A Menstrual Site for Men

That’s how PMSBuddy.com pitches itself. To wit:

PMSBuddy.com is a free service created with a single goal in mind: to keep you aware of when your wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, daughter, or any other women in your life are closing in on “that time of the month” – when things can get intense for what may seem to be no reason at all.

Note that they are smart enough to not include “employees” in the list of women to keep an eye on.

Is there anything the internet can’t do?

(Hat tip: Greg Feldman)


Becky

There is a site for women to track their own cycles. Mon.thly.info has an algorithm that will track (and then predict) women's menstrual cycles. It includes features like a reminder a day or two before, and an estimate of where in the cycle you are (good for planning conception). Additionally it is significantly less offensive.

BH

Wow, how offensive is that. And creepy. I don't inform my father or brothers (much less my non-existent SONS) about my menstrual cycle, thank you.

Doug Schoemer

Otherwise known as a "calendar."

Erin

I cannot believe that such a site is advertised here on Freakonomics. What is its relation to Economics?

Ben

I'm not sure I really understand the point of the site. If a woman in your life is irritable, you should find out what's bothering her by discussing it, not by making assumptions because some website emailed you saying "it's that time of month againnnnnnnn."

Mike

That could prove to be a very useful tool if it sends you a warning ahead of time, for a variety of reasons.

Nina

BH- Oh, I think after a few years people can usually tell. I had a boyfriend once walk in the door,look at my expression and say "Oops, I should have checked the calendar".

Hey, I wouldn't mind having certain people know when I'm REALLY not in the mood to be bothered.

Bob

"Coworker", "Secretary", "Employee", and "Boss" are included in relationships you can track. Guess they aren't as subtle once you sign up.

Kent

Never did understand why it is offensive to imply that increased hormone levels impacts personality and emotional stability. Isn't that just science?

Robin

Come on, the "Threat Index" is kind of cute.

LD

"Employees"? What about employers? Bosses can be women too thankyouverymuch.

Pansee A.

"Is there anything the internet can't do?"

Well, because of its inherent anonymity, it doesn't seem to be able to foster sensitivity and respect between people the way real society does, promoting instead stereotypes, ignorance, and the male conception of women as irrational, hormonal, sex-objects.

Oh, I'm sorry, was that not charming and sweet? Well, who knows, maybe I'm just PMSing.

nancy

be careful, your reward card at grocery stores and drugstores are also tracking your feminine hygiene purchases, too. Never buy those in timing with your own special calendar. Pretty soon they'll be sending you coupons for chocolate or breakout creams or whatever your menstrual weakness is and you'll be irritable plus become paranoid that your postman knows, too.

BH

It's offensive because it reinforces the stereotype that women are irrational, hysterical creatures with no self control. You'd certainly never want someone like that to be President. She might go and launch some nuclear missiles because it's that "time of the month", ha ha!

Likewise it allows men to dismiss women's valid feelings and concerns, because clearly they're hormonal, they can't help themselves, etc.

Imad Qureshi

This is hilarious.

nancy

not only that, they'll be tracking egg release when a woman is most creative. Or even pre release when she starts nesting. You will be sent household cleaning coupons. Hey and I mean not just creative withinn and just past those vagina walls, either. I mean it's been shown that those hormonal changes have affected creativity cycles. this is when the men in your office will be keen to stealing your work. Be careful.

There is hope.

Because of there fluctuating testosterone, you'll never be sure of the outcome if you confront them. Keep a graph and don't share it on the internet, girls. Pass it around the home/office/military phone tree, heck, with a color coded system. And don't be so obvious as using the rainbow. Use words like teal and turquois, and sea green blue. That confuses the heck out of most of them.

TR

I *love* that the list of Related Posts includes "Larry Summers for Treasury Secretary." (additional research on Summers' comments showed it to be more honestly provocative than offensive, though) Although I'm glad that people are talking about taboo issues such as race and gender, the stereotypes that come up are often misguided.

Like this one, for example - yes, women are more subject to emotional ups and downs during (and just before) menstruation. This does not negate the fact, however, that the emotionally-charged issue is still present, there's generally just a stronger reaction. I'm with Ben - if you're a guy (or a gal), recognize that if an issue seems more charged than you understand, ASK about it. Deal with it instead of running away or patronizing the woman.

Anon

I set this same thing up as a recurring calendar on Outlook. Before my wife and I would always fight around this time, and you could practically set your watch to it. Now I remember to stay calmer and to be less easily offended. it's been great for our relationship.

ahunt

"Never did understand why it is offensive to imply that increased hormone levels impacts personality and emotional stability. Isn't that just science?"

I suppose.

At least women are predictable. I need a daily TV guide to follow the Hubster's hormonal schedule.

If I know which Michigan sports team is playing when, I have a sense of when things will get intense for no particular reason at all (yelling obscenities at the widescreen, for example).

Adam

Oh come on... this isn't positive or negative. It's a tool. A tool that could be used to negative ends, or could be used to positive ends. It's all in how it's used.