"My boyfriend does humiliating things like placing sheets on all of the chairs and lounges."
Periods are never easy, they make a person grumpy for no reason, not to mention the pain and ickiness that just tags along. It's just a normal body function, but it is also one that is surrounded by a lot of taboos. Even today, despite the advancements that are being made in all aspects, people who are on their periods are treated as untouchables, especially in Asia. One frustrated woman took to Reddit to question if she was doing something wrong because her boyfriend got really particular when she was on her periods.
"So, my (24F) boyfriend (28M) is really protective over his furniture, I assume it's because they're white," the original poster explained. Okay, who even buys white furniture? Menstruating or not, it's just so hard to keep them clean! His overprotectiveness comes out especially during that one week of the month. "This really shows when I'm on my period," OP admitted. "My boyfriend does humiliating things like placing sheets on all of the chairs and lounges (I feel like if I were to leak, I'd just leak through the sheets anyway)," she said.
Well, she's not wrong, because normal bedsheets won't do anything to prevent that stain from happening. The woman went on to say that her boyfriend also "makes me sleep in the guest bedroom on the first two days of my period (my heaviest days)."
Now, here's where things get confusing. "And then he even asks me about when was the last time I changed my tampon," OP admitted. Is he being a good boyfriend (highly doubt it) or is he being a creep? Thankfully, the woman found it overbearing as well, as she shared, "I'm a grown woman who has had her period since the age of 12, I don't need somebody to remind me to change a tampon."
All this is embarrassing to her, understandably. "When he does this I just feel embarrassed and it gives me the vibe that he cares more about materialistic objects than me," she said. "I'm not even allowed to cuddle him during my period," she admitted. "He acts like I'm just gushing like a waterfall or something." She recently started her periods and the "sheets" were out before she could even change her pad, and that caused her to lose it.
The woman added that she'd had enough, "I [decided] to put my foot down and I take off all of the sheets off the furniture," OP admitted. This didn't go over well with her boyfriend, who got "irritated." He was quite angry about the whole thing, but the woman decided enough was enough and told him to stop treating her like she was dirty. "I told him that he needs to stop treating me like a leaking juicebox," she recalled.
"He's saying that I have no right to prevent him from keeping his expensive furniture clean and that I'M the one acting like a 'jerk.'"
As expected, people seemed to side with the woman, emphasizing she'd done nothing wrong. After all, periods are nothing but a normal bodily function, isn't it? User curiousnerd06 commented: "OP said he doesn't even cuddle her. What a prick. I mean why do men STILL treat periods so weirdly." User abcvwa added: "I don't think this is about furniture. This is a man deeply uneasy about menstruation and female body functions. He is not truly comfortable relating with women and attempts to control and set barriers around them. I suggest you get away from this man whose head is in the Dark Ages of time because you will begin to notice, over time, that it is not just your menstruating body that sets him off."