Represent All Menstruators in Sanitary Napkin Ads #DiversifyPeriods #NotJustWomen

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Not all women menstruate. Not all menstruators are women.

"As a 13-year-old, I was made to believe that women and menstruation go hand in hand. As a 30-year-old, I know better."

Studies show that transgender men and intersex individuals who are not female, can still menstruate. The assumption that menstrual health is a concern only for women is both socially and scientifically fallacious. I know women who do not menstruate, I know menstruators who are not women. 

The UNICEF Guide on Menstrual Health and Hygiene released in March 2019 was created for organisations that develop programmes related to menstrual health and hygiene. The guide encourages the inclusion of non-binary people in menstrual health and hygiene programmes finding that transgender, intersex and non-binary people due to their identity face exclusion, stigma, and violence that prevents them from accessing essential health services.

Gender inequality relating to mensuration takes many forms in relation to transgender, non-binary and intersex people. This is both on the basis of sex and gender. A trans man who menstruate may face transphobia and sexism, because of the belief that men do not . Non-binary and inter-sex people may similarly be discriminated against as they may not necessarily ascribe to a particular gender but may still need menstrual hygiene. By treating menstruation as a  “woman thing” we further entrenched transphobia and sexism and exclude a significant number of people from access to basic hygiene and infrastructure.

It's 2021! We request Johnson & Johnson to make their advertisements and products more inclusive. Sign my petition to demand #DiversifyPeriods in advertisements and products.