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College Newspaper Clarifies: We’re Not Transphobic for Calling Tampons a ‘Women’ Thing

Thank God. I would have thought that you were.

An article about giving government-subsidized tampons to “women” that was published in The Daily Bruin, the student newspaper at the University of California, Los Angeles, came complete with a clarification that the author did not mean to suggest that menstruation was always a “women” thing — so as not to offend any transgender, non-menstruating women readers.

The disclaimer, a picture of which was posted on Twitchy, states: “This blog post refers to individuals who menstruate as women because the author wanted to highlight gender inequality in health care. We acknowledge that not all individuals who menstruate identify as women and that not all individuals who identify as women menstruate, but feel this generalization is appropriate considering the gendered nature of most health care policies.”

After all, they wouldn’t want anyone thinking they were transphobic. I know that if I personally had read such an article without this kind of clarification, my first thought would definitely have been: “How dare they say ‘women’ instead of ‘cisgender women and male-identified female-bodied persons’? You’re so ignorant that you’re all dead to me.” So, good save!

#related#In all honesty, feeling the need to post a clarification like this for daring to talk about periods as a “women” thing seems crazy — but it’s not the first time this kind of issue has come up. In fact, there’s also an ongoing fight about whether it’s okay to refer to abortion as a women’s issue, for the same reasons.

Good luck out there, everyone.

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review Online

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