I could get really nasty in my response, but I'll play nice...kind of.
First, I don't consider it a weakness for a woman when she has her period. Many (not ALL) women have mood swings during "that time of month." If we know someone has a "bad time", we can have a little more patience and understanding. Heck, my wife gets that way. And during that time, I need to be a little more understanding of her needs because of what she can't control. Do we need to know if the supervisor is going through this? Of course not. We can be professional in how we deal with people. The supervisor was acting inappropriate by telling the staff to shut up. (hmm.. ok to tell someone to shut up? What are you feeling on that RNPD?) But Ohbet, being better than crabby supervisor, will be the better person in the long run and have a better case if she needs to go higher in the chain of command.
Second, we are amongst "friends" here. Maybe not friends in the sense of the real world, but online we are here to offer help and advice. In the "online" world, we can and should let our hair down. There will be people who are offended and others who will see it for what it is. RNPD, to you I apologize if my comments offended you. But I have been doing nursing long enough to know right from wrong in the "hospital" In the real world, there are people who look for any opportunity to play the sexual harassment card. It should be played when appropriate, not any and everything that is said or done. Certainly not with a phrase like, "it's that time of month"
Third.. when you mention, "We need to scrutinize whatever we say in public,..." that is a bad idea. One word comes to mind.. dictatorship. Not what this country was built on.
Finally, not spelling
correctly is a weakness. A spell checker works nice.
So, Ohbet, I am not suggesting you ask if it was that time of month for this supervisor. No one in his or her right mind would say it to someone. (not even yours truly!) Interesting RNPD, what are you feelings about what I suggested to Ohbet? What were your suggestions for Ohbet, or were you contempt in trying to save me from a lawsuit?
Looking forward to your reply!