Aunt Flo is one annoying house guest. She’s uncomfortable to be around, messy, and pretty expensive to host. Women are painfully aware (pun intended) of the side effects that come with menstruating, and no… we aren’t talking about the physical side. Ladies of the world spend upwards of $70 a year on essential sanitary products like tampons and pads. If you include pain management costs like hot pads, Midol, and the occasional chocolate bar, you’re looking at a $100 dollar bill, just for dealing with what mother nature gave us!
If you think that is ludicrous, sanitary products are taxed as luxury items, AKA “products not considered essential” like cigarettes, boats, furs, and jewelry. This summer, Canada made history when its Parliament voted unanimously to eliminate a national tax on menstrual products and the United States is currently fighting that same battle. Sounds like common sense, right?
Well, not everyone agrees. A self-proclaimed “meninist” sparked fury this week after going on an anti-tampon rant during which he suggest that women should just learn to “control their bladders”.
It’s All About Control
Last week, Ryan Williams probably wasn’t planning to make a complete fool of himself in front of the entire world… but thank god for the internet right? In a utterly naive tweet, Ryan wrote how women who want tax-free tampons should just “hold their bladders” and that if they “are going to bleed then they should wait until they get to the toilet.”
Not even kidding.
Gotta Close Those Legs!
He continued to write, “I don’t urinate everywhere and expect free nappies. I don’t think condoms should be free either. Close your legs and hold your bladder end of discussion.”
Obviously, his entire Twitter feed began sharing the Tweet and criticizing his ignorance. When we first heard about this story, we thought Ryan was trolling us all of us but after reading through some interviews, we now know he is really just that stupid.
When Roisin Lanigan of thetab.com asked to explain more about his opinion, he responded, “I think the tampon tax is ridiculous. Tampons are not a necessity. It’s like bottled water – people are trying to keep bottled water in business. But it’s the same thing as with tampons, it’s an unnecessary product. Just hold your bladder.”
The interviewer then clarified the shocking fact that periods actually don’t come from the bladder to which Ryan responded, “Sorry, what?”