It sounds like an excuse a character from "Mad Men" would come up with to avoid hiring a woman: claiming she can't do the work because she would need several days off each month due to her menstrual cycle.
Yet that is precisely what a company in Bristol, U.K., is doing. The organization, called Coexist, which manages event spaces, is planning to offer paid leave for women who are on their periods. The company, which employs 24 women and seven men, believes that giving women the paid time off for their periods doesn't make a business unproductive, but allows women to "synchroniz[e] work with the natural cycles of the body," according to Company Director Bex Baxter.
"For women, one of these is their menstrual cycles. Naturally, when women are having their periods, they are in a winter state, when they need to regroup, keep warm and nourish their bodies," Baxtertold the Mirror. "The spring section of the cycle, immediately after a period, is a time when women are actually three times as productive as usual."
Think about it. You have the option between a man who can work an entire month, and a woman who requires to be paid the same amount but for fewer days. How is that not going to cause problems for young women first entering the workplace?
Speaking of pay, women in the developed world also already complain about a wage gap that's allegedly due to discrimination (it's not). You think requiring extra paid leave because of this won't depress wages? Again, activists can fall back on the Equal Pay Act (if they actually acknowledge it exists, they currently don't appear able to), but companies would be able to prove a financial incentive to pay the woman less — she's working fewer days.
How much more special treatment will women need before they are "equal"?
That rather nasty article is called "on period leave: ladies, suck it up and go to work"
What a misogynistic rubbish!
Sure, men had the paid period leave for ages! When a soldier would receive a shrapnel wound and start bleeding from it, he would be taken to the hospital and laid in bed for days being paid for doing nothing!
And bleeding from a bullet hole is not as bad as bleeding from a vagina. No!
After all, how many soldiers were being fucked in their bullet holes? Perhaps none at all.
And no babies ever came out of the torn off limb either.
All these wounds have no value, compared to vagina. A wounded soldier would get paid only due do patriarchal oppression of the women and their slave labour. It is about time we bring some equality to the workplaces.
Period leave is only a tiny step in a right direction.
Women should get paid leave not just for their periods, but also for all the other womanly things, such as manicure, pedicure, massage therapy sessions, cellulite reduction treatment, hair removal and fashion shopping.