Where do we even begin on this one?
We can’t say that we particularly enjoy them, but for the most part, we’ve come to accept them as just a normal and natural part of our lives.
Yes, even if they do occasionally make us want to dive headlong into a tub of Ben N Jerry’s or start blubbing uncontrollably because there are puppies on the TV.
One human being who seemingly has absolutely no understanding of the way the female reproductive system works however is Ryan Williams, a 19-year-old photography student.
Earlier this week, Ryan, who obviously wasn’t paying much attention in biology class, went on an ill-informed rant about tampon tax.
“I saw a post about ending tampon tax and I was so annoyed I had to have my say,” Ryan wrote on Twitter. “People are saying tampons shouldn’t be taxed because they are a necessity but why can’t those women just learn to control their bladders? If they are going to bleed then they should wait until they get to the toilet. It’s all about self-control. If you can’t control your bladder then that’s not the taxpayers’ problem.”
As if those comments weren’t bizarre (and anger-inducing) enough, Ryan then goes on to equate women needing tampons to adults wearing nappies: “I don’t urinate everywhere and expect free nappies. If you make tampons free where do you draw the line? They’ll be going about petitioning for toilet roll to be free next. I think women who want an end on tampon tax are just cheapskates.”
Since making these comments, Ryan has not surprisingly received a tonne of backlash and as a result he has set up a GoFundMe page called ‘Stop The Blob’ in order to raise £1000 to attend biology lessons, and presumably educate himself on female anatomy.
The page reads:
“Help enable me, a young adult politics expert and Brexit campaigner be able to afford to have Biology lessons. The money raised will be used to pay for lessons, however many is needed to be able to explain to understand more about womens periods, why they get so aggressive and why they’re so lazy as to hold their bladder.”
Ryan, let us sum it all up for you. First of all, having your period isn’t something you can simply “control”. If it were few of us would choose to have debilitating cramps every month.
Secondly, period blood does not come from a woman’s bladder. Please go study a diagram of the female anatomy and maybe educate yourself before writing silly things on Twitter.