It all started when an Internet “philosopher” named Yada declared that menstrual cycles are European, and not African, in origin;
“Your ancestors was not running, they were not running around bleeding all over the place. No. Why? Because they ate natural foods.”
Your hotep cousin from Facebook also thinks periods are a sin crafted by white devils. Lmao pic.twitter.com/xq43sSncPl
— dejon. (@_Chickenist) March 15, 2016
Yada’s comments were mocked by many, but also revealed a scary fact — there are many men who think like him.
This ignorance is on par with a national trend of men speaking authoritatively on women’s health without a working knowledge of women’s bodies. And these statements are particularly dangerous because they weaponize a normal and necessary biological function to become evidence of the ‘unhealthiness’ and ‘uncleanness’ of black women.