‘Trans men and non-binary people have periods, too.’: Mom teaches son ‘inclusive’ menstruation lesson to create ‘safe space’ for transgender, non-binary individuals

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“Some men have periods.

Some non-binary people have periods.

Some women have periods.

My son Eli was informed about periods when he saw blood on my pants a couple of years ago. I no longer have periods anymore, but I am still a woman nonetheless.

I didn’t use the language of ‘women have periods’ because it’s not entirely inclusive.

Courtesy of Milly Bhaskara
Courtesy of Milly Bhaskara

I told him that SOME women, SOME non-binary people, and SOME men have periods. It was easy for him to accept it as he hadn’t yet had to unlearn the engrained societal norm, but if a 4-year-old can grasp it, I am sure that most of us can have a crack at unlearning misinformed norms, and open our minds.

Transgender men may have ‘female’ sex organs and still experience periods, and some non-binary people have periods, too. Therefore, removing a female logo off of the front of sanitary products helps include us all. Wouldn’t that be a wholesome and nice gesture?

Why, in the name of Lizzo, should that affect ANY of us? It’s not insulting to women, it’s not discrediting women, it’s opening up the community to make it a safe space for those who don’t identify as women, but still have periods. Grasp it.

Eli, who is the cutest slice of pie, is holding a pin board sign. It says, ‘Some men have periods too. If I can grasp it, so can you.'”

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