Tampons are now a genderless necessity, according to Brown University, who have announced that they will be providing tampons for both men’s and women’s bathrooms across the university this academic year.
The tampons will be delivered to bathrooms by the university’s student president, Viet Nguyen, as well as 20 volunteers, with Nguyen claiming the initiative is a means of educating students that men menstruate as well as women.It's really sad that in this day and age, I can't tell if this is an alt-right prank or wacko political correctness. Mainstream media from Breitbart to USA Today and The Washington Post are reporting it as a straight story,
In an email to the student body, Nguyen said, “There’s been a lot of conversation about why pads and tampons are a necessity, not a luxury, but not a lot of action. We wanted to take it into our own hands.”...
The tampons will be funded exclusively by the Brown University Undergraduate Finance Board, a fund designed to improve the undergraduate student experience.
Nguyen and the student volunteers were consequently congratulated by Brown’s Director of News and Editorial Development, Brian Clark, who praised their “tremendous initiative” in a statement to Campus Reform.
“We expect that UCS will continue to solicit feedback on this new initiative and collect data on the use of these products,” adding that the university administration “will be interested to learn what they find as they assess the effectiveness of the program moving forward.”
From The Washington Post:
At midninght the day before fall classes began at Brown University, Viet Nguyen and six other student government representatives crept through campus, looking for bathrooms.
In their hands they held small baskets of feminine hygiene products to stash inside, name-brand tampons and sanitary pads that the next day students would be encouraged to take and use, all free.
They hit 30 buildings and an estimated 70 bathrooms — men’s, women’s and gender-neutral — in two hours.
“We were really efficient,” Nguyen told The Washington Post early Friday. “It was kind of fun.”...
The launch comes on the heels of a months-long effort, organized mostly online between UCS [Undergraduate Council of Students ]executive board members scattered across the country for the summer. They allocated funds in their budget, provided by the Undergraduate Finance Board, and talked logistics with university officials.
Tuesday, the day before classes resumed, Nguyen, a senior studying education policy, sent a letter to the student body, notifying them of the new program....
Nguyen, for his part, said the decision was not about redefining who does and doesn’t biologically menstruate. The UCS simply wanted to promote an environment of transgender-inclusivity.
In the letter to the student body, Nguyen wrote that the executive board hopes “to set a more inclusive standard for this issue moving forward, both in terms of the language used and how future initiatives will be implemented, keeping in mind that menstruation is experienced by more than just those who identify as women and that not all people who identify as women menstruate.”