Look. I don’t expect a week or a day paid leave every month because we get periods. I don’t expect more free sick days or longer weekends, or more pay for every hour we work to make up for the hours we can’t.
What I do expect, of both non-period people and people with lighter periods, is some respect and acceptance.
When I’m crying in bed passing out whenever I get up due to excessive blood loss and cramps that make me throw up with pain, I don’t want a “oh boo hoo, suck it up” or a “well MY period never stops me from working”. I want a “that sucks” or “I understand” or even “we can’t give you any more sick days, but I understand you really can’t help this”. A little understanding and realising that someone else might actually be bothered by their periods goes a really really long way.
That’s all, thanks.