Gloria, you got to love her! She knows how to transform people and perspectives. Switching gender roles shows us how we create fictions around the subject of a bleeding uterus. What we take as objective or value-free (menstruation- shh, just clean it up!) is really man-made meaning. The riff above gives us a glimpse into how sexual difference is socially constructed. In other words, it shows the show.
I’ve enjoyed reading Regina Barreca’s lively rejoinder to Satoshi Kanazawa’s “Why modern feminism is illogical, unnecessary, and evil.” Yet clearly the evil among us is menstruation. Or rather, how we think about it.
Contrary to what Kanazawa says, feminism (a multi-vocal movement) does not claim “men and women are on the whole identical.” Feminism does, however, strive to illuminate how social and historical conditions make men and women seem more different than they are. For instance, Third Wave feminists of today detach menstruation from the gendered body. They reach out to transsexed people (Male-Females do menstruate) and acknowledge that not all women have a period (post-menopausal females do not). Of late, these plucky feminists have also been toying with the notion of menstrual taboos.