Saturday, February 12, 2005


"Menstrual Leave" For Unionized Workers?

Hat Tip: Barking Moonbat Early Warning System

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) is negotiating to allow women working at Toyota to receive an extra twelve days a year of "menstural leave."

AMWU national secretary Doug Cameron says the leave would be additional to the sick leave they are already entitled to.

"Our members tell us that they have to take their sick leave, some of them on a regular basis, because they've got chronic problems with their period," Mr Cameron said.

Now let me tell you all something. In this day and age, there's no reason or excuse for chronic menstrual problems. Any woman with half a brain in her head would get herself checked out. Barring Endometriosis, menstrual discomfort can be alleviated by taking either Tylenol, Advil, the prescription drugs Anaprox or Naprosen.

But getting back to Toyota, is something like this supposed to get men to see and treat women as their equals? I seriously doubt it. I mean, can you imagine a woman having to call in sick to a male supervisor explaining that she has menstrual cramps? And to top it off, when colleagues inquire about a female co-worker's whereabouts they would be told that she's on menstrual leave. What kind of woman wants every Tom, Dick and Harry co-worker to know that status of her menstrual cycle?

And what about women faking menstrual discomfort in order to get extra days off? I see a huge potential for abuse.

On another note, I just now remember a whacky former co-worker from a job I had a long time ago. To make a long story short, the girl was a screw-up who ended up getting fired. One time she snapped at me for some stupid reason. When she apologized later, she blamed it on her PMS. If I was that girl's boss, I would have fired her right there and then.

If women want to be taken seriously, they have to start acting like rational human beings, as opposed to giant blobs of hormones.

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