It is commonly thought that menopause marks the end of womanhood or that womanliness dies during that fateful period of time. Is menopause still a shame in the eyes of today's society? Despite the advances in science and culture, menopause is viewed as a uterine-laden, character flaw, and this perspective gives rise to many shameful myths. A term such as, "the change of life", removes women from humanity itself, making females into useless beasts. Negative connotations tied to decreased libido, estrogen, and mood swings make middle-aged women out to be a burden that must be dismissed. It's as if a functioning uterus is the only redeemable quality in a woman.
For example: I had a hysterectomy at age 27 due to complicated circumstances, and I am often asked by both men and women about when I am going to bear a child. I usually reply, "I can't have kids, because I had a hysterectomy". They reply, "That's a shame". Then, I receive the standard barrage of menopausal questions like: "What did you do?" "What happened to your sex drive?" "Do you get mood swings?" "Do you get hot flashes?" "Do you feel like a woman still?" Now, these questions may seem audacious to a progressive mind, but they are alive and well. And for this, I believe that society still features menopause as a death sentence.