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

 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?

Bulk sanitary napkins in hot search

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.

Its not a small expense.

Source: BBC menstrual spending calculator

Many people seem to have been living in Zhihu, who has just got off the plane in the United States, with a per capita Harvard salary of one million yuan a year, or in the microblog that as long as you are willing to work, you can work as a courier or a construction worker, you can earn more than 70 million yuan a month, and middle-aged rural women can also become nannies and monthly sisters-in-law, earning 10000 yuan a month. However, we have ignored the data mentioned in the government work report of the NPC and CPPCC that the monthly income of 600 million people in China is only 1000 yuan, and that of 900 million people is only 2000 yuan.

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.

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.

Let me give you a simple example: many African women cant go to school because of their periods.

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

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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.

Source: Tencent public welfare [gesanghua womens health plan

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.

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.

Its a double rolling. On the one hand, poverty will not be seen. They have no voice channel. Everyone seems to be superior or pretend to be superior. Its amazing why some people cant afford good sanitary napkins? Why?

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.

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.

If viewed in a broader context, women, especially Chinese women, have too much physical shame. They are ashamed of talking about sex, pleasure, climax, and buying condoms, so they have to dodge. Even after something goes wrong, some women have to have an abortion. In order not to be known, they dont leave medical records and choose small workshops for curettage. These are not only harmful to womens health, but they are not even life-threatening.

The fear of shame and taboo in their minds overwhelmed the security of their lives. There are reasons for economic distress, but also reasons for fear of losing face.

Women only provide obligations, but have no basic rights. Now even a sanitary napkin is like asking for it.

Source: the bankrupt sisters

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

The bankrupt sisters

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