Posted at 5:00 AM Apr 13, 2009
By Jennifer Mathieu
You know, most women I know never use coy or silly euphemisms for their period. They just say, "I have my period." Or, "I'm on my period." Why is it, then, that we have a cornucopia of slang terms for, well, that time of the month? And are they insulting or funny? I can't decide. But I can list them.
10. It's that time of the month.
9. Aunt Flo's coming for a visit.
8. There's a Red Party tonight at Club Menses.
One of my gay male friends suggested this one, of course. Clever, I suppose. And at least it implies that your period is not a reason to stay home and skip the party, right? Woot woot!
7. She's on the rag.
A historical euphemism. Why? Because at one time women actually did used to use rags to collect menstrual flow. Most women now do not (as Cathy Rigby adorably reminds us in this 1980 ad for Stayfree.) Yet despite Cathy Rigby, this saying persists, and it's usually used in a pejorative way. By the way, women also used to use grass to collect menstrual flow. But nobody says she's on the Scott's Miracle-Gro. Now that has a ring to it.