“I don't care if they take time off. I just don’t want to know about it.”
I asked a friend's husband if women should get time off for period pain. He’s a senior something or other at Deloitte, flies around a lot, works too many hours and manages lots of people. I expected Dave (we’ll call him Dave) to be as opposed to the concept of menstrual leave as all the other people I’d spoken to - the midwives, doctors, lawyers, mortgage brokers… the proffesional friends in my life, who don’t get the benefit of ‘free-range’ hours, and couldn’t just take a day off without a valid excuse.