This is bloody ridiculous.
Viet Nguyen, President of the Undergraduate Council of Students at Brown University has announced an initiative to get the message out that “that not all people who menstruate are women.”
In a campus-wide email he explained his reasoning, “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.”
He added that, “low-income students struggle with having the necessary funding for food, let alone tampons.”
So, by putting tampons in men's washrooms, Nguyen is aiming to “set a tone of trans-inclusivity, and not forget that they’re an important part of the population.”
In the real world, the actual number of trans individuals is so small calling then an “important part of the population” would be considered a joke.
He admitted that not everyone would be okay with the idea. “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.”
In an interview with Newsweek he said that menstrual products will be available in approximately 30 to 40 bathrooms across campus for the 2016–2017 school year. They will be funded exclusively by the undergraduate finance board.