Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Doofus Of The Day #913

Today's award goes to the journalist(s) and/or editor(s) responsible for this utterly ludicrous headline:

It is, of course, complete and utter bull.  Naturally (and I mean that both literally and figuratively) women are, indeed, the only people who menstruate!  It can't possibly be any other way.  Those responsible for this absurd headline are stretching reality in such a pretzel-like fashion that it's grotesque to the point of ridiculousness.

From the article:

When Thinx launched their line of absorbent underwear for periods, they used a slogan that seemed to make sense: “For women with periods.” But as they heard from more and more customers who felt left out by that branding, they realized that women aren’t the only ones who menstruate.

“We kept getting gentle reminders from people that it’s not just women with periods,” Miki Agrawal, founder and CEO of Thinx, tells Yahoo Canada. In response, the company spent a year developing a boyshort product in consultation with trans men and non-binary people who might use it. The resulting underwear, which resembles men’s boxer briefs but has the same absorbent fabric as their more traditionally feminine underwear, is meant to be worn instead of pads or tampons, or as back-up for those products.

Now the new slogan for Thinx is “For people with periods” and one of their campaigns features model Sawyer DeVuyst, who is a trans man. And the company is working on introducing more gender-neutral products in the future, Agrawal says.

The Thinx campaign is one of few acknowledgements from the sanitary products industry that menstruation doesn’t just happen to cisgender women. There are trans men who have to deal with their periods as well as non-binary people who menstruate.

There's more at the link.

Look . . . if a woman chooses to self-identify as a man, but chromosomally, genetically and otherwise is female to the point that she still has periods, THEY ARE NOT A MAN.  THEY ARE A WOMAN.  PERIOD.  (Pun intended.)  Even if the relevant organs are surgically removed, so that periods are no longer physically possible, that won't change the reality of the situation.

It doesn't matter what such people feel like, or what they want to be, or what their friends tell them they can be.  Their bodies, their hormones, their chromosomes, and Mother Nature - all are telling them the truth.  If they choose to deny that truth and pretend to be what they aren't, they are clearly in serious need of psychological and/or psychiatric help - but that does not make them male.  They need not expect anyone with any respect for the truth to aid and abet their delusions by treating them as if they were real.

This is political correctness gone mad, and should be treated as such.  To do otherwise would be dishonest - and the hallmark of a doofus.  It's as simple as that.



m4 said...

While the sheer craziness and hypocrisy is baffling (well, the latter part anyway; I've been on the internet for the former to no longer faze me), there is are two things worth acknowledging:

1) There's no actual reason for underwear to only be in particular styles for particular genders.

2) A company made a product for one demographic, another demographic went HEY WE WANT THAT TOO, and the company made it and is presumably now selling to a broader market.

These two things are actually pretty reasonable. Credit to the company for not letting common sense sink their company (and you can bet your ass this could have).

Stu Garfath. Sydney. said...

A week ago, my 15 year old Granddaughter asked me, 'Grandpa, what do you think about feminism'?.

I pondered for about ten seconds, and replied, 'Nothing'.

She remained seated at the table for about 20 or so seconds, then got up and left the room.
It was a delightfully quiet afternoon after that.

deborah harvey said...

m4, those people were using the product, or a similar one, because they must.
i agree the company 'gently' made a few different designs for the odd ones out, thus possibly saving the company.
i imagine that normal women have used the redesigned products without realizing what they were getting! after all, what's the difference?
in canada, the loony isn't just for money anymore.

Guffaw in AZ said...

But, But...



Anonymous said...

I can't get past the horror that the word "menstruate" has that terrible word "men" in it. Shouldn't it just be changed to "personstruate?" The world would certainly then be a better place. regards, Alemaster

Rolf said...

But if you are a hateful person that points out the truth, or even implies that some things ARE objectively true, then you are a hating hater, because feel-badz. Point out that women and men are different? Put "claim" to be a female in air-quotes? Well, that's offensive, and you need a talking-to. Don't ask me how I know. :-/

Anonymous said...

Nope, just clever marketing. I'm just disappointed there was no mention of kale.