One school has recently found itself in very hot water after the headteacher decided that the girls couldn’t call in sick if they had their periods.
Shocking, we know. Read on to find out more…
This may repulse some people who can’t handle reading anything about the inner workings of a female, but do me a favor and grow up.
Some people seem to think that the menstrual cycle is some sort of taboo subject that needs to be avoided at all costs, but I’m here to remind you that it’s not. It’s a natural part of the female routine.
In a simple explanation, the cycle involves the removal of an unfertilized egg with the lining of the womb. That’s literally it.
There’s nothing repulsive about it.
We find it hard to talk about it openly because society has always stigmatized it. Even to this day, my mom will whisper the word “period” around my brothers like it’s some secret that they have no idea about. Clearly, she’s never sat through an awkward science lesson in middle school.
In India and other parts of Asia, the idea that a woman can be on her period seems to be too hard to accept. Girls as young as eleven have been shunned while on their period in a “cleansing custom.”
This is when a woman is typically removed from her household and placed into a hut, or a shack, where she will reside while she is menstruating. That’s right. She is physically removed from society and put into isolation because she is deemed “dirty” if her body is in the natural process of removing an unfertilized egg.
But sadly, one school has come under fire for its very controversial way of dealing with the issue.
After telling girls they wouldn’t be allowed to call in sick due to their periods.
And they pointed out how important it is to take periods seriously.
Telling them periods are “part of being a woman”.
After the school had received a large number of absentees due to girls suffering with their periods.
“Learning to deal with monthly inconvenience is all part of being a woman.”
One student said: “Obviously I have to understand that people cannot take their whole period off each month but that is not what anyone is trying to do.”
“Sometimes, I get so dizzy I pass out or vomit – obviously on these days, I would not consider myself fit to go into school.”
“The fact Dr. Watson sent the email out to the whole of the sixth form as well, including the boys, is just making boys think it isn’t bad and that they shouldn’t be sympathetic.
“I am now quite uncomfortable to think of my next periods and how I will manage them at school, as I’m sure the majority of girls are.”
And said that both painkillers and heat packs are available from the school nurse.
“Any female student asking to be sent home ‘ill’ or phoning in ‘ill’ who has a period will not find this is a suitable excuse.”
Another student said: “Obviously as women, we must find ways of dealing with this, but occasionally, the pain is too much to handle.
“We understand the motive behind the email, and we don’t want to use our periods as a way to prevent our learning but we feel there is a lack of compassion for what girls experience each month.”
She said: “Anywhere where you work you can’t take two days off for being on your period.
“If it’s just an ordinary period, you should come into school – unfortunately taking that time off is not how society works.
“The email is about attendance, that was simply the point – my slightly tongue-in-cheek way of saying it maybe got to some of the girls, but the email was to get across the message to be in school.”
“I do think they’re right to be upset about that [the email being sent to boys] and I probably shouldn’t have done that and perhaps it was a bit foolish of me,” she said.
And that the school spends “a huge amount of time supporting students with issues and health-related matters.”
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