Menstruation, as normal a function in the body as respiration, is however a cause of cringe for some men. Even with bigger problems such as women’s health and access to proper sanitation around, it is how a woman tending to her menstrual cramps made a man uncomfortable that is making news. In utter disbelief, a UK resident took to a parenting website called Mumsnet to talk about how a man at her workplace complained about her to the HR department because she was holding a hot water bag on her lap to give her some relief from her menstrual cramps. Yes, we are as surprised as you are.
The post, which was posted a while back, has resurfaced online and generated a lot of traction on the Internet, especially on Twitter. The woman, with the username Snuffalo, narrated the incident, naming the ‘highly sensitive person’ ‘Guy’. He noticed that she had a hot water bottle nestling on her lap and asked her if she was feeling cold. She replied that she was, in fact, using it for pain relief. “He looks confused and then literally horrified and then he walks away,” she wrote. Within 10 minutes an HR admin inquired about her well-being after Guy said she was not well and should go home. Ten more minutes later, the HR director called her to a meeting room and told her that she should not be discussing her medical problems with anybody other than HR because it might make them uncomfortable. Shocked, she explained exactly what happened to which she said, “yes I understand, if you’re so unwell you need a hot water bottle you should be home, Guy is extremely uncomfortable and it’s unprofessional”.
While you try getting out of the shock this bit of news gave you, here is how others across the world reacted. “People menstruate, Guy. Imagine being so immature that you complain to HR about someone on their period,” “So wait. You can’t use a hot water bottle to relieve period pains because it makes a bloke “uncomfortable”. I’m reading it right yeah?” “Holy sh*t! Fine, HR, I’ll take 5 fully paid days off a month to bleed in the comfort of my own home,” “‘Guy is extremely uncomfortable and it’s unprofessional’. Yes. It IS really unprofessional of Guy to be this uncomfortable about periods.” — These are some of the reactions the incident garnered on Twitter.