Longtime Reader and Total Hottie Mrs. Sorenson is upset by this development:
When Megan Thompson feels unwell while on her period, she can take time off. The 23-year-old can adjust her hours or work flexibly to help cope with severe cramps, migraines and fatigue. But if her period pain gets too bad, the finance company she works for allows her to take additional leave.
“It’s so refreshing being able to say to my manager ‘I’m on my period’ and she knows instantly to offer support,” said Megan. “And they actually offer me time off instead of me having to ask for it.”
Mrs. Sor asks (and I paraphrase somewhat, to spare my Readers’ tender sensibilities):
“WTF is all this nonsense? Whatever happened to just gritting it out? Ditto menopause.”
It should come as no surprise that Mrs. Sor is of the old-school Tough Broad type, who takes no guff from anyone — and in fact is pretty much the same as most women of my era and vintage. New Wife’s opinions on this are absolutely identical to hers, as are my sister’s and, I suspect, all of them. Several of them say things like “That’s why Midol was invented” and “Suck it up, sister” when confronted by today’s weepy feministicals.
Add to this factors such as long (and often mandatory) pregnancy leave demanded of employers, demands for on-workplace childcare facilities and so on, and you end up with the very reasons why in the not-so recent past women were often not hired by employers: they’re just not as productive as men are.
And productivity, lest we forget, is the Holy Grail of any commercial enterprise.
But none of that is important, say the wimmyns, because equality.
Well, if equality means “no special treatment for men”, then I should remind everyone that it cuts both ways — except that’s not how they want it to work, is it?
…because that’s the productivity reality he faces.