Emma Barnett. I’ve not heard of her before September, probably due to my living abroad for several years. She’s a journalist, often on Newsnight and BBC Radio 5. Barnett has recently published a book. I heard her being interviewed about it in September. I was impressed.
This is the book: Period.
It’s not normally the kind of book I would read. Normally I am interested in books on history, humour, languages, but not “wimmin’s things.”
Why did I buy the book? Well, several reasons:
- I was listening, lying in bed, and sat up to listen to the interview. Barnett was engaging and entertaining in her interview.
- I’m a man. I think it is good to know how 50% of the population is affected.
- I’m a bit Berlin Wall-ed out.
My copy arrived on Tuesday. I’m now so far halfway through the book. It’s good. It’s informative, educational, entertaining. Ten percent of British women have endometriosis. Compare that with the number of British people who have type 2 diabetes (10%). Spending on research into the latter is 35 times more than on endometriosis.
I sit at my desk, laughing at some parts, sucking in air at other parts.
I then text a female friend of mine (FFM) about the book, saying how I never realised what women have to go through:
FFM writes back:
Yeah, we all to get used to it between the ages of 12-14. Too bad if you don’t feel too good during that week.
It then occurred to me, do some women have an attitude of:
I have periods, too. Suck it up, buttercup.
I’ve known women who have intimated to me that they prefer to see a male doctor because he will be more sympathetic than his female colleague who has the aforementioned attitude.
Tell a man, “it’s that time of the month,” and he’ll:
- Offer you a hot water bottle
- Offer you a pack of Ibuprofen
- Let you lie on his sofa and bring you a duvet
- Tell you he is so glad he is a man
- Crack a joke about PMT and lightbulbs to lighten the mood
Women – show some sisterly solidarity!
Have an empathetic day, won’t you!