or female students at a high school in Zhejiang’s Wenling city, whenever it’s their time of the month, their male classmates and teacher are aware and supportive.
A 38-year-old male teacher named Mo Qunli has been recording the menstrual cycles of his female students for the last few years, explaining that he views it as a way of taking good care of his students in their time of need. “There are some netizens who say that I am perverted. It’s impossible to get everyone to agree with you, so I just ignore them,” Mo told reporters about the response to his unusual teaching philosophy.
Mo says that he began documenting his students’ menstrual cycles after noticing that some girls in his class were too shy to ask not to participate in daily exercises at the school during their periods, making a difficult time for them even tougher.
To soothe students during their time of the month, Mo buys and brews brown sugar water, which he heard was an effective remedy for relieving the pain of menstrual cramps, allowing the female students to be more at ease when learning and studying.
“I think as a teacher, I should take on the responsibility of a father and care for the students like they were my own daughter,” Mo says. “The students also regard me as a father, so I don’t think it’s awkward to record their periods.”
The menstrual cycles of each female student are recorded on a piece of paper for the entire class to read, however, Mo says that rather than mockery this has inspired chivalry in his male students who take care of their female classmates and help with the making of the brown sugar water.
“A person must not only have IQ, but also Emotional Intelligence. I often tell the boys in my class that guys must learn to take care of girls,” Mo declares. In his class, male students are in the significant minority with just 13 boys compared with 30 girls.
Mo isn’t actually the first Chinese teacher to try to reduce the discomfort of students’ menstrual cramps. Back in 2013, a male high school teacher in Anhui province suggested that his female students prepare for the gaokao by buying and taking birth control.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, a Shanxi university was forced to deny that it was keeping track of its students’ menstrual cycles, claiming that an industrious student had created a registry on her own accord in order to crack down on the implausible number of female students who were getting out of mandatory morning exercises by claiming to be on their period.
While some young Chinese woman freely discuss their period, menstruation has traditionally been a taboo topic in China. Superstar swimmer Fu Yuanhui famously broke this taboo during the Rio Olympics in 2016, candidly telling the world that she was on her period following a mediocre performance at the women’s 4x100m medley relay.