Your Period: How Women Can Play the Trump Card
By now, we all know about the exchange between Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump during the first GOP debate, and the “blood comments” that followed.
As a thinking women, I was appalled by his (alleged—because he is denying it—) assumption that Megyn was “bleeding out of her eyes and her whatever,” but then I saw it as a golden opportunity to change the modicum of respect that a woman receives while on her period.
While this topic has taken the main stage, let’s take a look at how men have been trying to control women by blaming their bold opinions and brash ideas on their periods.
Ladies, do you realize that PMS and periods are our most intuitive and honest days of the month?
Think about when you’ve felt completely irrational or emotionally overtaken, even when you’re not on your period. Those are not your crazy hormones. It’s your internal guidance system that’s informing you of what critically needs to change in your life.
Does PMS make you hate your partner’s drinking? Maybe it’s time to say something. Are you unable to tolerate your kids’ attitudes? Maybe it’s time for family counseling. Do you want to skip work because you’re angry and bloated? Maybe it’s time for a long walk in nature or to quit your job.
When a woman is having her period, these are the kinds of truths she remembers. She shrugs these facts off because, of course, she’s nuts on her period. During the rest of the month, it’s easier for her to ignore it.
Women must accept this new reality that their blood flow equals strength and insight, and that it is essential for them to slow down and acknowledge what is and is not working.
A women in her “period power” has the ability to end dysfunctional relationships, stop abusive situations, and summon up the courage to walk away from those who don’t respect her, if she chooses to do so.
Megyn Kelly did both women and men a favor last Thursday. She reminded us that Mr. Trump’s Twitter account contains disparaging comments about women’s looks, that he told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice he would like to “see her on her knees,” and that he’s called women he doesn’t like “fat pigs, dogs, and disgusting animals.”
Then she asked, “Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?”
With that question, she brought fierce honesty to the moment. I’m not saying she was hormonal or bleeding, but to me, that was a PMS kind of question that should be asked at any time of a woman’s cycle.
The next day, Trump said Kelly’s line of question was “tough, not nice, unfair and inappropriate,” and that she “behaved very badly, was a bimbo, and was the biggest loser of the evening.”
As women, we’ve heard these comments for years about ourselves and other women. Since Donald Trump is still high in the polls, I’m assuming we are somewhat immune to it. Now that this topic is front and center, it’s important that we no longer make menstruation an acceptable excuse to discredit any woman.
A woman’s physiological make-up only strengthens her ability to bring clarity and evoke honesty. Let’s remind our daughters of this now and support women who speak their truth, no matter what time of the month.