I think the issue with periods used to be an author never mentioned them when writing, ever, even in scenes where you'd think the problem would come up, because it wasn't 'polite'. (An older book that comes to mind is The Family Name
, where the high school lady lead starts swimming for physical therapy and weight loss, then winds up on the swim team.) Things have changed, and this trope is nowhere near
as prevalent as it once was.
I think part of the problem may be (and I mean no
insult by this) is that younger submitters may be more familiar with examples using subversions or aversions rather then playing the trope straight.
One suggestion would be to change the name of the of the trope. ("Never Ever Period" crosses my mind) to discourage potholing. There are a few straight examples among the clutter.
Another would be to see if current aversions (and possibly some subversions) could be placed on existing or new pages. (If they aren't there already.) Periods being linked to transformations, powers, or the like could use a 'Magical Cycle' page. That would probably require two sections, one for when the period's an advantage, and one where it's a disadvantage.
On the other hand, periods that interrupt something -or 'something'- could go on the appropriate page.
There's also some examples that read as 'Period Affects the Plot'. 'Sci Fi/Magic Cycle Control' (or influence) exists as well. As well as 'Fantastic Culture, Periods'. And 'Tampon Embarrassment' for both sexes. (Although that sounds like part of a larger trope, I think?)
Many of the aversions are quite good. They just need to be on the right pages, new or old, and not in a trope that is dedicated to tales where the women have part of their biology shut off or not mentioned for the the 'comfort' of the reader.
edited 18th Dec '12 2:58:38 AM by Candi