In a recent Newsweek piece about “periods, policy, and politics”, Newsweek gets the exclusive scoop on “menstrual equity”.
It appears Newsweek, who was once a reputable news source, is traveling down the path we have seen by such a news organizations as BuzzFeed.
BuzzFeed…I mean Newsweek (See what I did there) started the story off by bragging about how amazing of an article they wrote a year ago about, “about how the fight to end period shaming was going mainstream, highlighting the advocates, politicians, entrepreneurs and inventors working to eliminate the tampon tax, redesign menstrual products and improve access for everyone, everywhere.” Newsweek even takes credit, and I have no idea why ANYONE would want to, for starting this “period movement”.
The Pulitzer worthy article then highlights the movement’s progress, pointing to laws which make tampons and pads “free” … and by free they mean funded by the American tax-payer — in jails, public schools, shelters and even businesses exceeding 100 employees:
Last year, New York City passed landmark legislation making menstrual products freely available in public schools, shelters and jails. … In February, Representative Grace Meng of New York introduced a federal bill that would let people buy menstrual products with flexible spending accounts, offer a tax credit to low-income individuals who regularly use tampons and pads, and require companies with 100 or more employees to offer free menstrual products in workplace restrooms. The name of that bill? The Menstrual Equity for All Act of 2017.
But wait, this breakthrough journalism does not end there…. Apparently in the state of Colorado, “women in prisons will no longer have to pay $7 for a box of tampons; instead, they’ll have access to free tampons, thanks to an amendment in the state’s latest budget bill, which is on its way to the governor,” notes Newsweek.
“For a small amount of money, we can help provide a small piece of dignity,” said Colorado Rep. Faith Winter.
It is a breathe of fresh-air to know that our representatives, who we voted into office, worry about free tampons for prisoners, instead of focusing on some silly issue.
Newsweek also highlights the so-called liberal efforts in Europe, which, if passed, will allowed women to take paid days off for “painful periods.”
“Italy may soon become the first Western country to offer women paid menstrual leave if a new law passes requiring companies to give female employees three paid days off when they suffer painful periods,” decries the outlet.
The only worthy suggestion coming from this “menstrual equity” movement is the call to rid such products of state income tax, not because of some secret sexist agenda imposed by The Patriarchy, but because lowering taxes is a good thing both in principle and for the economy.
But the entitled calls here from feminists who perceived tampons and pads as some human right — what isn’t in 2017? — is nauseating. Tax-payers should not be forced to fund your personal hygiene. Period.
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