Brown University distributes free tampons to men’s rooms because ‘not all people who menstruate are women’

Here’s a WTF for you.

Newsweek reports, Sept. 6, 2016, that students at the East coast’s Ivy League Brown University have something new in many campus bathrooms: free tampons and menstrual pads.

Viet Nguyen, Brown University student body president

Viet Nguyen, Brown University student body president

Brown’s student body president, Viet Nguyen, a senior education major who’s pushed the student-led initiative, will be hand-delivering menstrual products into all nonresidential bathrooms, including men’s rooms, with the help of 20 other students.

Nguyen said, “There’s been a lot of conversation about why pads and tampons are a necessity, not a luxury, but not a lot of action. We wanted to take it into our own hands. Low-income students struggle with having the necessary funding for food, let alone tampons.”

By putting menstrual products in women’s, men’s and gender-inclusive bathrooms, Nguyen’s campaign seeks to highlight what it claims to be an often ignored fact: Not all people who menstruate are women.

Nguyen said, “We wanted to set a tone of trans-inclusivity and not forget that they’re an important part of the population. I’d be naïve to say there won’t be push back. I’ve had questions about why we’re implementing this in male bathrooms as well. It’s an initial confusion, but people generally understand when we explain it.”

The free tampons and pads for “not all people who menstruate are women” are funded by the student-run undergraduate finance board.

Students at Brown aren’t the only ones going back to school this month with unprecedented access to menstrual products.

As of this fall, New York City public schools will provide free tampons and pads in all school buildings with 6th through 12th graders. The move is part of the city’s landmark legislation, passed on July 13, 2016, ensuring free menstrual products in all public schools, shelters and correctional facilities. In July, New York also became the 11th state to eliminate taxes on menstrual products. Advocates hope that New York City’s new law will set a new standard for schools around the country.

A Department of Education spokesperson said, “Students must feel comfortable during their classes so they can focus on learning, and having free, easy access to menstrual products is essential.”

Earlier this year, Inside Higher Ed reported that students at the University of Arizona, Columbia University, Emory College, Reed College, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, UCLA and Grinnell College, among others, have all advocated for free menstrual products on campus. As Courtney Couillard wrote in the Columbia Spectator, “I can easily find a free condom on Barnard and Columbia’s campuses, but why can’t I find a free tampon in the bathrooms in Hamilton or Milbank? Why does the administration care about my sexual protective rights, but not how I handle my monthly menstrual cycle?”

It turns out “menstrual equity” isn’t confined to schools and universities, but is a new pop culture movement.

jennifer-weiss-wolf

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, an advocate for menstrual equity, said: “Unlike toilet paper, which is provided for free in school restrooms, students are typically on their own to access menstrual supplies. Yet in order to be fully engaged in the classroom, these are as much of a necessity as pencils and paper. This is especially true for younger teens who are more likely to be caught off guard by the arrival of their period and without budgets of their own to buy emergency tampons or pads.”

President of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Terry O’Neill said, “Feminine hygiene products are not a luxury. They’re as essential as toilet paper; just ask anyone who has ever struggled to obtain or afford them. Students’ participation in school should not be hindered by insufficient access to this basic necessity. Universities around the country should follow suit.”

There were so many pop culture moments about menstruation that NPR called 2015 “the year of the period” and Cosmopolitan dubbed it “the year the period went public.”

And what does Brown University’s administration think of the free tampons even in the college’s men’s rooms?

As reported by Sydney Hutchison for Campus Reform, Brian Clark, Brown’s Director of News and Editorial Development, praised the students for their “tremendous initiative” and said the university will look forward to observing the results.

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

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20 responses to “Brown University distributes free tampons to men’s rooms because ‘not all people who menstruate are women’

  1. These people have absolutely lost their minds. They’re going all ape crazy because of .01 percent of the population who are mentally ill and want to dress as the opposite sex. Insanity rules the day in these higher education bastions of total PC wackiness.

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  2. SWEET LORD! Inanity has no limits, it seems. Political correctness, a.k.a. “Can’t cure stupid” is a dark, dark hole without bottom… (Yep!, leads all the way down to hell!!!) I guess they will be advertising it like, “If it bleeds, plug it with a tampon, boys, ’cause you are menstruating even if you don’t know it!” – And the faculty of medicine already started rewriting all their medical anatomy text books, to be all inclusive! Pelvic and chest areas in all anatomical images of the human body are now left blank and students are invited to finish them according to their own sexual inclinations, preferences and imagination. (They even pack each book with a box of crayons. Color at will, boys, girls, borls, girys, its, exes, ywaees and zees and…

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  3. Wonder how many low income students who struggle to pay for tampons have the latest and greatest smart phone and computer?

    “Why does the administration care about my sexual protective rights, but not how I handle my monthly menstrual cycle?” Now everything is a “right”‘for these people.

    NWO: “Students’ participation in school should not be hindered by insufficient access to this basic necessity. ” So that means universities should provide everything else that is deemed a basic necessity?

    I’d like to know how a man menstruates. Libs call us science deniers for not believing in global warming yet they deny basic biology. Feeeelings over science is ok for them.

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    • DCG you are right on. I don’t understand this new thinking that “everyithing” is some how a “right” that someone else should take on the burden of paying for! I for one, am fearful of the kinds of people we are brining up who are thinking in this manner! Stop the world, and let me off . . . I just cannot seem to get my thinking to align with these weirdos!

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      • I think the easiest way to understand this, and a host of other similar agendas, is to understand that they are trying to establish a New World Odor religion.

        Christianity is based on free will. This equates to freedom. We all have choices to make.

        Paganism is “deterministic”. It is not based on free will. It basically says, “you are born a certain way and have no choice but to obey your urges”. This is how we get concepts like “sexual orientation is predetermined”. All serious studies on this find just the opposite.

        When some group (especially a group of slimy Satanists) wants to replace the existing religion, they must first destroy the existing one. Hence we get the current crop of idiots running amok trying to destroy 2,000 years of morals and history.

        When these “movements” all arise “spontaneously” I’m more than a little suspicious. Where do they come from and how is it that these, allegedly educated professors suddenly arrive ready to lead the charge toward neo-paganism?

        I realize that there never has been a shortage of stupid people. Still, somebody has to dream stupid dreams and organize stupid groups to give the stupid purpose.

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        • Speaking of agendas and who’s silently scripting these jackass students, Talmud scholar Michael Hoffman documents chapter and verse the prurient, disgusting obsession among orthodox Jewish men with menstruation and the insanely degrading menstrual rituals imposed by them on their slavish wives.

          The broader backhanded interest, found exclusively among emasculated men like Viet Nguyen, is intended to degrade and not elevate the young women they seek to dominate.

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  4. I checked my calendar. No, it’s not April 1st.

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  5. I think perhaps they are just confusing incontinence with menstruation.

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  6. William Brandon Shanley

    Besides dozens of instances of false flag terror, the destruction of Libya and Syria, and it’s failure to jail crooked bankers, this will be the legacy of Barack Obama. Who could have otherwise foreseen that a great nation and its people would spend enormous amounts of time, space and resources by focusing on the bathroom preferences and sexual particulars of .03% of the population as it subverts the rights of the 99.97%?

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  7. Here’s the FUN FACT: Tampons and sanitary napkins were invented during WW I to treat military wounds. Yes, a tampon can be used to staunch a bullet hole. (Barbara Johnson, of Johnson & Johnson, found her calling and they built an empire on useful products).
    But I see the IMPLICIT THREAT HERE: It’s feminism coming for men. Keep on barking, YOU JUNKYARD DOGS!!!

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  8. I ran across this and subsequently, inadvertently used it as an attachment to a comment on another subject. I’m glad it got posted as I found it to be proof that there are no limits to this push to convince the morons that everything in life is part of “determinism”.

    I’m reasonably certain that even our full-time student and father extrordinaire, Mr. Sube from Luton, knows that only women menstruate. But, thanks to the brilliant education they are receiving at Brown, these graduates will be on the cutting edge of the new reality.

    Frankly, if someone needs a tampon I suppose the Men’s Room may not be the best place to look. But hey, I’m not a graduate of Brown. What could I possibly know?

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    • These cretins have too much idle time on their hands. A comforting thought is that when these ivy league college grads become new leaders of commerce and politics, the country goes to hell in a hand basket so much sooner. A distinct possibility for starting anew may arise from the ashes they leave behind, and folks such as the Subes of Luton sent back to where they belong.

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  9. Brown University? Kinda special, ain’t they?

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  10. “not all people who menstruate are women’
    And not all snowflakes who support this thought have brains.

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  11. Just another sign of how we are going down the shit slide ……..

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  12. I sure hope Viet Nguyen has a good 24/7/365 plumbing company on speed dial and plenty of cash on hand.

    LOL – Unclogging a toilet can be a tough (and expensive) job.

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