Luisa Zissman responds to 'trans boys have periods' guidance: 'The world's gone mad'

Luisa Zissman responds to 'trans boys have periods' guidance: 'The world's gone mad'

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman has responded on Instagram to a report that schools in the Brighton and Hove area were being encouraged to teach students that ‘trans boys can have periods’.

The Telegraph reported that Brighton and Hove City Council produced a report stating: "Trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods… menstruation must be inclusive of all genders".

The advice in the report was approved by the council to be rolled out in schools, and recommended using “language and learning about periods [that] is inclusive of all genders, cultures, faiths and sexual orientations. For example; ‘girls and women and others who have periods”.

The advice does not suggest teaching children that people who are biologically male are able to menstruate.  

 

'The world has gone mad'

Writing under a screenshot of the article on Instagram, Ms Zissman, who was a runner up on The Apprentice in 2013, said: “2018 the year the world went mad, the year ‘I’m offended’ went viral.

“Boys can’t have periods it’s biologically impossible for a male with a penis to have a period.

“That would require ovaries which means female genitals. It can’t only be me that things the world has gone mad. Where is my desert island.......?”

She continued: “Do whatever the f*** you want, be whoever you want to be, sew a sparkly rainbow penis to your head, become a bloody unicorn, identify as an acorn I couldn’t give a s*** but boys having periods cannot happen unless we have some kind of freak human evolution.”

 

'Bleeders'

Her comments come almost a week after the comedian Cariad Lloyd deleted her Twitter account after being deluged with negative comments for using the word ‘bleeders’ to describe people who have periods in a tweet in support of the charity Bloody Good Period.

The charity, which provides sanitary supplies to asylum seekers, responded with a statement saying it was an “inclusive” organisation that “includes women, girls, trans men and non-binary people in our messaging”.

In a statement to the Telegraph, Brighton & Hove City Council said: "By encouraging effective education on menstruation and puberty, we hope to reduce stigma and ensure no child or young person feels shame in asking for period products inside or outside of school if they need them.

"We believe that it’s important for all genders to be able to learn and talk about menstruation together… Our approach recognises the fact that some people who have periods are trans or non-binary."

talkRADIO has contacted Ms Zissman for further comment.