Steve Cohen, the only U.S. representative we know who has Planned Parenthood in his DNA, just yesterday wrote how he was glad to see that the president was finally taking seriously the idea of no longer treating tampons and other feminine hygiene products as “luxury items” for tax and benefits purposes. Cohen says he introduced legislation in 1988 and only now is seeing it gain traction, perhaps due to President Obama’s interview with a famous YouTube star who raised the issue.

Today, Rep. Grace Meng of Queens, N.Y., introduced a bill to make feminine hygiene projects more accessible and affordable. And who gets no credit whatsoever? Cohen, who’s been wresting with the tampon for almost 30 years.

The measure, known as the Fund Essential Menstruation Products (FEM) Act, would allow hygiene products including tampons, pads, liners, cups, sponges, douches, wipes, sprays, and similar items used by women with respect to menstruation or other genital-tract secretions to be purchased from funds in flexible spending accounts, or FSAs.

The measure has the full support of New York council member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland of Queens, who would like to see free feminine hygiene products available in all New York City public school restrooms, homeless shelters and prisons.

Those outside of Queens are welcome to lobby for free tampons in every restroom by signing up with the grassroots organization Free the Tampons.

  • Snowblind

    What could possibly go wrong?

    • GonetoCarolina

      This?

      • aka_m

        !

        That poor kid will end up hating his mother (or father or babysitter or…) for putting that out in the world.

  • JosephBloughs ✓Viagrafied

    Don’t be shocked. You’ve come a long way, baby. It’s only natural to have evolved here from

    • bil_g

      Now get out of my bedroom!

  • fragglerock61

    Yes, because this is absolutely the most important use of legislative time and government money. Please. This is just another Dem effort to buy female voters. Apparently Dems think women are only worth a box of tampons. I am insulted on behalf of my wife and daughters.

  • CJ

    next they will be asking for free bras and to make Victoria Secret cheaper and more accessible. Men don’t have to hold their boobs up so its not fair that women have to spend extra money on bras.

    • MoxieLouise1

      Not to mention free boob jobs and butt lifts because, heaven forbid, we should walk around with low self-esteem.

      • bil_g

        A government boob job*…they’d probably be lopsided. Noticeably.

        *so many places to go with that.

        • chris goodwin

          Well, if they only support the left, the result is bound to be lopsided.

    • Seola

      They aren’t asking for free tampons in the first place.

      • Janedear

        This article, second to the last paragraph:
        “The measure has the full support of New York council member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland of Queens, who would like to see free feminine hygiene products available in all New York City public school restrooms, homeless shelters and prisons.”

        Third to the last paragraph:
        “The measure, known as the Fund Essential Menstruation Products (FEM) Act, would allow hygiene products including tampons, pads, liners, cups, sponges, douches, wipes, sprays, and similar items used by women with respect to menstruation or other genital-tract secretions to be purchased from funds in flexible spending accounts, or FSAs”.
        Note: to be purchased from funds in flexible spending accounts, in other words, government accounts that tax payers pay for.

        • Seola

          Julissa would like to see it, but the FEM act does not include free, so that’s the “they” I was referring to – the lawmakers.

          Additionally, FSA’s are accounts that we fund pre-tax contributions from a wage. They aren’t “government accounts”. They are private accounts held with major banks, that allow your employer to deposit directly into, then tax your wages that go into your own account. They have federal oversight (such as auditing) but they are not held by the government. I use an HSA because Obamacare screwed our family by reducing the FSA allowance to $2500, but increasing HSA’s to $6500. FSA’s being front loaded were a blessing to my high medical use family, but alas, we are stuck now trying to pre-fund accounts that also allow you to put overage amounts into the stock market.

          How in the world Obamacare argued FSA’s were “tax-free deposit havens” (despite it being use it or lose it) while HSA’s were the bees knees is beyond me.

          • cc

            however, the govt does proscribe what our FSA funds may be used to purchase, requiring an Rx script-like justification for OTC meds, so it’s in a very small way conceivable to consider letting women use FSA for those products, but only if the OTC rules are wholly revamped at same time

        • CJ

          I know…reading comprehension taught in common core schools.

    • Paladin

      By that logic, we should ban women that do nothing but whine.

    • whatev…✓ yo’self.

      …and bread. Women should get free bread, because they are always having to make sandwiches for men.

  • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

    What. The actual. Crap.

    The related tweets are priceless. Show me this mythical person who says tampons should be banned.

    • journogal

      During the last election, the same MENSA candidates claimed that Romney was going to ban tampons.

    • aka_m

      Only when they’re trying to throw used ones at politicians. (i just grossed myself out)

    • reggie

      My s-i-l would, but that’s because she was stupid, forgot one and ended up with toxic shock syndrome (had to get that verified). With our new common core brilliantly educated, maybe they should be banned. The idea – bleh.

  • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

    This — whatever it is — has driven the phrase “First World Problems” straight to the toilet.

    Pun intended as intended gets.

  • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

    The smiling buffoons in the photo of the last tweet makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. They actually believe they accomplished something great and worthwhile, a law for the history books for everyone to swoon over.

  • Whoaboy

    Funny they keep saying the blacks love Hillary yet she gets away with breaking laws they’d shoot any black for.

  • malclave

    As long as tampons are used as fashion items (such as earrings) they should be subject to the same taxes as jewelry.

  • Mary Mommy Happy 2017!

    Yeah. I care more about the higher premium cost of Obamacare, the higher cost of living expenses and higher cost bank mortgage. Then give two shits about the cost of my tampons at the store.

    Good grief. We are doom as a society with this non-important issue being more focus then other more serious issues.

    • reggie

      Diversion, keeping the real dirt well hidden.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Well, gee, Obamacare is sucking all sorts of cash from people across the country (either through excessive premiums or the not-as-high-as-the-premiums-but-still-good-money penalties), so by all means, Grace, focus on the really important money matters like tampons.

  • Kimberly

    I never realized women were struggling to pay for tampons. Never in my poorest times and I have had some really poor times have tampons ever been a problem to afford. I mean you can get them at the dollar store if you are desperate. So happy to see such a monumental problem being solved.

    • MoxieLouise1

      I intend to start carrying extras so I can give a couple to the homeless whenever I have the chance.

      • journogal

        There’s a movement/charity that suggests women to take purses they don’t use and fill them up with hygiene products to give to homeless women and shelters.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Say it with me now: New York Values.

  • HENCHMAN 0804

    If their is ever a one way trip to Mars I am on it.

  • Zhytamyr

    There will be no appreciable difference – NYC will continue to be filled with douches.

  • MoxieLouise1

    Good lord, I am so embarrassed to be a woman right now. This is feminism??!!

  • HiltonHead_Dude

    Didn’t Obamacare take care of all this….or did Democrats fuck up my health insurance for nothing? Asking for a friend…

    • vetgal1970

      Would it be too cynical of me too think they intentionally shelved it just for the purpose of making it an election issue down the road?

  • Seola

    I could get behind this. It’s not “free” tampons. It’s tax free. I don’t even have a uterus anymore but I can respect that. Tampons, pads and liners only however. If anyone bothered to read the above info, it’s paid for out of a person’s wages, that were deposited into a flex/health savings account. A woman with an average lifespan of periods can literally pay tens of thousands in taxes on the items that are basically required for hygiene to go in public. For private women’s charities, they are all stuck paying the taxes on items they need to purchase to care for women, so this saves them as well (the sales tax is not tax deductible because of the current classification on tampons).

    Of all the lame brained things to come out of the left’s mouths, this one makes sense.

    • fragglerock61

      Show the math that you would pay tens of thousands in taxes on tampons in your life cause I am calling bull.

      Additionally, if this was enacted, where do you think the states would make up for the lost revenue? They wouldn’t cut anything from the budget, democrats don’t know how to do that, so they would have to tax something else at a higher rate.

      So congrats! You are saving 50¢ a month on tampons, but your water bill just jumped by about ten bucks. And not just your water bill, but your neighbors’ water bill as well. So now you are actually spending more every month and the creepy dude down the street is subsidizing your period.

      But hey, tampons are tax free so I guess the moral victory is worth it right?

      • Seola

        I’m guessing you aren’t a woman? Take the average tampon cost (and not just the cheap kind as I’ve already tossed that out argument the post above), take the average usage, for the average period, for an average cost every 21 days. Multiply repeatedly. Add in various backups such as liners to go with the cost of that tampon and that can add anywhere from 5-25 cents per tampon use. So then tax that. Add in pads for nighttime backups to go with that tampon. Most women, especially after about age 25 use some form of backup to tampons at night, at minimum. Most women in their late 30’s and early 40’s then go up in price as they need both heavier protection, need it more often and need backups more often. Add in the average woman bearing 3 children in her lifespan (the rate is just under 2, but obviously, one can’t have 3/4ths a child), then combine the cost of pads and various items for 4-6 weeks each pregnancy (which is roughly the same time frame as a full year of periods, but the products are twice as expensive and you need twice as much to handle birth waste – and though on could argue removing expenses during pregnancy, the reality is a good portion of women still experience periods or light bleeding at their times, mostly first trimester but some throughout their pregnancy). Any given period for a young women before children can cost (in total), roughly $24 (again, I’m averaging). A period for an older woman runs roughly $34. The first post-birth week can easily hit $90-$100 if attempting to avoid all accidents (which would include bed pads) in total (thankfully, some hospitals do send things home with the woman, but not always, my first two I got medical grade to take home, but my twins, I did not). Add in the other hygienic items that go with periods and it really starts racking up in a woman’s life. The vast majority of women experience extra or additional periods in perimenopause – including flows that don’t stop sometimes for weeks at a time. This phase has been referred to as “the flood”. I’ll let that description speak for itself.

        A woman doesn’t have the EXACT same period she got when she was 11. It consistently gets heavier and longer in healthy women as they age. The cost isn’t “oh, I can use this cute one tampon all day long”.

        Further, there is also always some “loss”, whether it’s due to a package being ripped open, lost, contaminated, etc. (And if you have kids, you can bet you’ll lose a box to science experiments in the toilet.) So it’s not even remotely “you get x tampons and THAT’S IT”. Replacing has costs. If you buy a gallon of milk every 4 days for 50 years, there will be times some of it goes bad. It happens.

        Not to mention women’s hygiene ranges the entire body. From deodorant to tampons to pads to soaps to shampoos to – well everything. Women’s prices are higher than men’s, plus the addition of items that men don’t even use. The average women in general – for the exact same things as men – pay $1400 a year more for the same products or services. (via Forbes) When compounding items only women use, it can easily add up six figures. Companies stand behind the fact women’s formula’s for hygienic products cost more to make – and there may be some truth to that in general, but certainly not across the board as the dry cleaner experiment found out.

        • fragglerock61

          Pretty sure that you just jumped the shark lady.

          We are talking taxes on tampons, not total cost of all hygiene products.

          I am a man, true, but my wife has a pretty regular and average period. She uses maybe a box of tampons a month. So lets say $1 a month in taxes on tampons, a high estimate for the sake of argument. $12 a year in taxes on tampons multiplied by 50 years gets you $600 in taxes on tampons. Even if you multiply that by 10 to account for taxes on other similar products a woman might need you still aren’t even at $10k. And these are high estimates. Odds are an average woman will spend far less.

          The point being that implementing this would probably cost more than any woman would save in her life. It’s a 100% pander bill and with all that is happening in the world now this crap is simply a waste of time.

          • Seola

            No, we’re talking about taxes on the products needed to manage periods. Not just tampons. Did you read the original article at all? Talk about jumping the shark…

            And yes, it’s quite clear you are a man… especially if you think “A woman with an average lifespan of periods can literally pay tens of thousands in taxes on the items that are basically required for hygiene to go in public.” means only tampons. Who was talking about only tampons? Or are you purposefully trying to narrow the argument to one specific item out of roughly 5 that a woman needs to manage at any given point in time?

            Odds aren’t that a woman will spend far less, because I didn’t include the increased cost at older ages or give a rough range for perimenopausal.

          • fragglerock61

            I am still waiting for actual math. Even if a woman uses those five products, and I know not all women do, they still won’t spend much more than a dollar a month in taxes on each of those products. Still only at about $3,000 over 50 years. Even with an extra 50% in waste or loss or etc. we are not close to “tens of thousands of dollars”.

          • Seola

            “Much more than a dollar a month” – that “much more” does add up, specifically when it’s an additional 40-50 cents, dear. Do you even know how much one pays in sales tax? And why are you still basing it one box of tampons. Not all women use all five when their 18, but all women use at least 2 by the time they are 33 or 34. My costs were BEFORE taxes and additional costs like above – hence my stating “average period” and talking about needing more than just the average period. I’ve tried to point you repeatedly into that direction without the oh-so-detailed description, that those costs are an average period, not that the average period happens 12 times a year (it happens 13 even in the clockwork women) or that it’s specifically the only time these products are used. Picking out one sentence in the entire thing then ignoring the surrounding context makes you look very silly indeed.

          • fragglerock61

            And I accounted for other products specifically in my response. In case you missed it. Or didn’t read it.

          • Seola

            Are you purposefully obtuse or do you need everything spelled out for you. YOU said “We are talking taxes on tampons, not total cost of all hygiene products.”

            So which one are you lying with here? I pointed out not only the range of products, but the cost differentials for the SAME types of hygiene and treatments.

            It’s easy to tell your a man because apparently you still don’t get it. I was being vague in my comments to avoid the more disgusting specificity, but I kept pointing to you that periods don’t fit in a cute 5 day window on exact schedules. You still seem to think they do. And you still seem to think that you need a pad or tampon here or there and women can just deal with it.

            Now, since you are either being willfully ignorant or because you just like to lord your manliness over us poor wilting flower ladies:

            Situations “outside the box”:

            Medications:
            Many many medications induce menstrual bleeding in addition to the regular period. Many more can induce bleeding for months. One such drug is Topamax whose side effect is basically “non-stop bleeding”.

            Yeast infections:
            In addition to needing to shove meds up your hoo ha, there is leakage with those medications. They need to be caught. They can also induce additional menstrual bleeding.

            Miscarriage:
            The average woman suffers several in her life – some are unnoticed other than heavier flow. Others require extra days or even weeks.

            Gynecological diseases:
            A majority portion of women will suffer from forms of endometriosis (such as I did, which led to my uterus being yanked out of my body, thank you very much), PCOS, polyps or cysts. All which induce – yep, you guessed it, prolonged and irregular menstrual bleeding. Oh a tale I could regale, with my 8 month period before laser surgery to reduce the endo, so I could try to get pregnant.

            STDs:
            STDs can induce inflammation and swelling and *gasp* bleeding! I’m sure a Lordly man like you would call the woman various names and say “GET BACK IN YOUR REGULAR SCHEDULE WOMAN!”, but the woman could be transmitted by her unfaithful husband as well.

            Stress:
            Now, I’m sure a Lordly man like you doesn’t have a lady (because she could easily tell you all the things I’m saying, and any lengthy time with a woman could teach you any of this), but if you’ll notice, yep – she bleeds more when she’s stressed. Extra periods, prolonged periods? Yep, more blood to go around, yay!

            Weight fluctuations – even temporary… you see, women’s precious little bodies produce x amount of hormones for a weight our bodies are used to. But alas, when the weight changes, hormones get out of whack, inducing *gasp* more blood!

            Clots! Oh yes, those sexy things – they can ruin a fresh pad or tampon in an instant. Requiring a change less than an hour after opening the wrapper. More common once you have children and/or later in your menstruating life.

            And get this, because blood is partially expelled through contractions of the uterus – diarrhea and other bowel symptoms can.. induce menstrual bleeding or increase flow! (This same cause-effect is why castor oil works to induce labor.)

            Further, many women during pregnancy use panty liners or thin pads to catch all the lovely gummy junk that comes out of there and occasionally, a little pee in the late stages.

            Us ladies are walking bloodbaths… but please, feel free to pretend we all have a dainty, girlish period, like clockwork (only a tiny portion of women are actually running like clockwork with 6-7 on, 21-22 off) and you can accurately predict how many pads and tampons we’ll need for an exact single cycle a month because we have exactly the same periods every single day.

          • Seola

            Oh and one other factor, the cost of these products isn’t uniform, so while the one box of tampons may be $15, in other locations, due to localized inflation, it may well be $20 or more and those are often also in the highest sales tax locations as well. So the same $15 box in a 7.9% tax location, may cost $20 in another and have a Tennessee sales tax rate of 9.45%. Given Arkansas has a tax rate of 9.26%, though the cost of the box may be $15, they are paying $1.39 instead of $1.20. That’s a tax difference of 19 cents…per box.

          • fragglerock61

            1.39×24(2 boxes a month)x50= $1,668. If you multiply that by 10 you are finally over 10k over 50 years, but those estimates are probably at least double the actuals, particularly since we used your high priced tampons.

            You are also assuming every woman needs multiple products and high priced ones at that. Simply not the case. My wife, who has had four children and is in her late twenties, only uses two, and she doesn’t use nearly the quantities that you are citing.

            I still think that, on average, this would save a woman at most $1,000 over her life. And knowing government it would end up costing far more.

        • blcartwright

          Priorities. Buy fewer cigarettes

    • yeahright1965

      Although I although I have no problem with these products being tax free, you prove the point that the left is only doing this to get support of the women voters, at least the unthinking.. “Tens of thousands”… Total BS… Very simple math:
      Average number of tampons used per period is 15-20
      A quick look at Walmart online, name brand tampons are about 0.16 each Walmart brand 0.09
      Average women has menstrual cycles for about 40 years..(480 cycles)
      Average sales tax is under 8%

      So let’s use the high numbers…

      480 x 20 x .16 x .08 = $122.88 …..OVER THE LIFETIME …not anywhere close to “tens of thousands”…

      And just another example of the left targeting the low info voter.

      • R.C.

        Maths r hard.

    • 8o88y

      What’s the sales tax in New York City now? About 25% or something like that? If it isn’t, it will be soon. Those tampon taxes could add up.

  • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    “I’ve intro’d a bill 2 make feminine hygiene products such as #tampons & pads more accessible & affordable to #women. http://1.usa.gov/20niL2a
    every drugstore, Walmart, Kmart, Target, convenience store, and dollar store has them staring at $1.00.

    • Seola

      And many of the dollar store versions are painful and have quality issues for off brands. Depending on the type (deodorized, etc.) it has chemicals in it that are shaky at best. The dollar store toothpaste fiasco should be a nod to not looking to them for anything hygienic you ingest, insert or apply to your body.

      • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

        Then go to Walmart $4.00 for 16.

        • Seola

          And then pay additional taxes on it. 16 also for most women only gets you about 2-3 days for normal flow. The bill is to remove taxes, not make the tampons free.

          • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

            Twentyfour cents. Who do you think buys the things in this household, including tampons?

          • Seola

            (Apologies if this is multi-posting, the API has gone wonky)

            24 is the lowest tax state. Good call. Additionally, this is just the NY initiative, 4 or 5 states already dropped the tax on these items – so it’s not exactly new or news. It saved women a ton of money collectively and will over time, but the sales tax it took in was minuscule in the states budgets (so tiny, you’d need a pie of a pie of a pie of a pie in a budget chart). The top tax on them is 34 cents. Per your $4 box (which again, doesn’t work for most women), which takes roughly 3 for the average woman. Per month. Per year. Per 45-50 years. (FWIW, the average cost of a box of 16, that young women need is closer to $6.50. You can save a little more buying a bigger bulk box with varying strengths but it requires a bigger purchase upfront of about $14 for 36.)

            I will also add that (I’m sure it’s a surprise to most men), not all tampons fit women the same. I could only use one particular type, from one particular brand, because the others caused (pardon the TMI, but this is the topic, and talking about “go cheap” was your point) lesions and cuts to my… err… nether areas. I couldn’t use cheaper cardboards either. Pads were not out of the question, but
            they are often more expensive than tampons.

            One will need larger sizes and change more often as they get older as well. This is not including the more expensive pads after childbirth, which often require changing every 1-2 hours the first few days, every 3 hours for another few days, and every 4 hours for a few more weeks. And what does who buys it have to do with anything? Are you implying that if a man buys it, then it’s not for a woman?
            Or are you implying that a woman buys it, then she’s not worthy of a tax break on an item REQUIRED for her to mix in public 25% of the month? There are already tax exemptions for other things like adult diapers, OTC meds, etc.

            If I reverse this argument, and it’s “only” 24 cents, then why would it bother you so much to let it go?

          • nc ✓s & balances

            It seems there are two proposals here, eliminating taxes through FSAs and outright free distribution. Which one do you support? Do you think this is a slippery slope? After all, people need all sorts of things. Is the government obligated to just hand out every necessity of life?

          • Seola

            I support the FSA or tax-free idea. I do not support free distribution, but I don’t support free distribution of anything but water (as it’s truly the one necessity one needs to live, as is air) and the vast majority of people are stuck under monopolies so they can’t get their water rates through free market. A woman cannot avoid having a period or just say “I’m not going to have one today”, she HAS to buy these products. Remember the outrage when one loony woman ran that marathon and everyone was blasting her and telling her to “plug it up” (to borrow from Carrie)?

            Well, making it tax free – much like diapers already are – provides benefit to women so she can do so. It removes such a small portion from state tax revenues that not mowing a few lawns a couple times a year would cover what they lose, but it helps both the middle and poor class in their budgets, and it helps privately funded women’s charities immensely. In both their own purchases and donations made by others who could buy more.

            It’s quite literally a product that is a required need, but one that having a cost associated would also have women make their own decisions and work on the styles she can both afford and use.

            I felt the same about most OTC meds. You don’t buy Tylenol because you feel perky and ready to go. Taxing public health items is silly to me. Especially making this some weird sacred goat out of forcing a very specific tax on only half the population. We already allow FSA/HSAs to be used for medicines, bladder control, and so forth. Why would anyone care about keeping tampons taxed?

          • chris goodwin

            Free water (?) Not that I pay all that much for water, but I’ve never seen it free. BIG business.

          • nc ✓s & balances

            That reminds me, I just had to replace my old washing machine, so I now have one of those new “HE” water efficient ones. IT controls the water levels, not me. So I just got my first monthly water bill since the new arrival and yes, my water consumption was reduced 30%! BUT the “basic rates” went up, so my bill was actually more than $2 higher.

          • nc ✓s & balances

            You make a good argument. The problem is too many libs won’t leave this alone as just a tax issue. They make it about free stuff. See the story above, it’s right there.

          • RepublicanDon

            That is the Democrat platform. Everything for everyone and all of it free.

          • blcartwright

            In my lifetime Pa never has had sales tax on these types of items, including those for men (most anything OTC from a drug store)

        • MoxieLouise1

          We’re losing our Walmart because they’re paying $15 an hour.

          • Seola

            I can imagine there will be multiple closures from the crazy bats who are demanding the ever-vague “living wage” for little work. Some of the stores with 1% profit margin or less (Wal-Mart’s national profit margin is a mere 3%), are most often in underserved areas anyway… now they are just losing the big retailer that gives the best prices.

          • nodhimmi

            So the workers fell for that lie eh?

        • Seola

          Additionally, the cheaper ones at Wal-Mart don’t often come (depends on the particular store) in slender fit, which most teen girls and young women require as the others don’t fit. It’s usually the straight cardboard, regular and super.

        • R.C.

          36 for 8 bucks on Amazon

      • Dan13

        “Many of the dollar store versions are painful…”
        Then buy the dollar store versions that are not.

    • Dan13

      Evidently, more available means that I pay for them.
      And get no thanks in return.

  • JohnFLob

    Is maintenance over yet?

  • JohnFLob

    Shouldn’t Melissa Harris-Perry’s ear-rings be taxed as a luxury?

    • Dan13

      They should be used as tampons.

      • RepublicanDon

        They should be crammed into her ears until they meet in the middle.

        • R.C.

          No resistance. Easy job.

  • Janedear

    I don’t believe there should be a tax on menstrual products, but that’s it, no tax, not free.
    Why do these feminists seem to think “empowered womankind” needs the government to pay for them?
    What kind of claptrap empowerment is that?
    They say (I don’t agree at all!) that women should be on the battlefield and yet she cannot pay for her own life’s necessities?
    They say this with a straight face?

    I would like to add that women in prison (being as they are captive) should definitely have access to feminine care products at all times, as it is a matter of important hygiene and morale, with no exceptions. I have read of the awfulness of little to no menstrual products available to women in prison and it is appalling in a first world country, which we still are, in spite of the Anti Americanism of the progressive movement.

    • Seola

      These “modern feminists” spend half their time screaming that everyone is talking about their lady bits… then the other half screaming about why no one is paying attention to her lady bits. Complete hypocrites. As to your prison comment, that is unbelievably true. Other than the three meals and the occasional TV behind bars, there is some real lack on so many needs (with inexplicable spending on others). Mental health medications are also in very, very serious short supply, which increases crime inside prison itself and makes recidivism climb as someone gets out and is totally uncontrolled. Women in prison face the double whammy of the mental health meds, Gynecological treatments/hygiene products.

      I support a jail system, the death penalty, etc. but some of these people are inside for such petty things and the justice system gives entirely too much leeway to criminal sentencing. We have child abusers out in 10 days, but then toss 20 years at a guy who had some marijuana. When you take away the dignity of being able to actually have feminine products, you just create more jaded women.

      • Oysteria (I won)

        “We have child abusers out in 10 days, but then toss 20 years at a guy who had some marijuana. “

        I have seen this happen. Except that the abuser got probation and the marijuana user got 8 years.

  • Maxgoof

    That does not make it free, unless you don’t put your own money in an FSA. All it does it make it tax free.

  • wharfrat

    Doesn’t Cohen have anything better to do ?,there has to be a lot of problems to solve,Tampons are not it!!

  • RepublicanDon

    Hey Grace, just tell the guys you are putting out for to buy them.

  • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    Oh, fer fuck’s sake…

  • Steven Richards

    Free Jock-straps!

  • interestedobserver2

    Free to whom? And who has to pay for it? White men?

  • Stephen

    We’re doomed.

  • Hodor

    FSA/HSA-eligible: absolutely.
    Things like contact lens solution and pre-natal vitamins used to be eligible under those accounts, as well.

  • journogal

    How in the world have I made it to 42 without the government providing my every need. When I was a poor college student, I still could afford personal products as well as birth control. I had to budget, but I did it and that was in the late 90s. Here we are in 2016 and women, that claim to have no need for men (especially white men), need the government to give them everything because that’s empowering in some way.

    • R.C.

      “….budget….”
      You just confused the whole lot.

  • http://www.unpczone.com Chris Carter

    I have never heard a woman say she can’t afford tampons. Where is this coming from?

    • journogal

      The “I-am-a-women-and-everything-should-be-free-because-that’s-empowering” group.

  • Maggie

    This brought to you by the same political bent that praises ObamaCare as a cure-all and want to deem cotton balls, cotton swabs, feminine hygiene articles, etc. as “medical devices”, and tax them accordingly.

    These people are flying rodent droppings crazy. They have no real and serious and sane concept of importance and priorities.

    • R.C.

      Because they are not serious nor sane.
      Pander to the ‘Free Sh!t Army’ for votes. Its the American way!

      • Joycey

        Government should be free for everyone. Why does the government cost US anything?

  • Idiot Magnet

    I can’t believe I just read this. When will the idiocy end?

    • Deplorable Nigel Pinchley

      When they throw dirt in your face! (old Irish saying) I seriously believe if we don’t do something about the nonsense going on this crap will continue until we are all dead.

  • Deplorable Nigel Pinchley

    I have no problem allowing them to be purchased using FSA’s. That’s their own money. I do have a problem with giving them away on my dime. I have a better idea. Why not let FSA’s roll over to the next year if all the money isn’t spent rather than the feds stealing it like they do now. And allow people to use it for whatever medical expense they want whether it’s a co-pay for an appendectomy or elective surgery like a face lift.

    • journogal

      I whole-heartedly support using FSA as well. With it being free or taxpayer-covered will raise the price of other items and opens the door to “why isn’t such and such free? It should be!”

      • Deplorable Nigel Pinchley

        Nail meet hammer!

    • cc

      FSA rollover has been in place for at least 2 years, however, free usage for medical expense isn’t – it’s still regulated by govt

      • Deplorable Nigel Pinchley

        But the rollover is only $500. It should be almost unlimited as long as it’s being used for a valid medical treatment/medication/appliance, etc.

  • Joycey

    These crony/fascist/third way politicians what would we do without their stupidity?

  • Joycey

    What about toilet paper?

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8RjCRolSM Sanchez

      It is a luxury! One that literally means flushing your money down the toilet.

  • Joycey

    What about soap?

  • Joycey

    What if the government just stopped taxing US?

    • Joycey

      If government as been reduced to tampons why do we need one?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8RjCRolSM Sanchez

    The “luxury” word is a lie. Go look at any state that taxes these products and they are taxed at the same rate as any other taxable item.

    NO state uses the term luxury in their tax codes.

    The lies out of Democrats must stop.

    • dxsmopuim

      “The lies out of Democrats must stop.”

      AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8RjCRolSM Sanchez

    Will trannies get special tax treatment?

  • globalcrap

    As long as it free , liberals are happy. When these free loader have to pay for something , different story.

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Tampons can actually be dangerous by keeping toxins from getting out of a woman’s body.

    I thought liberals cared about women’s health.

    • dxsmopuim

      I thought liberals cared about women’s health.
      Only when it buys them votes. After the election , not so much.

    • journogal

      Liberals care more about women’s votes.

    • nodhimmi

      I know right?

  • John

    This could be a bloody battle.

  • The Marathon Man

    OK, THAT does it!!! I want my VIAGRA for free, and hell, while you’re at it gimme some free BEANO to go with it!!! That is all…..

  • spaceycakes

    ‘accessible’? what? these bleeding females can’t find paper products everywhere they look? There’s probably some next to your crack pipe you slattern

  • CrystalDawn0603

    Cuz that kind of stuff is suuuper expensive.

  • JenniferP

    Stop! Just STOP!

  • nodhimmi

    Oh for the love of Pete! Is nothing sacred anymore? So stupid!

  • sizemorew

    Oh for the love of God, progressives, my gender is not this pathetic! I can pick up pads from any corner store, gas station restroom, grocery store, or just about any store ending in “mart”. I can even order them online and have them sent to my door. As for cost, you don’t need to buy the really fancy pads or tampons. The gas station restroom ones only cost a quarter. Go buy a pack of those same types if you’re trying to save money.

    This whole thing is the “pink tax” BS in different clothing.

  • whateverdear

    Actually, they won’t be free, just tax free. FSA accounts are pre-tax personal income a person puts aside for prescriptions/medical items so they will be paying for the tampons out of their own saved money, minus the state/federal tax that’s been unduly imposed on them.

    As a conservative, less taxes is okay with me.

    • JunkMonkey

      Be that as it may, the tweets were of people saying they should be free, not just tax free. I’m okay with reduced taxes for all, but the twits above weren’t saying that. Funny, the last one was saying that there should be free products where there are already free products (at least where I live)!

      • whateverdear

        Well, Tampax and Always are factories and you can’t have $15/hour for workers making a product that is dependent on some sort of half-assed non-market government cheese pricing for their goods. Not to mention the distribution nightmare.

        They need to make up their damned minds. The world is not a candy store.

        • JunkMonkey

          Agreed.

  • HiltonHead_Dude

    I think toilet paper should be free, because I’m being punished for being a consistent shitter. I eat, I shit. I’m being persecuted because I have great bowels, whereas other people who are constipated have an easier time in life.

    I’m being punished, and I need special status, and I want people who are constipated to pay for my bowels, so I can use the money for more food.

  • JunkMonkey

    Toilet paper should be free! Food should be free! Houses with fenced-in back yards should be free! Clothes should be free! Sex lube should be free! Sexual PARTNERS should be provided for free! Cars should be free! All of these are necessities, right?

  • Girl who talks with her eyes
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  • DeplorableCats4all✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Here we go again, the ‘I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar’ crowd apparently isn’t even equal to paying for their own feminine products.

    Why don’t they do as our grandmothers did and use folded cloths specially kept aside for that purpose?

    Feminist: A woman who wants to be treated like a man, except when she wants to be treated like a woman.

    Isn’t it ironic that these women are begging the men in Washington for free stuff?

  • RememberSekhmet

    I’ll be waaay politically incorrect, but right: The reason most places ask for a modest fee per pad or tampon is because women carry purses. A basket of free menstrual supplies would be emptied into someone’s purse in no time—and not the purse of someone who can’t afford their own. The reason condoms don’t have this problem is that the norm is for men to carry them, and most men don’t carry a bag in which it would be appropriate to dump personal supplies.

    • DeplorableCats4all✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      A napkin or tampon is still a quarter in any restroom dispenser.

      Good Lord-only a QUARTER, and for as long as I can remember.

      • RememberSekhmet

        Yes, and unless you are just fresh from the laundromat, you should not have enough quarters on you to empty the machine

        • DeplorableCats4all✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          I scarcely remember to take change for the parking meter…and thankfully no longer have to worry about vending machines. 😛

  • tverle

    What is wrong with these people?!

  • Joan Carsey

    Can we please request free handkerchiefs for men (big red ones – for easy identification) because men seem to have a disproportionate amount of secretions from their nasal and buccal cavities?

  • Zach Smith

    When Bernie Sanders becomes President, lots of things will be “free”. But not to worry, he has promised that he won’t raise federal income taxes above 90%.

  • Chuck Hobbs

    LOL, showing their stupidity. Flex-Spending Accounts aren’t free. It is just money that the EMPLOEE pays into pre-tax. They would just be saving the income taxes, not getting free stuff.
    Anyway, if it was free, I already have to pay for my wife’s, why should I pay for theirs as well?

  • Chuck Hobbs

    They are good enough to go to combat, but not to pay for their own tampons?

  • Yup

    The push to make tampons free to America’s women and all liberal males.

    • Girl who talks with her eyes

      Do we get to vote on which orifice they put them into?

  • Hashtag pundit

    Will they also be free for men who identify as women…you know: for their pretend periods? Can’t single them out you know.

  • Gibson

    If I can’t tell you what to do with your vagina then I don’t have to pay to maintain your vagina.

  • Gibson

    If I can’t tell you what to do with your vadge then I don’t have to pay to maintain your vadge. Sorry had to use a crude term since the correct one is blocked.

  • PunditOutpost

    Yes Tampons are free… Just go to Planned Parenthood!