The internet is ablaze with commentary after a video of a trans-identifying biological male alleging to be experiencing menstrual cramps went viral.
The video was originally shared to Twitter with the caption, “This clown is acting like getting period pain.” It has racked up over 5 million views as of Tuesday morning.
“Trans girl experiences first intense period after HRT,” the text on the video, which was originally sourced from TikTok, says. The video subject can be seen hunched over in pain, then sprawled on a bed with a heating pad.
“Why?” the subject asks at one point. “I swear to God if anyone says welcome to womanhood, I will lose my s***,” the person continues.
Only women have uteruses and only women can menstruate. pic.twitter.com/FkQPZoi2O1
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) December 26, 2022
Social media users were incredibly confused how a man could be experiencing period pain.
“They demand we affirm their ‘identity’ as they make a mockery and a joke out of ours,” Abby Johnson replied to the clip.
“Only women have uteruses and only women can menstruate,” Libs of TikTok shared.
Many social media users noted that the person in the video was slightly smiling in the clip.
“Notice the slight smirk as he leans on the bed — he knows he is mocking women and NO we don’t have to tolerate this insult,” one person shared.
“This is a new type of misogyny,” another viewer wrote.
Another made the comparison of trans identities being similar to blackface. “Painting your skin a different color as a joke is deeply offensive but a man seriously pretending like he’s a woman getting her period is normal and brave and progressive!” that user wrote.
“I think people tend to look at things like this and think ‘surely now people will see the absurdity here,’” another person observed. “But this line of thought *began* with an absurdity. If we can be pressured to pretend up until now, we can be pressured to pretend some more.”
This isn’t the first time the trans community has been publicly associated with menstrual concerns.
In September 2020, the feminine product brand Tampax inspired controversy by posting a tweet that said, “Fact: Not all women have periods. Also a fact: Not all people with periods are women. Let’s celebrate the diversity of all people who bleed!”
Trans activist Dylan Mulvaney also drew attention for carrying tampons and offering them to women. The TikTok influencer shared a lengthy video about the subject after getting backlash for it, as The Daily Wire previously reported.
“The bigger problem at hand is that you feel me carrying a tampon around is a threat to you and your womanhood,” Mulvaney said in part. “How is someone doing something nice so repulsive to you?”
“It’s not because I’m misogynistic, it’s because you’re transphobic,” Mulvaney continued.