Campus Reform: Brown University’s student body president will be hand-delivering menstrual products to all nonresidential bathrooms on campus, including men’s rooms, with the help of 20 other students. Viet Nguyen, President of the Undergraduate Council of Students, announced the initiative in a campus-wide email Tuesday, saying he wants to communicate the message that not all people who menstruate are women, according to Newsweek.
“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,” Nguyen explains in the email, observing that “low-income students struggle with having the necessary funding for food, let alone tampons.”
By putting menstrual products in women’s, men’s, and gender-inclusive bathrooms, Nguyen aims to “set a tone of trans-inclusivity, and not forget that they’re an important part of the population,” but is under no illusions that the effort will be universally popular.
“I’d be naïve to say there won’t be push back,” he preemptively concedes. “I’ve had questions about why we’re implementing this in male bathrooms as well. It’s an initial confusion, but people generally understand when we explain it.”
Nguyen told Newsweek that menstrual products will be available in approximately 30 to 40 bathrooms across campus for the 2016–2017 school year, financed exclusively by the undergraduate finance board, rather than general university funds.
“Why aren’t these products treated the same way as other products we hand out, like toilet paper?” he pondered in an interview with The Guardian. “It’s a necessity, rather than a luxury, so Brown and other universities should treat them as such.”
The fact that this is happening at Brown is the least surprising part of this story. Brown is easily in the top 5 for worst SJW’s in the country. Here’s some fun things these social justice warriors have done in the name of fighting oppression on campus:
- Protested the fact that they had to do homework because it interfered with their protesting and gave them anxiety.
- Demanding that professors cancel finals because they were too preoccupied with staying alive on campus.
- Demanding that the school newspaper stop publishing articles that hurt people’s feelings, because the first amendment wasn’t created to hurt people’s feelings.
- Protested a graduate student hippie for holding a performance on campus that included Hindu music and meditation, because it was cultural appropriation.
- When Jewish students had a black transgender woman come to speak on campus, protesters demanded “she” not be able to speak because Israel (a Jewish country) is oppressive towards Palestinians and transgenders, and thus inviting the speaker was a sham that was meant to mask Israel’s racism.
So yea, this is not surprising at all. When I first saw the headline that an Ivy League school is gonna start putting free tampons in the men’s room, I was like, “wow, that’s pretty crazy.” But when you think about it, it’s really just par for the course. I mean, we have no choice but at accept the fact that anyone who says they are a man, is indeed a man, and anyone who says they are a woman, is indeed a woman. It doesn’t matter if they get boners, or bleed for five days straight once a month, or if they like Nickelback. You are whatever gender you say you are, and you take dumps in whatever bathroom you want to. Naturally then this is gonna mean that “men” are gonna start menstruating. Because you can declare that you’re a man all you want, but ultimately biology is gonna disagree with that, and biology is always gonna win. Just get used to it. The PC police have won the bathroom fight. It’s over. Just embrace the tampons in the men’s room and move on with your life.
My beef with the fact that they’re free. This isn’t Goddamn Worcester State. It’s Brown. It costs a lot of money to go to Brown. People who go there are not poor. They men who go there can buy their own freaking tampons. That’s my big beef with this. The never ending list of things that are “rights” and “necessities.” Because once things become “rights” and “necessities” it means other people have to start paying for your shit. See “healthcare is a right” for more information on that.
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