Today’s Junior Scientist Power Hour is all about ladies and their weird periods! What are periods? We don’t really know. But you can always tell when a woman is on her period because she has opinions that men don’t like, and sometimes they get mad!

It’s not like women get mad any other times, or that even if a woman is on her period, you should still listen to the words she says and not write them off as “crazy uterus talk”

EDIT: There have been concerns that this post is cissexist, as not only women can have periods, and not all women have periods. But the problem I’m talking about here is people who cis-men see as someone who would have a period, which includes trans* women and cis women who don’t even have periods. It’s a way for dudes to tell all of us to shut up, not just people who do have periods.






Check out the contrast between these search results. Not a single “loser”, “easy”, “desperate”, “stupid”, “scum” or similar insult in the search results for fathers.

Why, society, are single fathers so often seen with sympathy and admiration, yet single mothers are painted as a washed-up, disgusting strain on the system?

This is fucked.

I know this is rhetorical, but we know the reason.
Motherhood is not valued in this country, it’s demanded. We have people fighting tooth and nail against abortion, birth control, and then any social program that helps poor mothers. If the world sees you as a woman, you are expected to desire, birth, and raise children, and if you don’t do that, or you do it while poor, or single, or not white, you’re not only failing as a woman but as a mother.
But men, they don’t get defined by their reproductive abilities! They get to be multi-dimensional! And if they spare an occasional thought for the children they brought into the world, it’s a cherry on top of their identity as a person.
Women don’t get the luxury of existing as people outside of parenting, even in 2013. And until we do, this is the shit we’ll be dealing with.

"Motherhood is not valued in this country, it’s demanded."

Story time.

One time my Aunt Donna, who is no longer with us, was in line at a grocery store. A man in front of her was a single father, and she heard the cashier saying “Wow! That man raises a kid all on his own. That must be so hard.” When she was done paying, she said to the cashier “You better talk about me when I leave, because I raise two daughters all on my own, and nobody has ever congratulated me.”