With Obamacare all but guaranteeing free contraception for women, it was inevitable that free tampons would soon follow.
And rightly so according to feminist Jessica Valenti, the director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, who’s looking to become the Sandra Fluke of feminine hygiene products.
In a column published last week, Valenti says that “women’s feminine hygiene products should be free for all, all the time.”
“The high cost of a product that half the population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply, well, bullshit,” Valenti wrote.
She tells of how low-income women in the United States must “resort to selling their food stamps in order to pay for ‘luxuries’ like tampons.”
But even though she bemoans the cost of feminine hygiene products, Valenti claims it’s “less an issue of costliness than it is of principle: menstrual care is health care, and should be treated as such.”
A familiar argument made by those who also insist that abortion be considered “reproductive healthcare.”
To support her argument, Valenti falls back on the United Nations and Human Rights Watch, who link feminine hygiene with “human rights.” But then, the U.N. says water is also a human right — a fortuitous declaration for Detroit residents who’ve neglected to pay their water bill.
To spur discussion, Valenti turned to Twitter last week to ask where tampons are free, prompting some interesting responses:
Twitter friends: Anyone know a country where tampons are free or somehow subsidized?
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) August 8, 2014
Why must everything be subsidized? https://t.co/qUZNA7FT61
— Rachel Veronica (@rachelveronica) August 8, 2014
— TEA PARTARIAN (@rogertvandamme) August 8, 2014
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