As a woman I don’t have much experience with the inside of a men’s bathroom, but I’m gonna guess there’s at least one item prevalent in the ladies’ room that isn’t seen in the mens’ – tampons.
At least, until now.
According to Brown University, tampons are now a “genderless necessity,” and they will be providing tampons in both the men’s and women’s restrooms across the university this year.
Brown University student president Viet Nguyen said this initiative is designed to educate students that both men and women have periods.
“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,” he wrote in an email to the student body.
He said the initiative will help “low-income students [who] struggle with having the necessary funding for food, let alone tampons,” as well as “set a tone of trans-inclusivity” that lets trans people know they are “an important part of the population.”
The initiative is being funded exclusively by the Brown University Undergraduate Finance Board, a fund designed to improve the undergraduate student experience. That makes sense – I’m sure “bleeding men” make up quite a significant portion of the student population.
Nguyen said he did expect there to be some push back from students and faculty who do not approve of the initiative or the dubious use of funds, but added that people would come to understand and accept the decision after having it explained.
If those people are like me, I wouldn’t count on it.