Apps that help women keep track of their periods have taken a very creepy turn.
Originally created to help women figure out when they might expect their period, men are now using them to track female co-workers’ menstrual cycles.
And it’s not to make sure tampons and painkillers are in stock, either. These men are apparently tracking women’s menstrual cycles to ‘stay away from trouble’ and ‘avoid unnecessary situations’.
One woman told news.com.au that she discovered her male colleagues were tracking her periods on their work calendar after they had an argument at work.
Office sexism or justified move?
She said: “They want to stay away from me when I’m PMSing, because I get a bit moody.”
Meanwhile, her male colleague explained:
What’s sexist is how women are allowed to blame their volatile actions and unstable emotions on their ‘periods’, I just wish men had that option too.
Obviously, this didn’t go down well with Twitter:
This is insane. Men tracking their female colleagues' periods, on shared calendars, behind their backs. W. T. F. https://t.co/r3I6HK6r3a
— Liz Burke (@lizeburke) September 2, 2016
Ill save you space on your phone
YOU DON'T NEED AN APP JUST DONT BE A SELF CENTERED ASSHAThttps://t.co/n5fUK4iGMf
— PuckLuckBitch (@puckluckbitch) September 2, 2016
But, apparently, this guy is behind the times, because apps like iAmAMan and PMS Buddy (which have both been scrapped) encourage men to track their colleagues’ and partners’ cycles in order to stay on their ‘good side’ and avoid PMS.
Another app, called uPMS, marketed itself as ‘an application for all guys out there suffering the monthly Psychotic Mood Shifts from their better halves’.
Let’s just put it out there that not every woman experiences PMS the same – sure, some women can get a bit touchy (some more than others), but many women don’t experience mood swings at all.
Not to mention, men using apps to track their female colleague’s or friend’s periods is not only creepy, it’s an invasion of privacy. Word to the wise – maybe avoid tracking your co-worker’s menstrual cycles. It’s weird.