An unnamed woman was chatting with a male coworker during their lunch break about relationships when he told her that the only reason she was still single was because she talked back.
Rightfully upset at the unnamed man's words, the woman began crying, which prompted the man to apologize, after which he asked her if she was on her period.
She said she was, and asked him how he knew. After some pressuring, he admitted that he kept track of her (and other women's) menstrual cycle and had set up reminders on his phone for when she and other coworkers were about to be on their period.
"They want to stay away from me when I'm PMSing, because I get a bit moody,” the woman explained to her friend Elizabeth Daoud, a journalist for news .com.au.
The man, who the woman describes as a friend, went on to tell her that he wished she told him she was on her period before they sat down for lunch because it would've saved him the trouble of apologizing so much.
Initially, she thought it was funny, but it became infinitely less entertaining once she discovered that he was keeping track of her cycle on his work calendar and gave everyone else in the office a heads up when her period was scheduled to begin.
It is a "good strategy to track her period cycle in order to avoid unnecessary situations," the man said, trying to add legitimacy to the statement by saying that he was "just trying to stay away from trouble."
While it may sound like a one-off situation, there are actually apps aimed at men which allow users to keep track of as many as ten women's cycles every month. PMS Buddy was one of the most well-known apps of its kind thanks to its motto that it saved relationships "one month at a time." Following complaints, the app was removed from the market, but dozens of knockoffs filled the void it left rather quickly.
Friend or not, lines were obviously crossed at the workplace, especially when the man shared the information with every other male in their company. Opinions on the matter, however, were mixed across the internet, with arguments for and against the man's 'initiative' to prevent trouble from brewing.
What do you think?