Ladies, do you get horrible period cramps? That sucks, but think about how your poor husband feels when you're not there to cook and clean for him because you're "in too much pain." He's waiting for his dinner and he doesn't know how to boil his own water for pasta, dammit.
In all seriousness, clearly this narrative wouldn't fly today, but the mid-twentieth century and before was a completely different story. Scroll down and see for yourself.