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Missing the point

Somebody’s essay from somewhere. Would assume it’s academic work of some kind:

DISSENT
Dissent comes most ardently from a distinctly conservative, male-dominated
group. They argue that bigger government is not the answer to this problem. Tim
Worstall, one such dissenter, believes that the answer is to throw money at the problem,
or, more specifically, at women. Worstall doubts that women actually cannot afford
menstrual products but believes, “if this is a public policy problem to which a solution
must be found then that solution is to give women some money.” He does not say where
this money should come from, who will determine how much money, or how it should
be distributed (2014). Worstall’s idea is not only less efficient but also more expensive;
while the United States government has the buying power to negotiate lower prices,
individual women do not. Furthermore, Worstall’s idea of simply giving women money
will not solve this issue. The stigma of menstruation and the degradation of women will
not be curtailed by handing women a check every month that enables them to buy
products that are a human right. Worstall’s theory treats the symptom, rather than the
problem. In order to truly tackle this issue, society’s mindset surrounding menstruation
must change—this can be started by enacting changes in public policy that acknowledge
menstruation as healthcare and that access to menstrual products is a human right.

There’s just so much wrong in that……

24 thoughts on “Missing the point”

  1. “to buy products that are a human right.”

    You get no rights simply from being human ergo there are no such things as human rights.

    Anyway there is far too much talk about rights. What about a man’s right to a government subsidy for razor blades, eh? Bloody silly notion, the idea that anyone can concoct a “right” and then try and force the cost of it on everyone else.

  2. Menstruation is a patriarchal plot. Its victimhood cannot be assuaged with mere money. Or with anything else which would spoil the victim status of those who suffer from it, or will so suffer or have so suffered in the past. And it’s all Tim’s fault. For ever in the past and the future.

  3. I thought it was April 16, not April1?

    But I do like the title: “Subsidise Menstruation. Period.”

  4. Tim, you don’t seem to understand how annoyingly patriarchally rational it is that you solved the problem.

    The fanny-crying isn’t meant to be fixed. It’s meant to become a permanent fixture of grievance politics, and a source of busywork for the whole bushel of nicely paid civil service, academia and quango jobs up for grabs in the fanny-crying racket.

    Remember how Scotland has a “Period Poverty Tsar” or something? They were (correctly) mocking him for being male, but what’s fucking mental is that Scotland has a “Period Poverty Tsar”. No wonder they’re broke.

  5. Let’s ask women whether they’d rather have (a) free money or (b) society’s mindset changed. I’ll wager they’re suddenly not in favour of “listening to women”.

  6. The stigma of menstruation and the degradation of women will
    not be curtailed by handing women a check every month that enables them to buy products that are a human right.

    Bloody hells bells. Make it stop.

    It is my human right to shout at people on buses, but until I am 66 I have to pay £2 for the privilege.

  7. All humans excrete. Are toilets also a ‘human right’ whose purchase must be paid for by taxpayers?

  8. I just checked. Boots have tampons at 5 pence each in a pack of 24.
    How poor do you have to be to be in period poverty?

  9. “not only less efficient but also more expensive”
    as opposed to being less efficient but also cheaper, which if it has ever happened, I’d go through a paywall to read the example
    Reasoning is not strong with this one.

  10. “It is my human right to shout at people on buses, but until I am 66 I have to pay £2 for the privilege.”

    In my experience, it takes the same fee, and a bit of Facing Down The Authorities, to accomplish the same thing.
    If you’re willing to give the usual local terorrists a Broken Nose.

    It’s *amazing* what you can accomplish with old-fashioned Percussive Diplomacy, especially when it’s confirmed that you’re “quaint”, “local”, and actually support Peace and Quiet in your expressions of …. Atavistic Examples of Free Will …..

    ymmv of course, works in NL/Ge, in GB it’s actually become illegal…
    Time to fix that….

  11. Cadet …. the title “Subsidise Menstruation. Period” is cleverness at an undergraduate level. “Missing the point” is subtly cleverer.

  12. 1. There is no stigma or humilation surrounding menstruation.

    2. The assumption that ‘giving women a check’ would be less efficient because ‘government can negotiate harder’ is something only someone who’s never received what government ‘negotiated’ for them – some else, using your money, doesn’t care about cost or quality – and the cost of the new ‘Tampon-Czar’, their office, and assorted hanger’s on will eat up any cost-savings anyway.

  13. Also, anything that requires another human to be forced to provide it to you is not a ‘human right’.

  14. >Steve
    April 16, 2024 at 8:25 pm

    . . .

    Remember how Scotland has a “Period Poverty Tsar” or something? They were (correctly) mocking him for being male, but what’s fucking mental is that Scotland has a “Period Poverty Tsar”. No wonder they’re broke.

    Today, they’d have all been arrested for pointing out that the Czar was male;)

  15. ‘There is no stigma or humiliation surrounding menstruation.’

    Thanks Agammamon. I was wondering whether I was the only one who believed this.

  16. “Government can negotiate harder.”
    Which doesn’t explain why the MOD (for example) are probably paying £10 for a lightbulb.

  17. Mr W

    They are probably also paying for the fitting. Which hopefully they won’t have to for the tampons… Although i wouldn’t be too sure…

  18. You get no rights simply from being human ergo there are no such things as human rights.Anyway there is far too much talk about rights. Bloody silly notion, the idea that anyone can concoct a “right” and then try and force the cost of it on everyone else.
    Well said dearieme. A concept regrettably foisted on us by C18th liberal philosophy & a pain in the arse ever since. There are only obligations & an obligation can only be some individual’s obligation. For there is only us peeps.

  19. Not necessarily academic. “Verge is an undergraduate journal that is faculty- and student-nominated, and faculty- and student-advised. It collects the best of academic, research-based writing and more creative nonfiction work.”.

    And if you’re throwing money at women, I hope you’re aware that there are specialist establishments just for the purpose, where the women certainly won’t complain about the money.

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