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.
Let's talk about periods!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.
Periods are natural.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.
What actually happens?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.
So why is it considered such a taboo subject?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.
Even though times are changing, some cultures aren't...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."
What is the "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.
So, this is why we need to be more open about the topic.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.
Leading feminine product provider, Always, had made an impact a few weeks ago.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.
The controversial decision came as a response to requests from nonbinary and transgender customers.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!"
In response to these concerns, Always made the decision final.From December 2019, the company will start issuing its new packaging and by February 2020, it hopes that the process will be complete.
The customer care team addressed the issue on Twitter saying this...
This decision has been met with its fair share of backlash.Of course, many people aren't happy with what the company has chosen to do, and aren't afraid to voice it either.
Some people were extremely angry with the decision.
If you were born a women but are now trans (and or non-binary) you can’t simply ignore the fact that you have a fuc… https://t.co/FSeHbWWivS— Tania F Gonzalez (@Tania F Gonzalez)1571799590.0
Others have gone as far as to claim that that only women get periods.
@phiddies @Always Only WOMEN get periods. Whether you are transgender or not it is still your FEMALE part that is h… https://t.co/jnNVVaA4Dp— Tammy Ferguson (@Tammy Ferguson)1571794211.0
This sums it up for me.
For the record I am a LGBTQ ally. My issue is not with being trans. Its with shitting on one gender to make another… https://t.co/YgyByX37nf— SofieMarie (@SofieMarie)1571796209.0
However, lots of trans men have spoken out about the issue.They have spoken of the dysphoria they feel when purchasing products with female symbols plastered on them.
When things are stereotypically female, it can trigger some customers.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."
He continued:"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."
Some people are calling those who oppose the idea "transphobes".
Transphobes are really mad at the fact that always made their products more inclusive for trans men and non-binary… https://t.co/6MsE12QH09— 🖤✨Aizawa’s✨🖤 (@🖤✨Aizawa’s✨🖤)1571788869.0