A question pops into my head as I watch “Joan Wilder” (played by Kathleen Turner) traipse through a Colombian jungle with “Jack T. Colton” (Michael Douglas) in the movie “Romancing the Stone.”
How come women are NEVER on their periods during such crucial times? What would it do to the trajectory of the story if Joan Wilder was having one of her “heavy days” while on the run with Jack T. Colton–what to do without extra tampons or maxi-pads? It doesn’t stop there–why isn’t Catherine Zeta Jones’ character on her period during any of those crucial theft adventures in “Entrapment?” How come, for heaven’s sake, Wonder Woman is never on her period?
When I was a kid, I asked my father why the characters on TV (sitcoms and dramas alike) never had to use the bathroom. “How come they never have to pee?” My dad chuckled in response, choking out a bemused “Good question!”
Seriously, sometimes writers forget to give their characters bodily functions.