How has society truly changed from Aristotle’s time to today? Women have been struggling to eradicate the image of vulnerability and inferiority placed upon them by a patriarchal society; however, because we continue to be socialized in a way that creates an environment where menstruation is a mental illness, disgusting, a nuance, a sign of inferiority, and something that gets in the way of having fun, society proves to be immobile in women’s issues. Society remains stagnant in its view of women. It is the year 2011 and a female’s menstruation, along with her natural symptoms, stays rooted in the oppressive primitive view.
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