Man Mocked for Incorrectly 'Mansplaining' How Periods Work to Woman on Date

The concept of "mansplaining" has been taken to scary new heights according to a woman who claimed her date recently tried to tell her how periods work.

As if that wasn't bad enough, he got it scarily wrong and when she laughed in the face of his outlandish claims he decided to break things off.

To the uninitiated, the term "mansplaining" refers to the act of a man explaining something to a woman in a condescending or patronizing way. It's also often the case that said "mansplainers" will be offering up an unsolicited explanation on a topic the woman is already well-versed in.

In the case of the story shared to Reddit's "Am I The A**hole?" thread, the subject matter could not have been more female-focused.

Writing in the post, the woman recalled how, while sitting in her apartment about to watch a movie, she told her prospective partner she was on her period to which he replied that "he thought it was so strange that women give birth through the vagina but have periods from their butts."

Asking "what he meant by that" the woman was surprised to hear him repeat the claim.

"I kind of smiled, assuming he was very much just joking, and said 'oh yeah, so weird' thinking that he was going to start laughing soon to end the joke," she wrote. "He didn't."

Instead, the man began to talk about how his previous girlfriend had complained about "period poops" during their time together. Alarmed at his claims, the woman asked him directly "if he is being serious" to which he replied he was.

Though the man said he had "never received or seen much information" on the subject he was insistent that the woman "was wrong" when she then told him they came out of the vagina.

She recalled how he kept saying "Are you sure?" as if she was "confused" about her "own body." Even when "conceded that most women must have periods like that" he remained adamant some "have their period from their butts."

"He just could not understand no matter how many times I tried to explain it to him that he had just simply come to the wrong conclusion and misinterpreted his girlfriend's words," the woman said. She said eventually she "started to laugh" at his claims while her date "sat there red-faced, continuing to try and argue."

Eventually he told her he was "ready to leave" even though they had not yet watched the movie and then later texted her to say he had "done a little bit of research" and was "no longer interested" in a relationship with someone who laughed at someone for "not understanding."

One of the most extraordinary exchanges to ever feature on the social media forum, people across Reddit were quick to comment on the post which has racked up over 20,000 upvotes.

Issyswe called it "Mansplaining at its finest." GoodGirlsGrace was in shock. "He, a man, told a woman how women's bodies work. Even more grossly, he told a menstruating woman how menstruation works," she wrote.

Dnskinner77 had another thought, writing: "What gets me though, is where did he think we were putting tampons?" StaceVox, meanwhile, highlighted how the man would "rather not see her again than admit he was wrong after he did his own research."

Middle-Merdale was scathing of men as a whole. "Women learn all about the male anatomy, especially after having sons, but most men are so oblivious to the workings of a woman's cycle," she wrote. Time_Detective7632 felt the whole thing screamed "toxic masculinity."

Newsweek has contacted the original poster for comment.

As amusing as the post may have been, there remains a concerning lack of knowledge and understanding about the menstrual cycle among school-age boys.

According to research quoted by Natracare, 72 percent of boys said they had never been taught anything in school about periods while 75 percent of those polled were unsatisfied with the level of education provided on the topic.

The post comes just a few months after a man garnered flack for describing his wife, who is a new mom, as "hormonal." Elsewhere, a man drew criticism over his "sick" reaction to learning his girlfriend fainted in the shower.

A confused man on a date.
Stock image of a confused man on a date - an overbearing date has taken the concept of "mansplaining" to crazy new heights. fizkes/Getty

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