One in 10 girls cant afford sanitary napkins: when necessities become their luxury

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 One in 10 girls cant afford sanitary napkins: when necessities become their luxury


At the same time, loose sanitary napkins has become a hot search. All of a sudden, it turns out that there are women who cant afford sanitary napkins?

Some netizens found that there were sanitary napkins in bulk on the Internet, only 21.99 yuan for 100 pieces. Others warned, how dare you buy such a cheap Sanwu product? After all, its for private use. Youd better buy something with a brand.

Here are some replies: life is hard and I have difficulties.

People pay attention to this news as if they have discovered a new continent. In fact, there are already some online stores selling sanitary napkins in bulk on Taobao platform. Most of them sell 200-300 pieces of sanitary napkins every month, and there are nearly 800 items with more comments. This shows that there have been many customers for bulk sanitary napkins. We dont think it is standard and hygienic (whether it is really unhygienic is still doubtful), but many people still buy them out of economic considerations.

Women generally have a period of about 40 years. Assuming an average of 5 days per month, 6 tablets per day, 40 years x 12, X5 days, X6 tablets, which is equivalent to 2400 days of a womans life in menstrual period, about 15000 sanitary napkins are used. The BBC has launched a menstrual spending calculator. The calculator concludes that if a 55 year old woman starts menstruating at the age of 12, she will spend 1604.52 pounds on sanitary products in her lifetime, which is nearly 14627 yuan.

Source: BBC menstrual spending calculator

All kinds of netizens discussions are magnificent. Some people say, why dont you use a five dollar bag of little nurses? Five yuan is too expensive? Dont live if you cant. Some people say that you dont want to use imported products, just buy domestic brands. What domestic brands also feel expensive? Also said, why do you think sanitary napkins are expensive and not worth it, and that college living expenses are not enough? No one cant really afford sanitary napkins, cant they.

Even, the former chairman of Maotai responded that young people did not drink Maotai: it was that they did not grow up. It seems that its not normal to drink an extra bottle of wine for 2000. If you dont drink it, its because its too young and the taste is not cultivated. Thats not true. Not only some people cant afford Maotai, but also some people cant really afford sanitary napkins. Twenty or thirty yuan per month is not a small amount for them.

According to relevant statistics, as of 2019, 40 million women in the world are experiencing menstrual poverty. Menstrual poverty refers to the fact that women are unable to obtain the basic materials for health management during physiological period due to backward concepts, menstrual tax and poverty. In many countries in the world, womens physiological products do not enjoy the same low tax rate as other basic daily necessities. China is one of them.

A survey of 1000 young women aged 14-21 years conducted by plan international in 2017 also showed that one in 10 girls could not afford menstrual hygiene products, and 19% of girls switched to unsuitable sanitary products due to price.

Menstrual taboo and menstrual disgrace

Why cant this problem be taken seriously? Because its only for women. Under the position that the whole world is established by male chauvinism, things that have nothing to do with them are pretended not to exist. Men know horribly little about menstruation, even though they have a mother, wife or daughter. Even some people think that only four or five sanitary napkins a month, a few months to use up a package, what kind of love do women make? Not to mention the dysmenorrhea and so on.

In history, most places had the tradition of menstrual taboo and menstrual disgrace, which still exists in many places. How do you think the Chinese words Stinky woman and Stinky woman come from? This is the aversion to menstrual women, which brings about the whole misogyny. Women cant participate in sacrifice. The first excuse is that women are dirty; in ancient times, womens menstrual hygiene cant be solved, so they cant be clean and safe, which has become an important reason to deprive them of going out, studying and working.

In Nepal and other places still exist menstruation room, menstrual women will be driven to a very small, dilapidated hut, no ventilation, no drainage, no heating, and no nutritious food is allowed because you are dirty.

The other half of the sky, a book by pulp news prize winners Nicolas Christophe and Shirley Dunn, talks about the global aid programs of some charities. Among them, one of the ways to increase the enrollment rate of girls is to help them deal with their physiological problems. African girls can only use old cloth to deal with their physiological period and reuse it. The girl is worried that menstrual blood leakage will damage her face. During her physiological period, she stays at home and cant go to school. Rescue workers found that distributing tampons to African girls and building toilets for them to replace could effectively improve the attendance rate of middle school girls.

Photo source: Hong Kong Economic Daily, poor girls in Africa can only sit on the sand and secretly bury their blood without cloth

Sanitary napkin

However, in fact, there are more difficulties than expected. P & G has donated different health products for free distribution in Africa. When formulating the program, it is found that many schools do not have toilets, and donors are not allowed to build toilets with tap water in schools. Then found that the local menstrual blood taboo, girls can not put used sanitary napkins in the garbage can. They have to make special regulations for the disposal of sanitary napkins and even build incinerators for the distribution of used sanitary products. The cost is greatly increased.

its too hard. But some of the girls are able to go to school.

In fact, there are many problems like girls in poor areas of China. There are also some donation programs for these girls, including the donation of sanitary napkins.

China still has different pay for equal work. Working womens income is only 66% of that of men (World Economic Forums global gender equality report). However, women have to pay extra for sanitary napkins. It is different from the comparison of many mens why there is no price reduction in sneakers / airplane cups / clothes / betrothal gifts, which is equivalent to rice for women and is a necessity.

For women, whether they can handle the physiological period with dignity is not a trivial personal problem, but a matter of whether women can enter the society and become a social person. For a society, it is also a major issue of whether half of the human beings in this society can go out of the door and study, work and socialize normally.

But it was not taken seriously. Menstrual poverty still exists in the life of poor women for a long time.

The double crushed menstruation

At present, Chinas sanitary napkins are still the highest in the consumption tax: 13%. As a result, many people called for tax exemption. There are many examples to refer to. Britain, New Zealand and other countries have tax reduction or free collection policies for sanitary napkins. In July 2018, the Indian government announced the abolition of the 12% tax on womens health products. I see some data from India on the Internet: some womens rights groups in India estimate that about 80% of women in India do not have sanitary napkins available during their menstrual period; and sushta Duff, a member of Parliament who called for the government to reduce the sanitary napkin tax, believes that 70% of women cant afford sanitary napkins. Amar tolstein, founder of the niine movement, thinks the figure is 82%.

Indian police distribute sanitary napkins to women

Chinas data may be slightly better, but judging from the income of 600 million people is below 1000 yuan, it is not optimistic. However, their needs will not be highlighted, let alone discussed.

On the other hand, women also have physical shame and menstrual taboo, which is a very dirty thing, do not mention it. Having menstruation is a disgrace. Girls themselves hate to hide the fact that there is a physiological period, then this society is tacitly pretending that this problem does not need to be considered.

Picture source: sadness against the current into a river

Remember when you went to school? Girls take sanitary napkins to the toilet, like a thief, looking around for fear of being found. The girls also had to cover each other so that the sisters could not be found holding sanitary napkins. Even, a common way to bully a girl is to find out the sanitary napkin in her schoolbag and advertise it, which is tantamount to insulting her. u2014u2014Its like treating menstruation as a shame. Born to be a woman, why shame?

There are many articles on microblog about being bullied by campus because of menstruation

As for sanitary napkins bought in convenience stores, they will give you intimate use of black plastic bags; sanitary napkin advertisements uniformly require that red liquid should not be used, so that some little boys may wonder that their menstruation is sky blue Its also an expression of menstrual shame.

Women try to hide their born as women characteristics, hoping that no one will notice her feminine attributes, do not ask for any requirements. However, this will not make the society and men who occupy the mainstream power more respect; on the contrary, in work and life, they will belittle you with you are a woman, refuse to give you job opportunities, and ask you to engage in free housework; however, for womens natural physiological characteristics and needs, they pretend that they do not exist, pretending that women do not have these needs.

Source: the bankrupt sisters

its too hard.

Breaking this physiological taboo and physical shame can start with a positive recognition of menstruation.

Hou Hongbin

The bankrupt sisters

Personal views do not represent platform positions.