I would imagine Susan B. Anthony is spinning in her grave right about now. Jessica Valenti, the author of the piece, recently was tweeting about government subsidies or free tampons for all and now she wrote more in-depth about it for The Guardian:
I was lucky. For too many girls, the products that mark “becoming a woman” are luxuries, not givens. And for young women worldwide, getting your period means new expenses, days away from school and risking regular infections. All because too many governments don’t recognize feminine hygiene as a health issue.
We need to move beyond the stigma of “that time of the month” – women’s feminine hygiene products should be free for all, all the time.
Granted she does make some good points about some of the issues involved, but her solution is a ham-handed typical one along the lines of the HHS mandate, government-funded abortions, etc.
Then there’s the “free bleeding” movement:
The idea behind this movement is two different ideas. One, is that a woman’s time of the month should not be considered something unclean and unnatural, […] The second, being that tampons, pads, and other feminine hygiene products are “man” made inventions, intended to inadvertently rape a woman during her period, thus furthering her victim status as a woman living in a world run by men.
I thought, and confirmed after talking to the women in my life, that the reusable approach was crazy enough. The “free bleeding” movement is even crazier to me. However, those are both generally based on actions that impact the person participating in those actions. Jessica Valenti’s notion that the government should pay for feminine hygiene products(i.e. every taxpayer should pay) is the truly disturbing point of view.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.