It’s easy to see pads and tampons as bons products that make life easier, but they’re actually inextricably connected to girls’ schooling, women’s health, and human rights, according to a recent piece published in The Guardian. To that end, argues author Jessica Valenti, young women shouldn’t have to bear the cost of feminine hygiene products—they should simply be free.
There are two issues at play in Valenti's argument: Money lost from work days missed due to one's period (paid menstrual leave, anyone?), as well as the fact that they're labeled as "luxuries," rather than health necessities, and thus taxed.
Read the essay below and tell us your thoughts. Personally, I agree with Valenti—menstrual health are one and the same. So for me, I vote free tampons. You?