PMS: The Only Reason Women Get Angry?
By Fe Hmelar
If I’m angry I must be PMSing?
In middle school I got into a heated argument with my little brother. I was angry because he wasn’t keeping up with his end of the housework. We were yelling back-and-forth, and all of a sudden he exclaimed, “Why are you so upset, are you PMSing?”
I knew for a fact that I wasn’t because it was not that time of the month.
But I was utterly confused. Did my brother — or men, generally — think that a woman must be hormonally imbalanced in order to be upset?
Donald Trump seemed to think so when Megyn Kelly grilled him on sexist comments he had made, calling women “Fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”
He said her criticism was off-base and that, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her — wherever.”
Must be her period. Because why else would a woman feel disgust at demeaning behavior?
A woman never has any reason to be angry other than hormonal imbalance?
When my brother asked if PMS lay at the root of my anger I thought about the many times I have seen my father and other men become upset to the point of yelling. Like I have seen Donald Trump do many times. Yet not once has anyone asked if they were experiencing hormonal imbalance.
On the contrary, when I asked my mom why my dad yelled she would say, “That’s just the way men are.”
So apparently, boys and men are designed to be tough and loud while girls and women are designed to be seen and not heard. Women are not supposed to feel angry.
I think that this is really about society telling women that we must be submissive and do what others want, fair or not. In a complete disregard for women’s personal needs and sense of self-worth.
If we get upset, it’s hormones, not injustice.