We talk about granting women period leaves. But how can we attain it when women are met with criticism by fellow employees, especially men, when they talk about periods openly at the office? According to a report by The Independent, many women face discrimination at the office over their periods. Either their colleagues don’t take their pain seriously or they are at the receiving end of derogatory remarks.
For example, a woman took to Reddit’s r/antiwork subreddit to share how she got a warning at the office for discussing her periods at work. Because she works as a supervisor, she is expected to not make employees “uncomfortable”. All she did was reveal that she was having period cramps, as was another employee.
“I just got a verbal warning for discussing my period on the job. I’m a supervisor, apparently that means the standards are ‘different’ bc I made someone ‘uncomfortable’. I didn’t even bring it up, one of my supervisees was telling me she was having menstrual cramps. I told her I was too. That was it,” the user wrote.
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Women online, who have had similar experiences, shared their feelings and expressed how employees across offices should be sensitized regarding topics such as menstruation and menstrual health.
Here’s a look at some responses:
It is truly bizarre to see how even today, grown-up people are unable to stand amidst discussions about a very normal, natural biological process.