Menstrual products are needed by roughly half the world’s population and yet they’re incredibly hard to get in some places, taxed as a luxury good in others, and considered disgusting evidence of sinful bodily functions in others.
It’s hard not to absorb (no pun intended) some of the negativity surrounded objects that are morally neutral. If you menstruate, you will likely need to buy a tampon or pad at some point, and most people who do go through some sort of mental process of getting comfortable with it.
That was very evident in the responses to a tweet from popular Twitter user @emrazz, who wrote, “If you think buying a box of tampons is somehow more embarrassing than buying a box of bandaids, rethink that.”
The replies are full of women who have felt shame or awkwardness around buying menstrual products and who have either find ways to get over it—or live with it!
There were also a lot of non-menstruating men who shared why they’re comfortable buying pads and tampons for the folks in their lives who need them. It’s a sign of maturity to understand that there’s nothing embarrassing about normal bodily functions. We’ll all get there someday.