It’s unbelievable that this happens in the US. While it’s unacceptable that it happens all over the world, it’s understandable. If you’re dirt poor and have to choose between feeding yourself or buying tampons or sanitary pads, it’s a no-brainer. I think this is a brilliant idea and shameful that it’s taken a teenager to really push something like this to the forefront.
A female-bodied person’s period is natural. It’s something that has happened since the dawn of time, and without it, none of us would exist. And yet its importance, and its destigmatization, isn’t always valued by society as a whole. Most states still tax women on a product they need to function; girls in third world countries often miss school and ultimately drop out because supplies are not provided to them while menstruating; and women are at risk of losing access to basic reproductive rights based on President-elect Trump’s promises to defund Planned Parenthood.