Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Huffington Post Discusses Paid 'Menstrual Leave' for Working Women

William Bigelow at Breitbart reports:
HuffPost Live interviewed founder Rebecca Watson and Mikki Kendall, editor at Hood, the women got positively cranky. 
"Just by asking the question, 'Should women get paid menstruation leave?' biases the listener into saying, 'Oh, of course not,' because you're talking about special treatment," said Watson. 
"But if you were to say, should men get paid time off if they were kicked in the testicles, yes, like if you have a medical problem, you should get to take time off," she added.
Of course, men typically don’t get kicked in the testicles every month, but who’s counting?
Watson continued:
And again, what we’re talking about, really, is just simple workers’ rights. Studies show that when you give a worker unlimited sick days, compared to a restricted number of sick days, they actually take fewer sick days and they’re happier and more productive.
Ask employers trying to make a profit about unlimited sick days, Rebecca.
Kendall was just as sure as Watson that menstrual leave was necessary, saying:
Just give us all more paid leave. Most people, for one reason or another, probably need a couple days off in a given month because of illness, because of family emergencies, because they woke up that day and they don’t feel great and they’re just overwrought and overtired, whatever. And so if we increase the amount of PTO available to all employees, you’d see a healthier workplace, among other things. People would stop coming to work with the flu and spreading their disease and germs to everyone else.

For the record, employees get paid relative to their marginal revenue product. The more days off they are given, the less revenue they will generate, ergo, less total pay.


  1. "For the record, employees get paid relative to their marginal revenue product. The more days off they are given, the less revenue they will generate, ergo, less total pay."

    I don't want to take the time to learn what marginal revenue product is, so I'll just keep repeating the mantra that you're a sexist, racist, homophobe who wants to keep the "Negro" (Jerry Wolfgang's word, not mine) down.

    1. "Negro" ( Martin Luther King's word)

      From Wikipedia on the term "Negro": The United States Census Bureau announced that "Negro" would be included on the 2010 United States Census, alongside "Black" and "African-American" because some older black Americans still self-identify with the term.

  2. Wow, talk about irony. If I had a nickel for every time I called off of work because I'd come down with a big case of whatever, well...uh, well, it'd be a lot of nickels, that's for sure.


    Man, I can't think of how awful it must be to actually not regret hearing yourself saying things like this.

    These folks need a high colonic, preferably one that reaches all the way to the top where an empty cavern that was once alleged to have housed a brain can get purged.

  3. The argument I think that is being made is that what is produced will remain constant over the longer time span, only that the number of hours spent at the office changes. Thus pay should remain constant, what is produced for what is paid hasn't changed.

  4. I have a better idea - just pay them but they can stay home and don't have to work at all. Seems to be what the government is doing with a significant portion or the population anyway.

    Then when the business goes bankrupt, require the owner to continue paying salaries and payroll taxes out of his/her own personal savings. Then when that is used up, throw him in jail.

    1. @RobertW

      I think you should make it clear that you're being sarcastic.
      There's a good chunk of the population that would take you seriously and put that on the agenda.
      Apparently, Martin Wolf is their dear leader.

  5. I don't have a problem with any business setting up whatever arrangement they want with their employees. What I despise is the thought of these people pushing something like this into law and putting one more government regulation between employers and employees (and more burdensome paperwork for business owners).

  6. And yet... if a male boss told a female employee to go home because she was on her period, could you imagine the ****-storm that the femi-nazis over at HuffPo would start up? Dude would be fired within the day.

  7. Being paid not to work. More entitlement whoring. Figures.