Monday, May 08, 2006

How much do you think PMS affects you?

Back in the precivilization days, women were banned from the community when they had their mences. I wish I could be banned..sent away from all responsibility because of it.

Ontop of suffering PMS, we now have a diagnosis to add to the insanity: PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). Some feminist professionals, including the APA’s Committee on Women and the National Coalition for Women’s Mental Health, objected to the inclusion of such a syndrome under any label. From their point of view, menstruation is a normal bodily function, and any psychological changes associated with this function should be seen as normal as well. Classifying PMS or PMDD as a mental disorder stigmatizes women, and may have other undesirable social consequences by laying additional foundations for disability claims and the insanity defense. Setting ideology and politics aside, PMDD raises fundamental questions about the nature of psychiatric diagnosis. What are the standards for distinguishing between "normal" PMS and "pathological" PMDD? Even if there were solid criteria for distinguishing between normal and abnormal changes in estrogen levels, why should the mental and behavioral consequences of these physiological changes be construed as symptoms of a mental disorder? What is the difference between a "physical" disorder and a "mental" one?


I'll never forget taking psychology 101: My professor, Dr. Stuckey, said that PMS is an excuse made by women in the United States, and that there is no psychological or physiological impact of a women's mind during this "prelutial phase". THERE HAS LONG BEEN AN INTEREST IN FEMALE CRIMINALITY WITH A plethora of theories proposed to explain why some women commit antisocial acts. These biological, sociological and psychological explanations were seen as particularly necessary since a view of women's persona emerged in the 19th century in which females were regarded as innately angelical and by the natural order, incapable of violence. A violent woman was thus unnatural. Since females were the childbearers, they were perceived as passive, weak and highly vulnerable to stress, particularly during pregnancy, the post-partum and menstruation. Women offenders were sick or mad, but not bad!
Nineteenth-century theoreticians, some ancient philosophers and cross-cultural menstrual taboos all supported a view of females as the victims of menstruation, and later, by the mid 1800s, more specifically their ovaries, and then in the 1920s, their hormones. It was not, however, until the early 1950s that the focus changed from menstruation to the menstrual cycle and the time period preceding the menses; the premenstrual era and its concomitant theories relating to deviant behaviour had arrived. Thus, PMS began to be used either as a defense or as a mitigating factor in a number of countries.

I've heard that PMS really stands for: Putting-up with Men's Shit. You can be the judge of that!!

19 Comments:

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Richard said...

There are unquestionably changes that occur with women depending on which part of the cycle they are on (women who are ovulating or recently pregnant are more attractive), women who are on the menstrual cycle are more moody and emotional.

Does this affect all women the same way? No. Every person is different and has their own way of reacting to things. I agree that any behavioral changes should not be considered a psychological disorder – unless they are truly pathological in nature. Trivializing normal human experiences are being somehow abnormal is just plain wrong.

People in power, people making the ideas and theories are usually not looking for truth as much as they are about promoting their simple packaged ideologies (whether men or women).

What is wrong with treating a woman with respect and dignity regardless of the time of month? Personally, I think there would be a whole lot less grief if we just all did that, rather than looking for convenient labels to hang on people.

 
At 1:08 AM, Blogger The Intolerant One said...

OK, I am not even going to pretend I can understand or comprehend this one.

As a male I only have to endure the unprovoked wrath of a woman during that "special" week of bliss.

But some men in my position are going thru similar expeirences. Can you imagine having PMS for 6 month's in a row?

I live this every year up in the great white north. From November till April I personally expeirence my very own PMS. It is known as Parked Motorcycle Syndrome.

And let me tell you I can become one moody SOB. (LOL)

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

Alana,

It means Putting up with Men's Shit. On the other hand...

Q

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger Alanita said...

Oh, I love that! Parked Motor Syndrome...do you take antidepressants for that? Most men do not understand it, oh intolerant one...you are the majority!
Are you married, or single, Richard? I think that your philosophy of treating women with dignity and respect is outstanding, but is it truly put into practice regularly? I know at times I can be absolutely unbearable, and many male figures of the past have had more than 1,000 different names to call me. I have noticed that educated men seem to have greater understanding towards the cyclical changes in the woman's body, thus allowing things said by the sufferer to go in one ear and out the other.

I'd be interested to see what Dr. Marco thinks about this subject as well...

 
At 1:18 AM, Blogger The Intolerant One said...

No anti depressants for me. I play motorcycle video games instead like American Chopper "Full throttle". Me and my son's can build our own custom bike's and ride them thru the winter right here in our own living room. At least then the PMS is a little more bearable.

You stated:

" thus allowing things said by the sufferer to go in one ear and out the other."

Pretty much how I deal with it in my home. In fact I can often, and quite humorously, point out some of the "radical" behaviour happening with my significant other that she will often see it as well and join in on the laugh. I do not "call her names" in frustration as I recognise this is an emotional roller coaster for her that particular week.

Instead I start chuckling at the names I am being called for really no apparent reason. :)))

I am not sure how much "education" a man requires or if it is even necessary. We as men are NOT women and will never be able to understand or comprehned this time women go thru. We simply need to learn how to handle it when the "storm" approaches.

When one has mastered that it can actually be a time of hilarious entertainment for both.

 
At 5:35 PM, Blogger Doctor Marco said...

PMS exists, no doubt about it. Certain hormones vary cyclically in monthly periods. They have to have an unavoidable behavioral outcome. However, there are women who use PMS as an excuse, for secondary gain and to seek "understanding". The woman who suffers from PMS is alerted and knows when she will get it and has to try to moderate rationally her mood swings.

 
At 8:32 PM, Blogger Prince Romp said...

Very interesting topic you have here..

Sometimes i dont understand why women have to suffer all this?

Menstrual cramps,pregnancy,labour,
menopause etc etc.. but at
the end, Men do always get abit of that shares too..

just like 'Putting up with men's shit'. :p

 
At 4:22 PM, Blogger Richard said...

I am married (10 years this September) with two kids (7 and 4-1/2).

Basic philosophical outlook: "Waste no more time arguing what a good person should be. Be one." (Marcus Aurelius)

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger Alanita said...

congrats, RICHARD on your 10 year marriage! How awesome is that??
And....I don't know why women have to go through the hormonal crap....I guess it has to do with reproduction...and making pretty kids and all!

 
At 8:37 PM, Blogger The Intolerant One said...

Boy, uhhh I mean girl, and you said I needed to post something new.

Enough PMS already. What more does a man have to look forward too other then the "dreaded" menopausal. :)

 
At 11:44 PM, Blogger Nog said...

I just never want to be in another class taught by two pregnant women. Even the "uber female chauvenist pig" teacher at our school told me "yea, those women are really bitchy".

 
At 11:08 PM, Blogger The Intolerant One said...

"How much do you think PMS affects you?"

I don't know but I am starting to get PMS waiting for your next entry!

>:( LOL

 
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