A Feminist Menopause
The misogynistic period stigma considers menstruation to be an indicator for a woman’s UTILITY — labeling her sole purpose as being the ability to reproduce. Thus, menopause is then framed as when women LOSE that usefulness. They are useless.
In a recent oped, Dr. Jen Gunter (Jennifer Gunter) explains, “The medical language of menopause today reflects that trope. For example, it’s common to say that in menopause the ovarian supply of eggs has been “exhausted,” but the concept of failure or fatigue is never applied to the penis…”