Friday, July 25, 2014

This Post Is for Women Only. Seriously. You've Been Warned.

Male readers: Welcome, but you may regret it.

Yeah, right.
So, Precocious Daughter has, you know "become a woman." It happened a while back, actually.

When I got this package in the late 1970s,
it may have contained the word "groovy."
Well, now - perhaps inevitably - our cycles have synced.

It's a beautiful thing.
Every month, like clockwork, the trash can in our shared bathroom gets really full during the same five-day period. I totally said period, huh-huh.

This is known as the McClintock Effect. Take it away, Wikipedia:

Menstrual synchrony, also called the McClintock effect, is the alleged process whereby women who begin living together in close proximity experience their menstrual cycle onsets (i.e., the onset of menstruation or menses) becoming closer together in time than previously..... 
Martha McClintock's 1971 paper, published in Nature, says that menstrual cycle synchronization happens when the menstrual cycle onsets of two women or more women become closer together in time than they were several months earlier. Several mechanisms have been hypothesized to cause synchronization.[4]
After the initial studies, several papers were published reporting methodological flaws in studies reporting menstrual synchrony including McClintock's study. In addition, other studies were published that failed to find synchrony. The proposed mechanisms have also received scientific criticism. A 2013 review of menstrual synchrony concluded that menstrual synchrony is doubtful.

Whatever, Wikipedia. All I know is that PDaughter had to back out of a swimming party today because menses, and then I went to the bathroom and...synchronicity, as Sting might say.

Gordon Sumner, noted songwriter and gynecologist.
My real point here is that I'm curiosity. Lady Drunkards, have you ever experienced the so-called McClintock effect? With a mother, a child, a roommate, a BFF?

Gentlemen Drunkards, do NOT respond to this question. Unless you have something truly awesome to say. Which many of you often do, so...go for it, I guess.

The floor is open.


  1. Yep. Dormitories. PMS. Alcohol.

  2. My sis and I were... and we live 3 hours away from each other. But, at the time, we spent most weekends together and talked on the phone EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. (btw, who does that? talks on the phone with a person every day??)


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