Teen’s Ignorant Tweets Show Why We Need to Teach Boys About Periods

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Most young men don't get much in the way of education about periods. (Photo: Getty Images)
Most young men don’t get much in the way of education about periods. (Photo: Getty Images)

It sounds like someone in the younger demographic needs a serious lesson in the female anatomy.

Ryan Williams, whose bio calls him a politician and youth adults spokesperson from London, took to Twitter over the past 48 hours to offer his opinion about the call to end the tampon tax. And he’s absolutely against it … because he feels that women should learn to control their menstrual cycle. He even created the hashtags #SelfControl and #StopTheBlob to publicize his case.

The young man’s public Twitter page has been going back and forth between public and private, and it may be because of the backlash he’s been receiving regarding his uninformed views.

We captured some of the controversial and hilariously ignorant comments posted on his Twitter account before they went into lockdown. The 19-year-old photography student stated that tampons are a “luxury item” and that if a woman “cannot hold in her period until she gets to a toilet,” then it’s her personal issue and not the concern of her fellow taxpayers.

 

Image courtesy Twitter
Image courtesy Twitter
Image courtesy Twitter
Image courtesy Twitter

Adding insult to injury, he has called women who are in favor of ending the tampon tax “cheapskates.”

The Mirror is also reporting that Williams launched a GoFundMe page in order to raise money for biology classes.

Well, sort of.

“The money raised will be used to pay for lessons, however many is needed to be able to explain to understand more about womens [sic] periods, why they get so aggressive and why they’re so lazy as to hold their bladder.”

Lastly, the young activist referred to the procedure his dog underwent when she was a puppy in order to end her periods. “If your bladder is too weak … which clearly it is for most of you, then see a doctor and have the same procedure,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Is this a joke?” Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and an integrative medical doctor from Beverly Hills, tells Yahoo Beauty. “Number one, any imbecile should know that urine comes from the bladder! And number two, babies — and menstrual blood — come from the uterus via the cervix and vagina, not the bladder.”

She questions the quality of education that is being offered in the U.K., as well as around the globe.

“This is actually a huge problem for many women worldwide, and it is not a joke,” Gilberg-Lenz stresses. “Girls are banished from school and miss educational opportunities and many cannot afford menstrual products. This further encourages oppression and misogyny and eliminates opportunities.”

And Gilberg-Lenz offers her expertise in a private session with the young activist. “I’d be happy to sit with this dude via Skype and do an anatomy lesson,” she states.

Or perhaps Mr. Williams should take his donated funds and make an appointment with an ob-gyn in his area.

“The reason every man needs a gynecologist is because every man has a grandmother, mother, aunt, sister, girlfriend, wife, or daughter,” Tara Allmen, MD, a board-certified gynecologist and the author of Menopause Confidential: A Doctor Reveals the Secrets to Thriving Through Midlife, tells Yahoo Beauty. “It is my job to keep all those women healthy. And if I do my job well, every man will be much happier. You are all welcome, men of the world.”

Period.

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