A non-binary person has divided opinions this week with their stance on periods.
Scroll on to hear what they had to say…
Now, the number of people identifying as non-binary has been rising steadily throughout the last few years.
Historically, people – transgender people included – are either male or female.
But recently, some are insisting that they don’t quite fit into the categories of “man” or “woman,” or “male” or “female,” and thus identify as “non-binary.”
Well, “non-binary” is the term used by people who don’t identify as male nor female.
The idea that there are only 2 genders is sometimes called a “gender binary,” because binary means “having 2 parts.” Therefore, people use “non-binary” to describe genders that don’t fall into one of these 2 categories, male or female.
On top of people identifying as “non-binary,” some people have been claiming that “male” or “female” are not the only genders out there.
Despite our physical anatomy…
They believe that there are over a hundred genders in which a person can identify.
The British broadcaster, BBC, came under fire for promoting such an “absurd” theory…
In 2019, the BBC told teachers who work with children aged between 9 and twelve that there are “100, if not more” gender identities.
While some praised their efforts of being inclusive…
Others were outraged by the concept and insisted that the claim of a hundred genders was actually disrespectful to trans people, and therefore, not inclusive.
Many are still set in the belief that there are only 2 genders.
Stephanie Davies-Arai, the founder of Transgender Trend, which represents parents concerned about the surge in the diagnosis of children as transgender, said:
“This is made-up nonsense. People are free to identify as anything they like, but this does not change the reality that there are only 2 sexes.”
No matter what people believe, there’s no doubt that there’s an increasing fluidity when it comes to some people’s gender identity…
And now, one person who identifies in such a way has spoken about their experience as a non-binary person who menstruates.
Caroline Colvin, a sex and dating writer for Elite Daily, has written about what it is like to menstruate as a non-binary person…
And expressed their belief on how menstrual cycles need to “no longer be associated with womanhood.”
Of course, their words divided plenty of opinions online…
In an op-ed for Health, Caroline described period stigma as “transphobic.”
“I became acutely aware of how transphobia compounds period stigma. This phenomenon is hard to ignore when retailers consistently label menstruation-related products ‘feminine hygiene’ and ‘women’s health care’.”
“As a trans, non-binary person who doesn’t fit the traditional labels of masculine or feminine, I feel overwhelmed by the cisnormative packaging.”
They then suggested:
“How about we just label pads, tampons, and pain relief for periods “menstrual products” and call it a day?”
They believe that period products shouldn’t be targeting a female-only audience.
“Yes, many women do bleed. But being born with a uterus doesn’t automatically mean you’re a woman. Plus, the association of ‘menstruating’ with ‘womanhood’ doesn’t just erase the experiences of trans men, intersex people, and gender non-conforming folks.”
“This association can also hurt cis women who have health issues and don’t menstruate at all.”
“Womanhood shouldn’t hinge on biological functions. Womanhood should depend on how people self-identify. Full-stop.”
You can read their full article here.
What do you think? Should periods no longer be associated with and marketed towards just women?