If Men Could Menstrate

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Literature With Lady Grey

men.menstrateAh, perhaps my favorite work of Gloria Steinem. “If Men Could Menstruate” is simply perfect: a wonderful satirical essay about the inequalities between men and women. She begins with a discussion about many different “superior” and “inferior” groups. How do they get labeled as such? In this essay, Steinem says, “Whatever a ‘superior’ group has will be used to justify its superiority, and whatever an ‘inferior’ group has will be used to justify its plight. Black men were given poorly paid jobs because they were said to be ‘stronger’ than white men, while all women were relegated to poorly paid jobs because they were said to be ‘weaker.'” And  the world begins to make sense.

From this logic, Steinem imagines a world where men had periods and women did not have the honor to enjoy this monthly magic. The men, still the “superior” group of power, would boast of their…

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