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Should tampons be free?


Photo: uwdigitalcollections/Wikipedia
Photo: uwdigitalcollections/Wikipedia

What do we want? Tampons! When do we want them? Now—and for free!

That’s the case the New York Times is making, advocating for free-of-charge tampons among other acknowledgements of women’s menstrual rights—whether or not talking about them makes people uncomfortable.

According to the paper, “a growing number of advocates, entrepreneurs, and female lawmakers are…talking about menstruation publicly.” Their call to action? For businesses and the government to “take menstruation into consideration when they design facilities, develop budgets, supply schools, or create anti-poverty programs.”

The movement is spreading: New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland initiated a project to install a free tampon-dispensing machine in ladies’ rooms at a high school in Queens, and in Wisconsin, legislators have presented a bill that would make free sanitary products available in restrooms in all public state buildings—including schools—the Times reports.

Plus, New York City subway riders may have noticed some rather in-your-face ads for period-proof underwear splashed across the trains lately, courtesy of the brand Thinx.

What do you think? Should tampons be free for all? Let us know in the Comments!

Speaking of menstrual rights, how about the right to feel good during your period? Here are a few ways: yoga, magnesium-rich foods, and…cannabis.