A number of US universities have begun stocking tampons and sanitary items in the men’s bathrooms, in a move that panders to transgender people and social justice warriors.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced recently that both male and female bathrooms would be stocked with tampons and sanitary pads, free of charge. University spokesman Steve Wagner announced:
“Menstrual products will be available in all of the bathrooms of the Red Gym so that they are available to any student who might need them.”
In other words, tampons will be made available not only for women, but also for women who identify as male and who choose to use the men’s bathroom. While students in favour of the program are describing it as “necessary,” they ignore the irony of the initiative: it doesn’t matter which you “identify” with, there is a biological reality to being a woman or a man that no amount of flexible gender pronouns can avoid.
The free tampon program was brought forth by the university’s student government. Student Rep. Katrina Morrison called purchasing menstrual products “an unnecessary burden,” according to the Badger Herald campus newspaper.
“Having them be free and readily available in campus buildings is definitely a necessity,” she said.
The identity wars don’t stop at the gender of individuals, but of the products themselves. The article from the university’s newspaper, the Badger Herald, originally described the tampons and other sanitary items as “women’s hygiene products,” but this error was picked up by the politically-correct police, prompting the Badger Herald to issue a correction:
“Clarification: A previous version of this article referred to these products as women’s hygiene products. This article has been updated for clarification.”
The article now refers to the objects as “menstrual products”.
The initiative is part of the university’s “All-student Inclusion Program”, a training ground for social justice warriors on campus. The unit describes their purpose as to foster the following:
- A broader awareness of the diversity of social identities on campus and respect for those differences.
- A greater appreciation of one’s identity and the impact of one’s behavior on others.
- Enhanced skills to engage in constructive dialogue about social identities* and difference, as well as to resolve conflict in a civil manner.
- Knowledge about campus and community resources related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
- Skills to detect discrimination and bias as well as skills to intervene.
Surely, university funding would be more appropriately allocated to improving the quality of teaching or even reducing the large amounts of debt students seem to owe at the end of their degrees rather than enforcing a point of view on students. It is quite obvious that at least some students at UW-Madison would hold a different view on LGBTI issues, and would prefer their fees are spent in other ways. However, the supposed “needs” of a small minority are given precedence over the majority.
Wisconsin is not the only college however to submit to the whims of the LGBTI lobby. Student president at Brown University, Viet Nguyen, said the Ivy League college will also be introducing tampons in the men’s bathrooms.
“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.”
Cornell University, another Ivy League institution, introduced tampons in men’s bathrooms last year, after a “#FreetheTampon” campaign proved successful. However, it was not without its objectors. As reported in The Cornell Review:
Those who voted against #FreetheTampon expressed concern over the potential financial burden the project would create and lack of planning as well as the likely waste of the products, especially in the men’s bathroom, considering that likely less than a percent of the population is trans-gender. Some students even noted that they would be in support of supplying the women’s rooms with tampons, but not the men’s.
An argument can be made for providing free sanitary items on campus for women. However, placing such items in the men’s bathrooms is an absurd virtue-signalling move that panders to transgender people. If this move was really about being “inclusive,” did anyone ask the male bathroom users whether they were comfortable with it? It is highly unlikely.
While the LGBTI lobby worships diversity, acceptance, and inclusion, the hypocrisy is clear. As they have routinely demonstrated, tolerance only goes one way.
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