Many low-income women and girls share a similar struggle -- especially those who are experiencing homelessness. Inability to afford tampons or pads or to access hygiene facilities, can severely compromise women's health, productivity and dignity.
I had an actual "aha" moment with my youngest. It had nothing to do with her having reached a physical milestone. But at the moment it occurred I suddenly felt certain that I'd just witnessed her crossing over into womanhood.
To every woman who has coyly whispered, "I need to go to the bathroom" as you're about to get it on, and then darted to the bathroom to frantically tug out a sodden piece of white cotton before darting back to bed and apologizing: Why the hell are we apologizing for what our body does?
My 9-year-old daughter goes back to school this week as a brand new fourth grader. In preparation, we were mailed a list of school supplies to bring and found the usual suspects: markers, notebooks, binders, pencils...
When I stood up to grab another pair of sandals -- whoosh -- I felt my internal floodgates fly wide open, and I realized I was dealing with much more than a sweaty undercarriage. "Oh, my God, I think my period has just returned."
I shudder to think how my parents would have survived in today's anything-goes, nothing-is-sacred, sexually charged society. Their values were black and white, wrong and right, good and bad, with little wiggle room for compromise.
As a thinking women, I was appalled by his (alleged---because he is denying it---) assumption that Megyn was "bleeding out of her eyes and her whatever," but then I saw it as a golden opportunity to change the modicum of respect that a woman receives while on her period.
Call it a visit from Aunt Flo or The Curse or being On the Rag, women have survived their time of the month for thousands of years. They will continue to do so, because they're so tough and powerful. And, they can shine on prime time television during a political debate.
An off-hand comment like the Donald's is a smack back to reality, a reality in which women are seen as less than equal because of their bodies. As the most popular candidate in his party at the moment, one has to wonder how many of Trump's supporters feel the same way.