Parallel Universe alerts us to a proposed Senate Bill that would affect working [as in outside the home only] Filipino women:
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago Wednesday proposed a bill that would allow women workers to take a one-day leave during their monthly menstruation period.
Proposed Senate Bill 1687 or the Menstrual Leave Act provides that women workers can avail of 50 percent of the day's pay during their period.
Interestingly, women in South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Taiwan already enjoy this "benefit".
The rationale for the Bill is that women should be allowed to rest during their menstrual period, when most women experience abdominal cramps, among other menstrual symptoms. In other words, women should be sent home to suffer in the privacy of their own rooms.
This doesn't make a lot of sense. There's no reason why menstruating women should be in pain; many treatments are available. And even if, for whatever reason, a woman doesn't avail herself of the treatments, she should be able to take sick days off because she doesn't feel well, not because she's menstruating. Pain is pain, and so is nausea, vomiting, a migraine, etc.
Why do women have to put up with monthly period-related problems, and why do they have to justify the etiology of their medical problems?