(Tea Party 247) – You may think that Seventeen magazine is just for girls, but then, you wouldn’t be very woke, would you?
Seventeen now features such titles as “What Trans & Non-Binary Menstruators Should Know About Periods,” for “boys” who get their periods.
In other words..girls who think they’re boys and still get their periods, because, well, they’re girls.
Welcome to 2019.
The article is written by the self-anointed “Period Prince,” a “non-binary & trans period activist” named Cass Bliss.
She (xe?) writes:
When I was 15 and looked down at the brown blood spot on my underwear for the very first time, I felt like part of me had died. Before I started menses, I was happily living as an androgynous tomboy who didn’t care about what the world thought of my gender. But after having been told constantly that periods are about womanhood – by friends, the media, and advertisements – I was crushed when I started bleeding. I felt like I had no choice but to live my life pretending to be someone I was not.
Almost one decade later, I finally gathered the strength to come out to the world as trans, and because of the violence and transphobia that I have experienced since coming out, I have committed my life to creating more spaces for folks like me to be celebrated for who we are. So, when I hear the media talk about periods and reference only girls and women, or when I find out that International Menstrual Hygiene Day was awash in a flood of feminine rhetoric, I am consistently reminded that the world does not believe that I exist.
So, to all of the trans, nonbinary, intersex, and agender menstruators out there: I’m here to remind you that you DO exist, you ARE important, and together we can get through our menstrual cycles, one tampon at a time.
No one believes this woman doesn’t exist of course, and I don’t think that she even needs to have it explained to her that hey, she’s a woman, and that’s why she has a period.
Her own body provides the irrefutable evidence that she simply would like to believe she is a male, which she’s not.
Nonetheless, it continues:
While directing readers on how to find more “gender-inclusive period products,” she says, “If you’ve ever walked through the aisles of a CVS or Target and felt bathed in a relentless wave of pinks and purples, you know how difficult it is to find period products that don’t scream, ‘YOU’RE A GIRL.’”
Maybe that’s because everyone who has ever had a period is a girl.
Bliss even goes on to lament the fact that, every time she gets her period, it gets harder to disguise her female body.
Not only do we have to deal with cramps and mood swings during our periods, but we also have to deal with the crushing weight of anxiety that our bodies are wrong. Whenever I get my cycle, my boobs swell out and I can’t wear my favorite binder – so I have to feel the weight of my chest for 4-5 days while I try to remind myself that I’m not a freak, there’s nothing wrong with me, and that the anxiety will pass soon. The dysphoria we feel during our cycle is very much real and can be incredibly difficult to go through on top of all of the other side effects of periods…
Gender dysphoria is a mental illness. Period. This is the only conclusion one can draw while reading this story.
It needs to be treated as such, or we will continue down this dangerous and truth-denying path while people like Bliss are validated and continue to validate others’ mental illness until there’s no turning back.