Of Men and Menstrual Periods
The response to the For Men Only survey has been quite modest (20 brave souls). Yet, some interesting glimpses have been afforded into men's attitudes/beliefs about the menstrual period.
The bad news first. The majority of men in the survey didn't know that having a monthly period doesn't lower a woman's risk of cancer:
Q Do you think having a monthly period decreases a woman's risk of cancer?
70% Don't know
5% Don't care
And now for the good news (and there's a lot of it).
Most men know when the woman in their life (for most respondents, a sexual partner, but also a friend, or a relative) has her period:
Q Do you know when she has her menstrual period?
This is how they acquire the information:
Q How do you know when she has her period?
76.47% She tells you
11.76% You pick up on clues
11.76% You keep track on your own
And this is what they do with it:
Q Assuming you know when she has her monthly period, do you treat her differently than you normally would?
15% Not sure
This is quite encouraging:
Q Do you feel comfortable discussing period related matters with her?
20% Not sure
And this is what men (well, the ones that took the survey at least) really think of the menstrual period:
Q In general, when it comes to the menstrual period, do you like it/dislike it/not sure what to think of it/don't have an opinion on it:
10% Like it
20% Dislike it
25% Not sure what to think of it
45% Don't have an opinion on it
Q Do you think most women like having a period every month?
25% Don't know
Finally, apropos of menstrual management:
Q If there was a safe way for a woman to control how often she has a period, what would your first reaction be if she chooses to have a period only once every few months?
52.63% Great, go for it!
5.26% Wow, spooky!
5.26% Don't do it, it's just weird!
21.05% Not sure what my reaction would be
15.79% Don't care enough to have a reaction
I think you will agree with me: the results are most interesting. I'm very curious to find out if these answers continue to hold true for a larger sample. So, if you're a man, please take a moment to fill out the survey, and if you're a woman, please encourage the men in your life (friends, sexual partners, relatives) to participate.
I'll update the results periodically.