Periods Blamed for Plumbing Pains

Holy Hormones Honey! Great commentary by Beth Greenfield about blaming menstruation – menses again. Why the act alone is Mother Nature’s most perfect plumbing system.¬† It is not menstruation that plugs the plumbing – it is the damn tampons – and women did not make them – nor did Mother Nature!

Why are our Periods Blamed for Everything? Plumbing Problems are Latest Menses Fallout.

By | Healthy Living
March 15, 2013

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You can now officially add “plumbing problems” to the list of things that a woman’s period is blamed for.

That’s according to at least one dodgy San Francisco landlord, who has been harassing a female tenant for allegedly causing his plumbing system to go all out of whack, and demanding that she hang a “Do Not Flush Tampons” sign in her personal bathroom.

“The building has some plumbing issues for which I have been repeatedly blamed (they have been going on since I moved in),” the tenant wrote to the San Francisco Appeal’s Tenant Troubles column Wednesday, prompting Jezebel to pick up the tale.

“My landlord has started calling me once or twice a week to tell me how I have caused the problem and how stressed I am making him,” she wrote. “I’ve been told I am using too much toilet paper, that grease has been leaking out of the pipes when the plumbing backs up, and other disgusting things that I’d rather not include.”

That’s when she was instructed to hang said sign over her toilet. “Can they request or force me to hang signs like that?” she wanted to know.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.