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Parents magazine: It’s so “super-cute” to run a photo of a 4-year-old boy posed by his mom holding a placard that says “Some Men Have Periods Too”

November 11, 2019

Image: Activist Mommy

And you thought Parents magazine was all about how to cope with the Terrible Twos!

Think again, Mamacita. Parents magazine is all about how to get your 4-year-old son to pose for an Instagram photo holding a placard about menstruation that you probably wrote and he probably can’t read.

Parents says the photo, showing little Eli Bhaskara of Hull, U.K., with his mom-posed placard reading “Some men have periods too–if I can get it so can you” is “super-cute.”

According to the mom in question, Milly Bhaskara, Eli was just dying to honor the decision of Always, a manufacturer of menstrual products, to remove the Venus symbol from its package as a sign of its commitment to the “inclusion” of “transgender and nonbinary people.”

Bhaskara’s Instagram post, quoted by Parents, says Eli learned all about menstruation–and also the transgender and nonbinary stuff–when he was only 2:

“Eli has been told about periods since he saw blood on my pants a couple of years ago.”

How this happened is something I don’t want to know–and I bet you don’t, either. Parents continues with another quote from mom Milly on Instagram:

“I didn’t use the language of women have periods because it’s not entirely inclusive. “Bhaskara continued, “I told him that SOME women, SOME non-binary people and SOME men have periods. It was easy for him to accept as he hadn’t had to unlearn the engrained societal norm, but if a 4-year-old can grasp it, I’m sure most of us can have a crack at unlearning transphobic/misinformed norms and open our minds… ya think?”

She went on to explain that “trans men may have ‘female’ sex organs and still experience periods and some non-binary people have periods too, therefore removing a female logo off the front of sanitary products helps include us all.”

As Parents puts it:

Bhaskara highlights a teachable moment all parents have to introduce their children to inclusive language that can make a real difference for trans and non-binary people.

Now, the reason I think that Milly Bhaskara actually assembled the letters on that placard and not her preschool-age son is that the very same placard–with different messages and held by Milly herself–appears in two other photos on her Instagram page. One of the placards says, “Pansexual and proud.” The other says, “Mental health statistics are the real scare this Halloween.”

Warning for the squeamish: One of Milly Bhaskara’s other shticks, according to her Instagram page, is “body acceptance.” So the page features quite a few photos of her own body, clothed, unclothed, and partially clothed, that she clearly accepts but many may not. She is particularly fond of plus-size lingerie and multiple tattoos–and she does not shave her legs.

Milly’s husband, Rishi Bhaskara (his shtick is “male self-love”) also has an Instagram page, although with not quite so many selfies of his undies-clad body.

Nor is he quite the over-sharer that his wife is, who declares on another Instagram post:

Rishi can be distant and subconsciously selfish with his time.

Eli can often not listen and push limits.

Wait until Eli–and his friends–turn 14 and see that photo of him. Then you’ll see some limits pushed.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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