Fuck the Pink Tax – Tampons should be free.
If there is a bowl of free condoms, shouldn’t there be a bowl of free tampons? Men can choose to have sex, whereas women have no choice in getting their period. Is the pink tax real? Yes, yes it is.
But, the problem of the pink tax goes deeper than the cost of a tampon.
Women have been paying a higher price not just monetarily, by psychologically as well. So let’s address the real issue: the astounding level of stigma surrounding a woman’s period.
How did we get to the point where showing a tampon string in a photo is taboo? When did men receive the right to tell us that our emotions are invalid because we have our period? Why have we been shamed for having a cycle that allows us to create life?
I am sure you have felt the mortification of not having a tampon at some point in your life. The embarrassment you felt as you asked the stranger in the bathroom if they had a tampon. The surge of relief you felt when she didn’t sneer at you, but instead smiled and reached into her clutch to pull out that golden tampon. The anxiety you felt as she proceeds to stealthily hand off the tampon to you as if it were a drug.
As a result of our period being blacklisted, women have created this secret ‘period’ society.
We hide the fact that we must go change our tampons. We talk in hushed tones about our ‘time of the month’ and avoid activities like swimming lest we have the mortifying experience of a tampon string hanging out. And don’t you EVER ask a girl about the size of her tampon, because if it’s anything more than regular you might be implying that she is ‘loose’ (rather than simply having a heavy flow).
The systemic issues run deeper. Women have been forced to power through debilitating cramps and go to work because ‘my uterus is tearing me apart from the inside’ isn’t a valid sick-day excuse. We apologize to our partners for not having sex because THEY are too grossed out by the blood. We ignore our cycle and force ourselves into masculine energy where mood, energy, creativity, productivity levels do not fluctuate.
Enough is enough. It is time to stop walking on eggshells when it comes to our period. Let’s go a step further and toss out the tampon culture completely.
We do not need toxic products that cost us a fortune. Our power move is to replace tampons with a product that celebrates our period and our bodies instead.
The celebratory product: NIXIT.
NIXIT is a menstrual cup that, if all goes to plan, I will use to change the world of periods.
A massive statement, but hear me out.
I will be writing the ‘NIXIT Series’ where I document my entire journey from buying my first menstrual cup (a NIXIT), the experience of using it, and the crazy questions I am asked about it.
Through massive exposure and relentless, unfiltered conversation, I aim to achieve two things:
1. To remove the stigma around periods.
2. To promote a product that is better not only for your body but the environment.
Sound good? I think so.
So, what next?
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If you want to get a NIXIT: click here.
SIDE NOTE: there are other options. You could purchase a diva cup, for example. The recommendation I am offering is based on my personal experience and feedback I’ve been given from other women who have used menstrual cups.
For more information and pink tax examples, check out this 2021 article: