So while you’re all worried about toilet paper…there are women out there worrying about having access to menstrual products! And no, this is not something new due to COVID-19, it’s something that has been happening for a while – which is why the organization Period was founded in 2014 by two 16-year-old high school students. They had a clear mission – serving “menstruators” around the world in need of tampons, pads and menstrual cups; running educational workshops to change the way people think, talk, and learn about periods; and fighting for systemic change towards menstrual equity – because let’s be honest, menstruation is still taboo in a lot of communities – regardless of socioeconomic or societal status.
In Mexico for instance, when you buy feminine products, the store clerk will place them in a black plastic bag, as if the contents were shameful…and in most orthodox Jewish communities, women are not allowed to sleep in the same bed as their husband while they are on their period because they are considered “impure” (I know you can’t see me, but I’m rolling my eyes).
We are in the 21st century, guys…women should not feel “dirty” or “impure” when they are menstruating. Bleeding every month for 3-7 days with cramps, headaches and a roller coaster of hormones is more than enough; we shouldn’t add social stigma on top of it. After all, we are all existing on this planet thanks to menstruating women!
Which leads me to my second point: affordability. Menstrual products are taxed as luxury products. Excuse me, but are tampons the new diamonds? It’s a crime that they are considered luxury as opposed to necessity. So please, support organizations such as Period who are fighting to make menstruating more affordable and watch our Get It Girl interview with the lead organizer in Los Angeles, Kayla Adams.