Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti kicked off the week with a provocative argument: In order to reduce the financial and social burden menstruation puts on women, “women’s feminine hygiene products should be free for all, all the time.” For those of us who can easily afford tampons and sanitary pads, this might seem like a silly idea, but, as Valenti points out, for women living in “countries where sanitary products are inaccessible or unaffordable,” the lack of access means missing work or school, getting infections from reusing the same rags without cleaning them, and even dropping out of school because your period causes you to fall so far behind in your studies. But while that’s more of a problem in developing countries, even in places like the United States, the high price of tampons means “some women resort to selling their food stamps in order to pay for ‘luxuries’ like tampons.” [Read more]

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