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The Genius Who Made Female Staff Wear 'Period Badges' Has Been Roasted

As if we don't have enough to be mad about.

Nobody likes being on their period. Nobody. Another thing that nobody likes is having someone named Karen yelling in your face about an expired promotion while you’re got a million other things to do at work. Combine the two things, and you have a recipe for potential murderer, so one Japanese department store decided to come up with a solution: making employees on their period wear a special ‘menstrual badge’.

Yep, if you were on your period, the shop would give you a badge to hang off your name tag with Seiri Chan on it – a manga character that’s meant to be a walking, talking period. And your suspicions are absolutely correct by the way, a man came up with this idea.

The theory was that wearing a badge to let the entire world know that you’re currently a bleeding, cranky mess was meant to be a way to make co-workers closer by letting them have sympathy for each other, but that is absolutely not what people said would happen.

“Any employer that asked me to wear a badge when I’m on my period would be getting sued.” was a fairly common opinion on Twitter, and another person summed up everyone’s feelings pretty well here:

“It’s all kinds of wrong when a woman employee at one department store has to put on a ‘period badge’ when she has a period during work. You can just imagine people saying she must be in a bad mood because of PMS. Makes me sick to my stomach.”

An executive of the company was sent out pretty quickly to take it all back. “We received many complaints from the public. Some of them concerned harassment, and that was definitely not our intention,” he said

Apparently they’re “reconsidering plans” now, and I can only hope that that means that they’ll scrap the idea forever and never ever bring it up again.

Here's Why James Van Der Beek Mentioning Miscarriage On TV Is So Important

We don't often hear from the fathers.

Every now and again, reality tv can get really, really real. Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek has been competing on the US version of Dancing With The Stars that’s airing at the moment, and has opened up about his wife’s miscarriage. 

In an October episode, James first announced that he and his wife were expecting their sixth child. Breaking the awful news during the video package before his performance on the most recent episode, he said:

“My wife Kimberly and I went through every expecting parent’s worst nightmare. We lost the baby.”

“You never know why these things happen, that’s what I’ve been telling my kids. All you know is that it brings you closer together, it breaks you open, it opens up your heart, it deepens your appreciation. It makes you more human.”

Miscarriage is a heartbreaking topic, and it’s only fairly recently that we’ve seen a shift in the perception that talking about it is taboo. 

In Australia, every single day 282 women will lose a pregnancy before 20 weeks. A quarter of women under 35 will have a miscarriage, and for pregnant women over 40 that statistic rises to half. Most women will go on to have a healthy baby afterwards, but almost a third of them will get clinical diagnosis of post-partum anxiety or postnatal depression after their next child.

James speaking out about miscarriage on Dancing With The Stars is really important for a number of reasons, but also because we don’t tend to hear from the fathers who have lost pregnancies very often at all – and certainly not on a prime time reality show. 

There is hardly any research on how men deal with miscarriages, but anecdotally we hear stories about how trying to be strong for their partner can mean men can forget to look after themselves. It was a big moment for James Van Der Beek to open up on TV, and hopefully it will mean that some men feel less alone.

Tourists Are Such Pests That This Japanese District Has Banned Photos

No, you don't gotta get that 'Gram.

Tourists behaving badly and disrespecting the people whose place they’re visiting is nothing new, you only have to walk down to your nearest tourist trap – no matter where you are in the world – to see some prime examples. Now a district in Japan is banning photos because people can’t act like civil human beings.

The Gion geisha district in Kyoto is well known for its old style tea houses and geishas – although the women in Gion call themselves geiko instead of geisha. Not that many of the people visiting have bothered to find that out.

Yes, they’re gorgeous. Stop harassing them.

Peter MacIntosh has lived in Kyoto for 25 years, and says he’s seen women “bursting into tears and fending off people who want to have their photo taken with them”. Incidents of tourists surrounding taxis with geiko riding in them or chasing geiko down the street aren’t unheard of.

If you’re caught taking a picture, you’ll cop a 10,000 yen fine, or about $130 in Aussie dollars. It’s not technically a legally binding fine, but the residents are hoping that the threat will be enough to stop people acting like morons.

We’ve only just seen the Uluru climb close, in another classic example of tourists ruining everything. The sheer amount of people who took the news that the climb would be closed as a good reason to immediately pack their bags and climb Uluru was staggering. 

When climbers were asked about their decision to scale the rock despite very clear requests from the local Indigenous people not to, a lot of them shrugged and said that they knew it was disrespectful but decided to do it anyway. One particularly charming guy ever said that “It’s difficult to see what that significance is. It’s a rock. It’s supposed to be climbed.”

Next time you’re travelling the world and living your best life, remember to actually listen to the people who live in the area before you trample something or chase someone down the street for the perfect Insta shot. I can’t believe I have to write that.

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