When students at Brown University head to their first class or hit the gym for their first workout this week, they’ll find something new in many campus bathrooms: free tampons and pads. Brown’s student body president, Viet Nguyen, who’s pushed the student-led initiative, will be hand-delivering menstrual products into all nonresidential bathrooms with the help of 20 other students…
….By putting menstrual products in women’s, men’s and gender-inclusive bathrooms, Nguyen’s campaign highlights an often-ignored fact: Not all people who menstruate are women. “We wanted to set a tone of trans-inclusivity, and not forget that they’re an important part of the population,” he says. “I’d be naïve to say there won’t be push back. 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.”
Since we know males are physiologically impossible to menstruate, the only other thing I can come up where the term menstruation is applied to males is the aftermath of anal rape in prison where the convicts jokingly refer to the bleeding that occurs as menstruation. Is Mr. Nguyen insinuating that anal rape occurs frequently at Brown’s and goes unreported?
About the only advantage I see is that “menstrual products” like tampons and pads make for field expedient dressings in case of a mass casualty situation.