Are you a man? If so, you may be surprised to learn that you, just like your female counterparts, are susceptible to a monthly visit from "Aunt Flo." Well, maybe not biologically speaking, but one British school district is implementing new sex education lessons that teach young students that boys, just like girls, have periods.
Wait, what is this nonsense?
According to the Daily Mail, children as young as 8 years old will be taught that "all genders" have periods. Presumably, "all genders" refers to women who identify as men — or no gender at all, which is known as being "non-binary" in 2018.
The new lessons, being implemented by the Brighton & Hove City Council, declares: "Trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods." Additionally, the school district will now require teachers to not limit discussion of menstruation to female students. School restrooms will also be required to house receptacles used to dispose of used menstruation products.
The council reportedly approved the guidance after officials learned that 40 students in the district do not "identify" with their birth gender.
The school district said in a recent statement, according to the Daily Mail:
By encouraging effective education on menstruation and puberty, we hope to reduce stigma and ensure no child or young person feels shame in asking for period products inside or outside of school if they need them.
We believe that it's important for all genders to be able to learn and talk about menstruation together… Our approach recognizes the fact that some people who have periods are trans or non-binary.
What was the reaction?
To no surprise, outrage is plentiful. Aside from astonishment in the U.S., the decision has also been widely condemned in the United Kingdom.
One member of Parliament, David Davies, characterized the new sex education concepts as "insanity."
"Learning about periods is already a difficult subject for children that age, so to throw in the idea girls who believe they are boys also have periods will leave them completely confused," he said, according to the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, even progressive advocacy group leaders have denounced the new lessons.
"Girls going through puberty are already having a difficult time. What they should be given is clear language to be able to talk about their bodies and their female biological functions without couching it in politically correct terms," a leader of a pro-transgender group, Transgender Trend, told the Daily Mail.
"To tell impressionable children that boys can also menstruate sidelines girls who should be getting support when they start their periods," added a self-declared "feminist."