This story emerged in the U.K. Telegraph last Sunday, and the news hit Sky News in Australia on Friday, where a disbelieving host announces that school children in Britain are being taught that boys can have periods too.
Boys can menstruate. And menstruation disposal bins belong in boys’ bathrooms, too. pic.twitter.com/G01ugLLD9Q
— Andy C. Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) December 22, 2018
School children will be taught that “all genders” can have periods in new sex education lessons, in a victory for transgender rights campaigners. The advice to teachers was approved by Brighton & Hove City Council as they try to tackle stigma around menstruation. The new advice follows a council report which said: “Trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods”, adding that “menstruation must be inclusive of all genders”. Bins used for menstruation products will be provided in all toilets for children, according to the report.
So what drove the city council to take this step? The council said in a statement, “We believe that it’s important for all genders to be able to learn and talk about menstruation together… Our approach recognises the fact that some people who have periods are trans or non-binary.” The Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health has the council’s back, saying that primary school children should be taught about LGBT issues. We had serious doubts about Britain when police were posting photos of confiscated gardening tools, but this is a step beyond.
Boys will bleed from every other orifice if they don't get their science shit together.
— Debra Cole (@DebrainAustin) December 22, 2018
If a boy bleeds like that, no dispoal bin is necessary. Its a GI bleed & they need a doctor. #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder
— Nelson, Murdock & Page (@robbyjr04) December 22, 2018
As we slide off into the deep end. 🙄
— honeybunny97 (@MaryShuger) December 22, 2018
— Amy (@famousamosquito) December 22, 2018
— Earl (@fox_earlj) December 22, 2018
This explains why I get cranky once a month while shaving my beard.
— Blackhorse610 (@pturch) December 22, 2018
If 30 years ago I thought these would be the types of discussions we’d be having today I would have said that nobody can be that stupid. I also would have been wrong.
— Paul Wagner (@TexTBone) December 23, 2018
The future is turning into a horror show.
— Buckers70 (@buckers70) December 22, 2018
Bro, I feel mine coming on any day now
— Vego the Cruel (@JoshuaVego) December 22, 2018
— Christopher Olson ن (@chrisolsonnd) December 22, 2018
— Chad Emery (@publicemery1) December 22, 2018
It’s called MENstruation for a reason.
— Emery² (@emeryemeryii) December 22, 2018
They might want to get that checked out
— Bush (@bushdid411) December 23, 2018
— Karwolo Kamei, Esq. (@kthegreat123) December 22, 2018
Is today Opposite Day?
— Michael Wolfe (@mjw_31) December 22, 2018
We should make seperate bathrooms for menstruaters and non-menstruaters. All it would take is a new sign on the door.
— Vagn Henning Ebbesen (@Vagn_Henning) December 22, 2018
That’s not a bad idea; it’s inexpensive and quick to implement — like at Hampshire College, where they settled on “Restroom With Urinals” and “Restroom Without Urinals” door signs.