When he saw that his period had come, Raines says, he was frozen — after going for years without having a period, he had "kind of forgotten that my body could still technically do that."
“I worked hard to not let it affect me in a negatively way [...] It didn’t make me any less of a man,”
While Raines says that his situation was very specific, it draws more attention to the fact that
— and it's time we start discussing it more often.
Men can't menstruate
. They also can't birth babies, fondle their own natural bewbs, or possess a vajayjay. Real men have a long pee-pee and an uncanny ability to turn teeth brushing into a competition. Real women have a vagina and uncanny ability to overanalyze any and all dating scenarios.
Women menstruate. Women have babies. Women have bountiful breasts with which to lactate and feed babies they've birthed. Gawked at by menfolk who are neither menstruating nor lactating. Gender differences. They're real. They're biological. They're not suits worn depending on the occasion.
Transmen are not men. Transwomen are not women. Simply declaring that which you believe in your delusional mind doesn't alter biological reality. In this case, a "transman" (biological woman) being surprised that her biological functions are returning. Duh. Every cell in this woman's body tells her she's a woman. Because she's a woman.
If I declare myself a goddess, I will not suddenly boast supernatural powers of etherial beauty. Similarly, one cannot declare themselves a cat and jump from high places with grace, falling without bashing in their already empty skull. Reality is predicated on reality, not a fantasy. How is this hard? How much longer does humanity have?
"Men" having periods has become an unfortunate pattern. Steven is here to debunk such mythical ideations.