Scotland: Anger over man's appointment to promote free tampons and pads

Éscotia: anger after manès appointment to promote free tampons and periodic pads

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The appointment of a man to promote Scotland's now free access to tampons and sanitary napkins drew widespread criticism on Wednesday, with former tennis player Martina Navratilova notably denouncing a “ridiculous” decision.  

These products must since Monday be made available free of charge by local authorities and Scottish schools for all women, thanks to a law against menstrual poverty passed in November 2020 and presented by the Scottish authorities as a first in the world. . 

But in Dundee, a city north of Edinburgh, it was a man who was chosen to promote the law, as the first-ever 'rules dignity officer'. », appointed for two years.

Jason Grant, a former muscle-bound personal trainer, is responsible for promoting the new law in schools, colleges and universities and ensuring that it is properly funded. It should also encourage discussions about menstruation and menopause.

“It's completely ridiculous,” Martina Navratilova said on Twitter. “Have we ever tried to teach men how to shave or take care of their prostate? This is nonsense.” 

“I can't understand how anyone thought it was a good idea to name a guy,” tweeted Susan Dalgety, columnist for press and women's rights activist.

Jason Grant said being a man would help him “break down barriers, reduce stigma and encourage more open discussion. Although it directly affects women, menstruation is a problem for everyone,” he tweeted after his appointment.