Absolutely. My tolerance for bullshit goes down, whereas the rest of the month, I abide by the rules set forth by society for socializing girls, which are, “If you don’t have something nice to say, be polite and keep the peace. No one wants to hear your opinions.”
I guess that means once a month, I act more like a man.
And, you know, some of us don’t really experience PMS at all, or if we do, mood-related changes may skew more towards depression, or even euphoria, rather than irritability. There are a couple days before my period where I feel FANTASTIC, like I could conquer the world. Then follow a couple days where I feel like crap. Some women crash and burn because of PMDD. Some women just feel kind of sad. Some women don’t experience much of a change at all.
Everyone is different. No two people are the same! No two moron misogynists are not on fire. Awwww.
There’s also a lot of evidence that the way PMS is framed and treated in Western medicine/society is a lot more cultural than biological, and a lot of the time is rooted in menstrual shame, as opposed to “hormone changes” etc. etc. Obviously this is not true for every menstruating person, plenty of people suffer from PMDD, endometriosis, dysphoria, etc. around their periods. But the widespread, ubiquitous bitchiness, hyper-emotionality, headaches, all that jazz that “everybody” gets around their period? More or less a Western cultural phenomenon.
That doesn’t make the crappiness that PMSing can be any less real for women whosuffer from it — but you see everywhere, from shitty got milk ads to the people opposed to women presidents, this notion that women biologically lose their shit around their periods because of ~science~~ and basically a lot of evidence suggests that that’s more because we’re told from day one that our periods are gross, shameful, need to be hidden, disgusting to men (who are the arbiters of women’s value), etc etc, than because of any changes in our hormones.