REBUTTAL: Teen Vogue Refers to Women as "Menstruators" in Article About Period Cups
Discussion of periods is gross. I promise not to discuss details of menstruation because that's not the overriding point here. Teen Vogue, who also published a guide on anal sex (Teen Vogue Publishes How-To Guide On Anal Sex. For Teenagers.) referred to women as "menstruators" in their newest guide you needn't ever read.
That's all you need to see.
I skimmed enough of the article to know you don't need to read it, I don't need to read it, no one needs to read it. But the article presents a couple of points I must rebut.
First, and most obviously, it's is incredibly sexist to refer to women as "menstruators." The moniker is more inline with what a rabid misogynist would call women, maybe 100 or more years ago before someone took him out back and kicked him in the ballsack. Preferably kicked by someone wearing spike-toed boots. Calling women "menstruators" is like calling men "ejaculators." It's wrong, it's gross, it needs to stop before it takes hold in the all inclusive world of transgenderism, where real women get screwed by wannabe pretty ugly men. We should not refer to women by their bodily functions. Period.
Who would've thought I'd have to write "women shouldn't be labeled by a special bodily function" after the supposed landmark success of feminism? Why must real women be relabeled because some men are upset they're not women? Trick question. Men who think they're ladies are not ladies. I will not tolerate being labeled a "mensturator" over some man's hurt feelings because he has a mushroom-capped giggle stick instead of a front hole.
Secondly, the article you shouldn't read but I skimmed to be dutiful to my work, states menstruation has a "stigma." I assume because some people, like men, don't want to talk about menstruation despite it being a normal bodily function.
Ejaculation is also a normal bodily function. Guess what? I don't want men talking about it around me. I get a little grossed out when a bunch of guys are yucking it up about their secret sauce. No matter how it came out of their tallywhacker. Falls under the "know your audience" rubric.
Ladies generally don't like hearing about men's jizz shots. Men generally don't like hearing about women's red flow. This isn't hard.
Pooping is also a perfectly normal bodily function. As are staph infections. Straining pimples. Hemorrhoids. Phlegm. But pardon me if I don't want to talk about the viscosity of your throat snot. It's not a stigma. It's just gross.
The human body is a marvelous thing. But let's not pretend it's not also disgusting. Probably every healthy person has had a bout with explosive diarrhea. Doesn't mean we need to all sit around and talk about color, texture, and splash patterns at dinner parties.
For the record, I don't care if women's magazines talk about menstruation. Fine by me. Ladies share pretty intimate details about their bodily functions amongst themselves. But not all women want to hear about every single disgusting detail if she's not a doctor. Again, that's not a stigma.
Funnily enough, seems to Teen Vogue the word "women" should be stigmatized. No, it shouldn't. It's normal to be a woman with normal womanly functions. It's normal to be a man with normal manly functions. No part of the female experience should be a stigma just because a man can't also experience it. Up to and including the act of being called a real woman.