'Non-Binary Trans Menstruator' Reveals What It's Like To Have a Period When You're Not a Woman | 22 Words

Gender can be a difficult topic to discuss with your kids, but one non-binary person has bravely opened up on a particularly taboo topic...

In today's day and age, more and more people are identifying as "non-binary."

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Long gone are the days where there are simply "men" and "women."

It's 2021, and there are hundreds of different ways in which a person can identify...

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And non-binary is certainly becoming more common.

But what exactly does non-binary mean?

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According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, β€œnon-binary" is the term people use to describe genders that don't fall into the 2 binaries of male or female.

Many people feel more comfortable with identifying as non-binary...

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But, of course, there are several people out there who can't bear the idea of a person identifying as something outside of the "normal" genders.

So they lash out.

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Like most who are uneducated on the topic, many people sit behind their keyboards and send abusive messages to those who identify as non-binary... for reasons completely unbeknown to most.

Understandably, this kind of abuse takes a toll on people's mental health...

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And some think the best way to address the issue is by teaching kids from an early age all about gender.

Education is the key to stop misinformation.

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Especially when it comes to topics such as gender, when you stop a child from asking questions and shush them, you're automatically teaching them that the topic is wrong.

There's a much better way of talking about gender if the topic arises...


And one non-binary person has offered their perspective on one particularly taboo topic - periods.

Gender-neutral or non-binary people face problems while out in public...

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And one person opened up about their issues this week.

Safe to say, reactions came in strong to the deeply personal post...

Cass Bliss wrote a truly enlightening article about getting your period as a non-binary person.

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"I am a nonbinary trans menstruator ― someone with a uterus that bleeds monthly, but who identifies outside of the fixed categories of male and female."

"Because of that, I have to navigate the challenges of getting my period every month in a world that refuses to acknowledge that not everyone who gets their period is a woman, and not every woman gets their period."

"What does a nonbinary trans person do when our period comes rolling around once each month and instantly reminds us that no matter how hard we try much of the world will still see us as women just because we get our periods?"

"The persistent gendered messages I regularly encounter hit me like thousands of metal slivers piercing through my skin: the feminine hygiene signs, the lack of disposal bins in men's restrooms, the sanitized advertisements featuring thin white women preserving their femininity with dainty white pads and periwinkle 'blood.'"

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"Nonbinary people need to be able to go to the bathroom that makes sense for them to be safe and healthy. Others might be uncomfortable for a while as we transition to something new, but discomfort is something that we can handle while we get used to ways of doing things that are safer and healthier for all, instead of leaving out some."

"When I run out of products, I have to go looking for a pad, tampon or even a cup that's not awash in the traditionally feminine coding of pinks, purples and flowers."

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"I slink down under the gaze of those 'Feminine Hygiene' signs at Target, CVS and Walgreens and try to grab anything that won't make my period dysphoria worse."

"Dysphoria is also an incredibly difficult issue for trans menstruators to grapple with, particularly while our bodies are enduring significant physical and hormonal changes that come with our menstrual cycles."

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"Though it may be easier to convince the public to accept a sanitized version of the fight for menstrual equity ― just as it's easier for companies to advertise pads with the skinny white woman and her dainty pads ― at the end of the day, we cannot effectively rid the world of the period taboo unless we are doing so for all menstruators."

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