What’s Current: Italy to institute paid period leave

Italy offers menstrual leave (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Italy will become the first country in Europe to offer paid menstrual leave for those with dysmenorrhea. 

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Jess Martin
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  • Lucy Potato

    In addition to “women”, the dysmenorrhea leave is described as for “people” and “period havers”. Is this about the writer struggling for synonyms or has the corruption of language become this common already?

    • Cassandra

      It’s definitely identity politics. If someone called me a “period haver” to my face I would rip them a new asshole. Isn’t it funny ha ha ha ha ha how they call us biological essentialists??

      • Grey Sweater

        And then define us exactly by our biological functions UGH UGH.

    • Lady Dark Helmet

      The kind of bastardization of language that you are having in anglo-saxon countries (and the gender identity bullshit in its entirety) hasn’ t invaded Italy yet (and I hope it stays that way), so I’ d say it’ s the writer of the article that is just struggling with it. Still, she is using words like “female” in the right way: still a victory all considering.