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Should Individuals Be Allowed Paid Period Leave?
Period leave policies would worsen workplace sexism.
Women are already stigmatised for their biology, this just makes matters worse.
If a critical mass of people in power will form to support women needing period leave, the balance can be tilted in favour of the policy.
Businesses are likely to be hostile towards the imposition of this leave because of the precedence it might set for people getting extra leave for other illnesses.
Sexism will always be present in one form or another. This is because it is a natural bias that occurs without one being aware of it.
Feminism is about equality, not special treatment. Distinguishing between "paid sick leave" and "paid period leave" is discrimination based on biological gender.
Women could face harsh stigmatization at their workplace from people who do not sympathize with their pain and think paid leave is unjustified.
Absences due to period leave could
push women out of decision-making roles and eliminate them from consideration for promotions
Sexism would increase because only women would be able to benefit from the extra days off. With such a gender-specific policy in place, men can accuse female co-workers of being unfairly advantaged, especially since dysmenorrhea cannot be attested for.
If companies will run enough educative campaigns, as well as inclusion and anti-discrimination training, such stigma should not exist. This is especially true if women can make up for their days off.
This would increase awareness and discussion around many of the issues women face in the workplace.