A reader’s perspective of life’s monthly inconvenience.
I’m late! But I’m not pregnant. Not that I haven’t been asked that question a zillion times- usually by medical professionals. I mean I get why they need to ask that question but it is always that awkward conversation when they are going through their list and come to the what type of birth control is used and I answer, “being a lesbian.” Not really sure that is a correct response, but for me it makes sense. Doesn’t it? I used it when one of my co-workers was saying that the only absolutely sure way to not get pregnant is to practice abstinence with sex. It might not have been the most appropriate response to yell across the room, “I have lots of sex and there’s no chance I’m getting pregnant!” but at least it made my co-workers chuckle.
Sex and pregnancy though, women have some serious extra expenses in this whole biological process. Being a double baby-producing-aged-female household we should have invested in Tampax stocks or something. Seriously, I’m not a fan. It definitely makes me a woman and I am absolutely NOT saying that I’m embarrassed by it, I’m just saying, ugh! It’s a pain in the hoohaw! Every month though! Jeez it’s like it’s on a cycle of every 28 days or something!!
So just because I’m on a weird kick today, I started thinking about this cycle in literature. You have to admit, it is a part of who women are, and there isn’t really any getting away from it- even with the pill. There are still a few days in there when it’s just sort of not appropriate. Again, my opinion. But how long does it take to romance someone and does that get factored into the process? (Again, full disclosure I am NOT necessarily wanting to have this brought up in my moments of escape through books, I’m just saying it happens!) It came up in The House on Sandstone and it made me chuckle. I remember it being a bit of an inconvenience in BL Miller’s Accidental Love.
But has it really come up in other stories? Just a totally random thought that just made my curiosity kick in. I think our lesfic authors do an amazing job of bringing our stories to life. And yes that includes all the Ugh! moments as well!!