In many ways, women have historically had it worse than men. One of the things that every woman has to worry about at some point in her life is whether or not she’s got what she needs to take care of her feminine hygiene when she’s on her period. I’ll be honest. I’m extremely relieved that one of the things I don’t have to deal with in my life is having a period. Although I’ve always been happy to buy my wife the supplies she needs, it is always with some relief that I look down that aisle with a million different options and not having to make my own choices about whether or not to buy the pads with wings.
Although women become accustomed to their periods, they can’t be a lot of fun. Whether women suffer from painful cramps, increased acne, or just the discomfort of bleeding for a week every single month, it’s just something that isn’t pleasant. And every single woman I’ve ever known has an embarrassing period story. My wife says she was wearing white pants to school on the day she started her period. Besides all of the usual issues of periods, there is also a thing called period poverty, which means that not everyone has money to pay for the supplies they need for their periods every month.
One study conducted in 2019 stated that about 92% of high school women reported needing period products while they were at school but only 42% of schools offered them. Those schools that do offer them charge for them. It seems that with all of this going on, the least we guys can do is be respectful and understanding. Well, one stepfather took to Reddit to ask if he was “the a**hole” for asking his stepdaughter to stop using period products in the bathroom that she shares with his two teenaged sons. In short, the concensus from everyone on Reddit was that yes, he is the “a**hole.”
The good thing is that this had a happy-ish ending. Of course, the woman made it all better by giving a full and intensive “periods for pricks” class to the guys in the house.