equality.”
While the push for “period pay” seems to be mostly outside the U.S. for now, the topic was raised on Twitter this week and has, interestingly, garnered a lot of ridicule—mostly from women (and a few men).
— The Project (@theprojecttv) August 19, 2019
This is awesome! Every woman will claim extreme pain and get one whole week off each month. What could possibly go wrong. https://t.co/P6et1yW5RN
— Jodi (@APLMom) August 19, 2019
And then when women’s unemployment goes up they will claim it’s sexism … holy Hell this is dumb. #TakeMidol lol
— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) August 19, 2019
I mentioned earlier, I went to work while in labor, because I had to train my replacement.
— The Turquoise Temptress (@heartsabustin) August 19, 2019
I keep thinking about what my great grandmother – who, while working the farm she owned alone, broke her leg and dragged herself a half mile to get help – would say to stories like this. Probably just 🙄.
— Latentem (@Latentem) August 19, 2019
This is ridiculous and insulting. I've seen my husband gouge his leg and without any fuss use a dirty rag and tape to contain it so he could keep working. Surely I can be expected to keep on with some cramps. Sheesh. No wonder they say women are the weaker sex.
— 1st World Parent (@1stWorldParent) August 19, 2019
Then don't pretend we're equal. Because clearly, you're weaker than men and you've destroyed our argument for equal treatment. Thanks for that. Not.
— Tango Foxtrot (@TFinn82) August 19, 2019
Careful… what about all the self identifying women, who are really men? They may identify with period pain just as much as they imagine they’re actually women!!!!
— Naomi Sipus (@NSipus) August 19, 2019
First they insisted they can do everything men can do and entered the work force, now it appears they (feminists) want to make every excuse to get out of it. This shows a big hole in “feminist” beliefs namely: women and men are not the same. #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder
— 🇺🇸Gnome Chumpsky🇺🇸 (@GChumpsky) August 19, 2019
According to a Dutch research study published in BMJ Open in June, researchers found that nearly 14% of all women reported absenteeism during their menstrual periods with 3.4% reporting absenteeism every or almost every menstrual cycle.
While the 3.4% is a significant amount, it is a far cry from offering the equivalent of 12 weeks of paid time off to approximately 50% of the population, in addition to all of the other paid benefits like parental leave, sick days and vacation time.