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Tampons in male restroom - September 17th 2016, 12:13 AM


Many have raised doubts about the masculinity of the men attending Brown University, but who knew the schoolís administration did as well.

This school year, Brown will provide free tampons in all nonresidential restrooms ó menís rooms included. The school explained the decision by saying they did not want to make transgender students feel excluded.

While some of these tampons in menís restrooms may be used for their intended purpose, no doubt most will be lost to adolescent exploration. Young boys growing into men will learn what the hell a tampons actually are, whether they stop nosebleeds, or if that vodka trick from the news actually works. Fun fact: Tampons can also be used in the treatment of hemorrhoids.

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Re: Tampons in male restroom - September 17th 2016, 12:48 AM

Some transgender men mensturate (ones who aren't on hormones or are new on hormones), so some men do need tampons. Thinx did a cool video on trans men and periods. That's cool that Brown is offering them there!

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Re: Tampons in male restroom - September 17th 2016, 12:58 AM

Transgender men who still get periods need them. Yes, they may be rare, but there's very little worse than being caught off guard. Just because we have the machine available in the ladies room doesn't mean it works, I've actually seen at least once a machine that said not to use it Also, if a mother wants or needs to take her son into the men's room, this could come in handy for her too.

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Re: Tampons in male restroom - September 20th 2016, 02:52 AM

I don't think that this has anything to do with the school questioning the masculinity of men. I think it has more to do with them trying to be inclusive of all people.

As stated, Trans men still menstruate. If they are identifying as men it would be rather humiliating to have to walk into the girls room to get a tampon/pad or having to ask a fellow female student to get on for them.

I still think there might be shame associated with having the machines in there (if they are not in the bathroom stalls which is the case for the machines here) but I also think it will show the trans men that they matter and they are being included and thought about.

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Re: Tampons in male restroom - September 23rd 2016, 06:00 AM

I think it's great that Brown will have tampons available in all restrooms. As others have already said, transgender men who aren't on hormones still menstruate. This gives them access to products that they need without making them compromise their identity to go into a women's restroom if they're in a bind. Even if some individuals do take the tampons for "adolescent exploration", as you call it, the overall concept is well worth it.

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Re: Tampons in male restroom - September 23rd 2016, 01:35 PM

I think it's mainly a PR stunt.

Also, very few businesses provide free tampons anyway. Most charge a quarter to a dollar for them.
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