• Last month, Trump and his coterie signed a bill to withhold funding from Planned Parenting services. In other words, a group of people without wombs made a pledge to de-fund womb-care. Would things be different if Trump and co. had wombs of their own? In 1978, Gloria Steinem asked a similar question. What would happen if men could menstruate and women could not? Well, getting your first period would be seen as ‘the envied beginning of manhood’ celebrated with family dinners and stag parties, and menopause would be welcomed as ‘the symbol that men had accumulated enough years of cyclical wisdom’. On the other hand, priests would argue that women were ‘unclean’ without a monthly purge of impurities, and medical schools would bar their entry, claiming they would ‘faint at the sight of blood’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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