Bear with me for a minute: Putin saying he doesn’t have bad days because “not a woman” is correct. But his perception as to why women have bad days is sexist. He tells director Oliver Stone, who was with Putin from July 2015 to February 2017 to create a documentary on the Russian leader, “I’m not a woman, so I don’t have bad days. I am not trying to insult anyone, that’s just the nature of things–there are certain natural cycles.”
Natural cycles? I’m not surprised that Putin subscribes to the archaic view that women’s problems aren’t valid as they are only caused by hormonal mood swings. It’s that fancy way of invalidating women’s problems and anger by asking, “Are you on your period?”
So Mr. President Vladimir Putin, women don’t have bad days because of the blatant misogyny and sexism we are confronted with in every different form. If that didn’t happen on a daily basis for centuries on end, then we’d smile more and would never have a bad day just like you. And you don’t know how much we wish we had it good like that.