What the actual EFF?!
As women in the workplace, we've all had our share of the occasional sexism. And just like the strong, independent women of steel we are, we've learned to adapt and even retort in a civilized manner.
Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to hinder or lessen the sexist comments. And now, there are men who take their sexism into a whole new level... by tracking their female co-worker's periods.
According to a report in The Mirror, "men are using apps to track female co-workers' menstrual cycle so they can 'avoid' them and 'be nice' when they are on their period."
All we can say is... what the actual hell?
The article says that these apps were originally created for women to track their own periods, because as women, we know how unpredictable Mother Nature can be. She'll be on time for a couple of months, and just when you thought she'd be around her usual time, she decides to throw a surprise visit, throwing off your cycle.
Thus, men decided to use these apps for their own benefit as well so they can avoid interacting with PMS-ing women in the vicinity.
And the story gets even better (please note the sarcasm)! The real icing on the cake is that the apps that track periods were created... FOR MEN.
"Apps such as iAmAMan and uPMS are encouraging men to track work colleagues' and partner's menstrual cycle claiming it will help them avoid women when they are PMSing," says The Mirror. Fortunately, these apps are no longer available for download.
Now, you may have a different reaction to this app other than "What the hell?" One woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke to The Sun after she found out her co-worker had been tracking her menstrual cycle — and not just hers, but the cycle of every woman in their office! Even worse, he shared the information with the other males in the office!
Surprisingly, this anonymous woman was OK with it.
"They want to stay away from me when I'm PSMing because I get a bit moody," she said. When asked if she thought this behavior was appropriate, she admitted that it wasn't, but that she would like to see her male co-worker as a friend and not just a colleague. So, we guess she's OK with being the end of a sexist act.
And this male colleague? "I'm just trying to stay away from trouble," he said to The Sun, defending his actions.
So, not only are women assumed to be "moody" because we're PMS-ing, but we also have to deal with these men butting into the private affairs of our uterus. And what gets us even moodier and more annoyed is when men assume that we're on our period.
Menstrual cycles affect women in different ways. Yes, some women get "moody" during their period (what do you expect when you're bleeding non-stop for 3 to 7 days?!), but the common misconception men have about PMS is that it doesn't happen on the days when we have our period. PMS happens 14 days before the actual bleeding.
When the creator of PMS Meter, one of the menstrual cycle tracking apps for men, was asked about why he created the app, he admitted that it was originally supposed to be a joke.
"Woman don't appreciate it when you come home and maybe things are a little tense, and the man says 'Hey, do you have PMS?'" Jordan Eisenberg told CNET. No, Mr. Eisenberg. No, we don't.
Maybe we need an app that tracks when men are being jerks so we can stay the hell away from them... forever.