Scotland has become the first country in the world to provide free and universal access to period products after a four-year campaign that has fundamentally shifted the public discourse around menstruation.
The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act, which passed unanimously through its final stage on Tuesday evening, will place a legal duty on local authorities to make period products available for all those who need them, building on the work of councils like North Ayrshire, which has been providing free tampons and sanitary towels in its public buildings since 2018.
Look, I don’t have dog in this fight because I don’t have a bleeding uterus (is that transphobic to women without a uterus? I don’t even know what the rules are anymore, you may as well just cancel me now alongside JK Rowling because I’m sure to mortally offend someone when talking about biological periods) but it seems to me outrageous in the extreme that women (and persons who have periods???) are forced into period poverty.
It’s not as if Women (and persons who have periods???) have a choice about having a period, it’s a biological reality, trying to wrap that up as ‘personal responsibility’ is a fucking insult.
As far as I am concerned.
NZ should provide free tampons and sanitary pads to EVERY school, university and sexual health clinic AS WELL AS every employer being responsible to provide those same products free as they would toilet paper, milk, sugar, coffee and tea AS WELL AS all tampons and sanitary products being free of GST.
Provide them free and bring the price down for all women using them.
The sisters put up with a lot of shit, removing high prices for a product they must use is the least we can do Comrades.
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