So before I start off this blog post let me just start by saying this is in no way shape or form directed at any-one-person-being. This is simply me expressing my feelings and thoughts on this subject and for anyone reading just to give you an insight on how I feel from a woman’s perspective.
Here goes.. so as many of you may know (if you didn’t) you do now.. there’s been a recent hot topic around women’s feminine products and the LGBTQ community. It started off when “Always” which is a brand owned by P&G decided to make their feminine hygiene products more inclusive for all trans/non-binary people.
A lot of people didn’t mind, some people were angry, a few were supportive and others were confused.
Although the trans/non-binary people make a good point of why they felt they deserved inclusivity on a self proclaimed “feminine product” and it is totally understandable from a mental and physical point of view let me share with you a few points as to why it is not okay for me.
It’s one thing trying to morph yourself into something you believe you are but it is quite another trying to morph a whole brand into buying your shit! Being a woman is more than just bleeding once a month, and I’m sure most trans-men agree as their argument is they can’t truly be themselves because they menstruate. Take a read of this and let talk!
So .. I’m trying to find the words to put together what I’m thinking but the truth is I’m raging. So for this person menstruation will be a reminder of how their body will never be the way they want it to be, maybe because your DNA will always remain female no matter what you cut off your body. Just how a trans-woman will always genetically be male no matter how much makeup they wear, genetic makeup stays the same.
This might be a hard pill to swallow but it’s the truth so face it. There’s ways to create inclusivity without be discriminative to everyone else the same way you didn’t ask to have a period or be female, actual females didn’t get asked if our feminine products can be inclusive.
I am a fan of always and considered them the best brand of sanitary towels I’ve used but feel hurt that they would think this is acceptable because their number one priority has always been to empower women, and promote these “feminine” products so are we to assume soon there won’t be lovely flowers or pink tones on the packaging now because it’s offensive to people who don’t like pink? Or that they will now be referred to as “people products”
Well guess what I am not a people, I am a woman. I love my pink/floral packaged pads and I did not choose to have my feminine hygiene product cater for everyone because they aren’t for everyone.
A period is such a sacred and private time in a young girls life as well as adults, now imagine being a young teen again trying to figure out all these bodily changes but also having to pick the inclusive pads so you aren’t offending people with your period! If you don’t choose to be a woman then that’s on you but do not make me feel like I need my private time publicly inclusive because it’s inconvenient for you!
I in-fact love my period with all its negatives and annoying things it’s remind me my body is functioning as it should! And how I want it to and I love being a part of this little period club (not an actual club) us girls always have! Where we can talk about experiences so openly no matter how gruesome lol! And I feel like this has been taken away now because if the pad has become inclusive and a period is for everybody then it’s not something special anymore, it’s not my superpower anymore.
By making everything inclusive it’s slowly erasing everything natural to a woman but also enabling these people to behave in ways they choose and we just have to accept it?
So If you don’t identify as female then why not be innovative and create your own gender neutral pad, gender neutral panties and rename “menstruation” to “bloodstruation” since it has the word men in it so maybe it’s not the pads at all maybe the period isn’t inclusive? So what next? A complaint email to God?
I’ve wanted to sound off on this topic for a while now and honestly this is my opinion and will always remain the same. Until you can figure out what you are without labelling yourself as an unidentifiable being, don’t try to make yourself feel better by gaining momentum and purpose by neutralising human nature, and eradicating the right to a woman’s feminine product to remain for women!
A period is a period, a woman is a woman.