Sunday, September 25, 2016

Brown University To Stock Men's Bathrooms With Menstrual Products

                 That historic Ivy League stalwart, Brown University,  is in the vanguard in its response to the fundamental change the Obama Administration has brought to America’s bathrooms. Viet Nguyen, the school’s Undergraduate Council of Students President, recently announced that the august educational institution’s student body president and 20 other young scholars would be hand-delivering menstrual products to all nonresidential bathrooms on campus, including men’s rooms. According to Newsweek, Nguyen wants to get the message out that not all people who menstruate are women. Nguyen further stated, via a campus-wide email: “Feminine hygiene products are not a luxury. They’re as essential as toilet paper. 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. Low income students struggle with having the necessary funding for food, let alone tampons.”
                According to, Nguyen aims to “set a tone of trans-inclusivity, and not forget that they’re an important part of the population.” Yes, a vital 0.3 percent of the population. At most. And what percentage of those are women who identify as men? Are there even one in a thousand? Doubtful, as more than two-thirds of transgenders are men who claim to identify as women. Vastly more than one in a thousand Americans have digestive issues and intestinal disorders, but I don’t see any Tums dispensers or acid-reflux medication in public restrooms.
                As for the “Not all people who menstruate are women” bon mot, that is demonstrably untrue. Not all women menstruate, but everyone who menstruates is a woman, by definition. You know, “the cycle,” eggs, vagina, womb, etc. And “Feminine hygiene products are not a luxury?” I don’t know anyone who disagrees with that. But when “feminine” hygiene products are freely and anonymously dispensed in men’s bathrooms, that is an unnecessary squandering of funds that could be put to better use elsewhere.
                If not all of the people who menstruate are women, then, obviously, not all of those who inseminate women are men. And, if that is the case, if “men” are menstruating and “women” are impregnating them, language- and rationality- have no meaning and chaos will reign. There will not be a “new world order,” there will be no order at all. In a sense, nothing would matter.

                And when the broken-hearted people
                Living in the world agree
                There will be an answer, let it bleed
                And though they may be parted there is
                Still a chance that they will see
                There will be an answer, let it bleed

                Let it bleed, let it bleed
                Let it bleed, let it bleed.
                Yeah there will be an answer, let it bleed.

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