As Twitchy reported back in October, Procter & Gamble had announced it was going to remove the “Venus” symbol (this thing: ♀︎) from Always sanitary pads starting in 2020 so as not to exclude trans men. Men’s access to feminine hygiene products is still a problem though, and NBC News decided to take a look beyond the menstrual cramps and examine some of the other pains associated with men’s periods, including the psychological and financial.
For transgender men, pain of menstruation is more than just physical. https://t.co/iYYXmP6SwE
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 11, 2020
Chloe Atkins reports:
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, founder of Period Equity, which advocates for affordable and accessible menstruation products, said, “Anyone who menstruates needs to be part of the discussion and decision-making about their own health and well-being.”
The hurdles some trans men and gender-nonconforming people who menstruate say they face include the high cost of period supplies, lack of access to the products, safety concerns and inadequate medical care.
Wait, the high cost of period supplies? Atkins continues:
A box of 36 tampons, which could easily be used within one menstruation period, could cost as much as $12 — that’s significantly more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Additionally, menstrual hygiene products sold in the U.S. are still subject to sales tax in 32 states.
It’s funny that the only thing liberals don’t want to tax is tampons, so-called “tampon justice.” He’s out of the 2020 race, but on National Period Day, Julián Castro remembered those who have to choose between work and tampons with a tweet.
Does it count if I laughed so hard I got a cramp?
— Mr. Fug8 (@thefug8) January 11, 2020
The transgender movement is the ultimate slap in the face to women. Men won't even give them the awesome honor it is to be the fairer and most noble sex. Everything a woman has that makes her unique and special men will rob from them to belittle it.
— Jonathan Materne (@JonathanMatern2) January 11, 2020
I am a feminist and a liberal. This is neither. This is true of every female who has ever gotten her first period. “When transgender model and activist Kenny Ethan Jones experienced his first period, he faced both physical and psychological pain.”
— WTF Forever! (@cldala) January 11, 2020
It’s an uncomfortable reminder of reality pic.twitter.com/SezktJtP90
— Guns & Bacon (@bacon_guns) January 11, 2020
"It's the deep subconscious reminder that you'll never actually be a man that's the most painful."
— Medicine Man (@Medman84) January 11, 2020
Anyone with a menstruating father knows how awful it is.
— Joe Lukas (@JosephLukas1776) January 11, 2020
Wait until they experience their first prostate exam…
— Fred (@FredRevived) January 11, 2020
This is very confusing. Is it a woman that became a man? If so why is a woman getting a period a news story?
— Mike Banger (@LVBanger) January 11, 2020
Pro science ?
— Stinky T. Cat (@stinkytcat1) January 11, 2020
Just stop it NBC
— Gender fluid AT-AT (@therealsamuelje) January 11, 2020
WTF is wrong with you people to even report this ?
— Z N (@fitziegob) January 11, 2020
What the f? This is news?#GodBlessAmerica
— Fred who loves USA (@tdflowsmart) January 11, 2020
The biggest news of the day at NBC.
— The Freedom Tribune (@TribuneFreedom) January 11, 2020
I knew once men got periods it would be a "woe is me" sad story.
— Lisa Walsh (@lwalshmill) January 11, 2020
1st world problems lol
— AmericanHorse (@shadowbannedgem) January 11, 2020
Men are stealing our period pain. Feminists … YOU did this.
— ??????ProudDeplorable (@ShelAM2018) January 12, 2020
Pretty soon women….you know the ones who were born female and recognized and live life as females…would lose everything….because it will be offensive for not sharing with those who think or feel that they are a female…??♀️
— Dawn King (@dawnone7540) January 11, 2020
Suck it up. Women face these issues most of their lives. Puberty, menstruation, premenopause, menopause. All this comes w/physical, emotional,& psychological pain. women don’t go around crying & acting helpless physically or emotionally. They deal with it because they have to.
— Lorac Diaz (@lorac_diaz) January 11, 2020
Everything is STUPID.
— Queequeg (@ClearlySily) January 11, 2020
This is 1 of the dumbest articles I've read. I tried to be open minded about the trans plight, but the dude is having issues because the tampon box is geared towards females ?♂️ and the price of lady products? Sweet lord, grant me serenity.
— Omar S (@omar_sX3) January 11, 2020
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 19, 2019