Editor’s Note on Daily Bruin ‘Free Tampons’ Blog Post Stirs Buzz: Respectful or Overly PC?

In a new blog post for The Daily Bruin at UCLA, columnist Zoey Freedman calls for tampons and other feminine hygiene products to be distributed by the government for free or greatly reduced prices to help women who “lack access to even the most essential health products.”

As she argues, “Women are still facing unequal treatment when it comes to health care and are paying out of pocket for necessary female health products, particularly tampons and pads. It’s about time that the federal government recognizes that even the most basic health care needs to start subsidizing the cost of tampons and pads for women, or covering the cost completely.”

While the piece itself has already accrued more than 75 online comments, it’s the italicized editor’s note run atop it that is garnering some attention in the Twitter-sphere. A few critics are calling it “crazy” or overly PC in respect to issues of gender identity.

Here’s the note, run atop the blog: “This blog post refers to individuals who menstruate as women because the author wanted to highlight gender inequality in health care. We acknowledge that not all individuals who menstruate identify as women and that not all individuals who identify as women menstruate, but feel this generalization is appropriate considering the gendered nature of most health care policies.”

What do you think? I’ve reached out to Freedman for comment.

Comments are closed.