AOC Criticized for Using “Menstruating Person” to Describe Women

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Democrat representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being mocked on Twitter. This is for her coining the term menstruating “person,” instead of saying “women” in her recent interview with CNN.

Ocasio-Cortez: the Texas Heartbeat Act is not about supporting life

On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez appeared on CNN to talk about Texas Governor Abbott’s statement in relation to Texas’ abortion law. This law bans abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is observed, which could happen six weeks after conception. 


Ocasio-Cortez claimed that the abortion law (also called the Heartbeat Act) was not about “supporting life.” Instead, the law is about controlling the bodies of women and “any menstruating person.”

She continued, emphasizing how the law is about controlling people and ensuring that a woman like her (and any other “menstruating person” in the U.S.) cannot make decisions about their bodies. 

After the interview, Twitter users were quick to mock the far-left congresswoman for coining the term “menstruating person” and insisting on using it in the same phrase with “woman.”

Dana Loesch, a conservative radio host, posted a tweet saying it’s hard to argue the law is an attack on women’s existence, while Ocasio-Cortez is simultaneously aborting women’s existence by the term “menstruating person.”

Clay Travis, the founder of Outkick, likewise talked about Ocasio-Cortez’s statement on his podcast. Travis said that it is mind-boggling how broken the reasoning can be for some people like Ocasio-Cortez.

He added that you can almost hear how as AOC’s thinking of saying “woman,” she’s instead saying “menstruating person.”

Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on using the term “menstruating people”; likened the abortion law to sexual assault

On the other hand, CNN producer Allison Hedges praised Ocasio-Cortez, noting that in her recent interview, the congresswoman eviscerated Republican Governor Abbott on the ban against abortion in Texas.

Hedges noted that six weeks into pregnancy means being two weeks late in your menstruation. After Ocasio-Cortez’s interview with CNN, she doubled down on using the term “menstruating people” 

The congresswoman then posted a tweet saying that the law affects not only women, but also transgender men and non-binary individuals who can menstruate. Some women also don’t experience menstruation for plenty of reasons, and this could include surviving from cancer, which requires a hysterectomy.

Ocasio-Cortez continued, adding that Republicans angered by her statement are defending the “patriarchal idea” that women are as valuable only as uterus holders. She added that transgender folks, as well as nonbinary individuals, have always been there and they will constantly exist.

Others can stay mad about her statement all they want or they grow up instead. During her interview with CNN, Ocasio-Cortez likewise compared the abortion law to “sexual assault,” noting that both of them are affirming “control” over another individual.