Skip to comments.This company is giving women a day off for their periods, which is perk we can get behind
Posted on 07/15/2017 4:46:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Its true that the first day of your period is usually the absolute worst. Its different for everyone, but cramps, fatigue, and irritability are pretty common, and for some women, they can be crippling. Thats what the women of Culture Machine say, at least, in a new video announcing the companys plan to give women the first day of their period off. Culture Machine is a digital media company in Mumbai, which makes this all the more progressive. In rural parts of India, women are often sent out to menstruation huts to wait our their period. The huts are very bare bones no mattresses, obviously no air conditioning, and no running water. Recently, a woman in Nepal died in a menstruation hut.
So for a company in Mumbai to even be talking about periods is a pretty big deal. Devleena S. Majmuder, the President of Human Resources said in a statement, The first day is obviously a not so comfortable day for most. Its time we face the reality. This is not an embarrassment. This is part of life. Ruchir Jochi, the Head of Content, thinks that if men got their periods, they would all be taking off, too. The realization that we have to have is that we dont understand the pain and we dont go through it. If we were to have probably that kind of discomfort, we would possibly not be coming to office or not be doing work at that point of time, he said.
Culture Machine also started a Change.org petition for companies across the subcontinent to offer First Day of Period (FOP) leave. Another Mumbai company has also followed their lead. Japan and Taiwan already offer this type of leave; Italy is currently debating paid period leave for women, too. It would be the first Western country to offer days off for menstruating.
Its kind of a complicated issue. While its important for period to be something women shouldnt be scared of talking about or feel ashamed of, giving women days off to menstruate can also reinforce the idea that women arent capable of doing the equal amount of work that men can do simply because they menstruate. Companies that want to increase productivity might think twice about hiring women if they know theyre taking a standard sick day every thirty days, much like companies used to (and likely still do) be wary of hiring a woman lest she go on maternity leave.
While taking a paid sick day isnt the same thing as a sending a woman into a hut without food or water, it could reinforce the stereotype that women are impure or cant participate in society because their uterus sheds its lining.
Instead of fighting for something that affects just women, better paid sick leave plans all around might be more useful for the feminist cause. That way, every one could get a couple more days to use if their cramps are making work impossible.
I remember some male stand-up comedian (could have been Tim Allen) say “PMS means Punch-My-Spouse”
I don’t hire women of child baring or menstrual age. Middle-aged women are far more reliable. I have a younger woman in a key position. Over the last 10 years, she’s had 2-3 month time-outs for having babies. She is off a lot due to her kids now. She’s really good at her job and everybody loves her, but I won’t do this again.
So if I identify as a woman I can get 2 extra days of vacation a month?
And these same women wonder why there is a ‘wage gap’. SMH
Medical leave shouldn’t be based on First Day of Period or periods at all. It should be based on disabling conditions.
I am fortunate that, although I had regular cycles from age 12 to 52 (except when I was pregnant or lactating) I never once had menstrual cramps. It would have been unjust to give me one day a month off for no reason, just because I’m female.
OTOH, some women really would have needed two days off. Some men with recurring conditions -— for instance, a need for dialysis, regularly scheduled therapies for muscular skeletal conditions, etc —might need more.
So, no. Not First Day if Period, but something tailored for both sexes and a wider variety of conditions.
Take a pill and go to work.
There’s a study out there that says that when women hang out together they start to menstruate around the same time. Consider a business when all the women call in crampy the same day. LOL. May they all cramp on week-ends and holidays.
Because women deserve to be treated exactly the same as men.
Come on. Everybody knows men can’t become women :)
1. This makes women seem more vulnerable/weak/sick than men, undermining feminism’s “women are equal or better”. You can be pretty much equal or catered to snowflakes in need of coddling, pick one.
This isn’t a sexist statement, since I’m a woman.
2. This will lead to employers continuing to bias toward hiring older women versus younger ones who may need maternity leave and now this type of leave. Obamacare already incentivized hiring someone old enough to rely on Medicare.
And these are called “periodic” vacations, I suppose?
My wife was always more reliable at calculating the checking account balance than I - except occasionally, which at a certain point I came to realize always correlated with the calendar . . .
The new Bruce Jenner holiday
Yeah sure, only one day now but where does it end?!
Why would a company hire women when they get more work out of men?
That’s going to be the same whether this is implemented or not, so our wackadoodle government will continue to force companies to hire women, which hurts all of us.
I didn’t get this perk. I want reparations for all the years not being given this.
If you can’t do the job, you shouldn’t have the job.
I don’t know what to say about this... I can see it adding to the problems women face in being taken seriously. On the other hand, when I was young, I would not have turned this down because I had a tendency to vomit and then pass out on Day One.
Come on. Everybody knows men cant become women :)
Oh come on. Everyone knows men can menstruate!
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