Did we just time travel back to the 1800s?
Just in case you didn’t know, having your period is dirty; a disgusting, shameful, inhuman act resulting in the non-stop waterfall of blood from between the legs.
It only happens to the weaker sex – aka: women – as a form of punishment for immoral behavior, and these women can spread leprosy and deformity if their icky sorceress blood gets anywhere near you.
At least, that’s what people actually thought menstruation meant back in the 1800s.
They also believed women who attended school would have undeveloped ovaries and be unable to have children, sexual arousal was a symptom of female hysteria and that anything that couldn’t be explained could be attributed to witchcraft, another affliction which unsurprisingly only happened to women.
However, despite decades of education, there are some people who remain shockingly uninformed about the natural monthly process of menstruation.
A public pool in Tbilisi, Georgia, recently imposed a ban preventing menstruating women from using the facilities. The sign elucidating the archaic rule, reads, ‘Dear ladies! Do not go to the pool during periods’.
It was spotted by one of the pool’s regular members, Sophie Tabatadze, who posted a picture of it on Facebook expressing your disgust and disappointment.
‘Do you even realise how offensive this is? And, by the way, since according to your rules we are not allowed to use a swimming pool 5-6 days each month, do we get a preferential price compared with men?’ Tabatadze wrote.
Adding fuel to the fire, in an epically failed attempt to gloss over the situation, the pool and fitness club told BuzzFeed its actions weren’t intended to be sexist and were merely put into place as “a preventative object” after a bad experience where “the water was contaminated” by a menstruating woman (read: evil sorceress) who apparently left a tampon floating in it.
Let’s just say if that’s the worst thing these guys have ever seen floating in a public pool, they got off lucky. Not to mention, chlorine was invented for a reason, people. And tampons don’t just ‘drop’ out of women. (They’re more often flung in public by bored highschool kids.)
Sadly, this is not the first time grown adults have retreated to dark ages-style thinking when it comes to periods. As recently as last year, sanitary product makers Kotex felt compelled to run an actual campaign to explain that women who wear tampons to swim in the sea won’t get eaten by sharks. Yeah, really.
Sigh. We clearly have a lot further to go.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to an isolation cell to have my period so I can avoid zombies feasting off of my contaminated loins.
Comment: What’s the most horrifying misconception you’ve ever heard about periods?