Mom Promotes Inclusivity With Picture of Son Holding ‘Men Have Periods Too’ Sign

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Always is a company that provides the world with sanitary products, but recently they have found themselves in hot water for more than one reason.

The first time people chose to boycott them was due to their irrational use of scents and chemicals in their products. And the second scandal, which sent ripples throughout the world, came after a controversial decision was made to remove the Venus female symbol from its packaging to be more “inclusive.”

Though the decision was met with backlash, some people are totally on board with the idea like this one mom who went viral for taking a picture of son holding a “men have periods too” sign.

Keep scrolling to find out the details as to why they have chosen to go ahead with these decisions.

This may repulse some people who can’t handle reading anything about the inner workings of a female, but do me a favor and grow up.

Some people seem to think that the menstrual cycle is some sort of taboo subject that needs to be avoided at all costs, but I’m here to remind you that it’s not. It’s a natural part of the female routine.

In a simple explanation, the cycle involves the removal of an unfertilized egg with the lining of the womb. That’s literally it. There’s nothing repulsive about it.

We find it hard to talk about it openly because society has always stigmatized it. Even to this day, my mom will whisper the word “period” around my brothers like it’s some secret that they have no idea about. Clearly, she’s never sat through an awkward science lesson in middle school. Yikes.

In India and other parts of Asia, the idea that a woman can be on her period seems to be too hard to accept. Girls as young as eleven have been shunned while on their period in a “cleansing custom.”

This is when a woman is typically removed from her household and placed into a hut, or a shack, where she will reside while she is menstruating. That’s right. She is physically removed from society and put into isolation because she is deemed “dirty” if her body is in the natural process of removing an unfertilized egg.

However, rather than talking about how to help normalize the process in other countries and help women receive readily available sanitary products, which they’re still not getting, we’ve all been distracted by something else.

The company has found themselves in an uncomfortable spotlight after they announced that they would be removing the Venus female symbol from all their packaging.

In July, trans activists named Ben Saunders and Melly Bloom tweeted Always, questioning why the female symbol had to be part of their packaging.

Is it really necessary?

This is what Bloom wrote: “Could someone from Always tell me why it is imperative to have the female symbol on their sanitary products? There are non-binary and trans folks who still need to use your products too you know!”

From December 2019, the company will start issuing its new packaging and by February 2020, it hopes that the process will be complete.

“We are absolutely grateful for having people like you voicing their opinions. Thank you for contacting us, your comments help us improve every day!”

Of course, many people aren’t happy with what the company has chosen to do, and aren’t afraid to voice it either.

This user expressed how people who identify as trans and non-binary can’t just “ignore” their female genitals.


It really doesn’t feel right…

They have spoken of the dysphoria they feel when purchasing products with female symbols plastered on them.

Jamie Raines, a trans man, told Pink News this: “It can be quite hard to navigate having periods as a guy when everything to do with periods is aimed very much towards women and is very female-oriented.”

“The first time [having a period as a man], I was brought back to that very dysphoric feeling that I had years ago, and I just remember again being stuck on the toilet, crying, not knowing what to do. It shook me.”

Is it being more “inclusive” or are we doing something else completely?

Milly Bhaskar made her opinion clear when she posted a picture of her four-year-old son, Eli, to thousands of followers, holding a sign that read: “Men Have Periods Too.”

And this post was to promote a sense of “inclusiveness” according to her.

“Some men have periods. Some non-binary people have periods. Some women have periods. Eli has been told about periods since he saw blood on my pants a couple of years ago (I no longer have them now and tbh it is s**t when it’s seen as the ultimate feminine superpower because I’m still a woman so).”

“I told him that some women, some non-binary people, and some men have periods. Trans men may have ‘female’ sex organs and still experience periods and some non-binary people have periods too, therefore, removing a female logo off the front of sanitary products helps include us all, isn’t that wholesome and a nice gesture?”

“…It’s opening up the community to make it a safe space for those who don’t identify as women but still have periods.”

Is woke culture taking things too far, or are we on the right path to equality?