THE WORD MENSTRUATION IS SEXIST AND SHOULD BE CHANGED
Purdue University’s writing lab suggests we use “humanity” instead of “mankind”, despite huMANity still containing gender biased language. They also suggest firefighter to fireman, and synthetic to man made. Because these terms are blatantly offensive, we tend to agree. But does Purdue’s writing guide go far enough?
We say no. Case and point, use of the word menstruation continues to outrage the general public, and rightfully so. Menstruation itself is experienced by a large array of demographics, from female to male transgenders, to females, and yes, even men.
Jed Diamond, PhD., coined the term Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS) to describe the hormonal changes that accompany the cycle of a man. So if everyone has a period, why is the word menstruation so gender biased? Because of the patriarchy, that’s why. Yet another relic from an oppressive history we are trying our best to move beyond.
Our suggestion is we change the word itself in order to make it more palatable. Something gender neutral like personstruation, or zestruation would do just fine. At the very least, differentiate menstruation from womenstruation.
And we aren’t the only ones. The Liberal Sherpa herself, Cathy Areu makes the case that it might be in our best interest to get rid of the word man altogether. Her interview on the subject, taken from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, can be seen below.
The times they are a changin’, and as people continue to evolve, so too should our language. It is in this spirit we suggest a boycotting of the word menstruation, and to all non gender inclusive language. The future we wish to inhabit is one without offense, where words aren’t akin to violence. Only by removing the root “man”, one patriarchal word at a time, can this world become reality. Stay vigilant, and remember, menstruation is sexist and should be changed.
Menstruation is sexist