The price of sanitary products has come under scrutiny in recent times, with campaigners lobbying for fairer prices and free products. In the UK, some hospitals give items away free to people who are in need, but there's still a long way to go. The conversation was thrust into the spotlight once more this week when one man left a comment on a news article, claiming women were "overblowing" the cost of tampons and pads. According to Metro, the poster quickly deleted his post after receiving widespread backlash.
Unfortunately for him, there was still time for people to screenshot the ill-advised rant. We have the receipts. The poster theorizes that during the average period a woman loses between 10-35ml of blood, meaning that women should use just 7 tampons per cycle. He goes on to make an allowance for women with "extra juicy uterine lining", who may use 9 tampons. If that wasn't enough to make all of womankind see red (no pun intended) he claims that women have 9 periods a year so should use "90 tampons max."
Clearly not a master of biology but fancying himself as a mathematical genius, he still wasn't done. "You can get a 64 pack on Amazon for £7.90 plus shipping. Buy two packs, save on shipping and have 128 tampon (sic) for the year, that's about £20 here or there for a years periods." Charmingly, he ends his post by telling women to cut down on takeout coffees and "stop whining."
People immediately took to Twitter to share screenshots of the confusing calculation. As anyone with a womb knows, the amount of blood produced in a single cycle can vary greatly from person to person and is dependent on a number of factors. For instance, women with issues like endometriosis are likely to have heavier periods.
The poster also didn't take into consideration the life of tampons, which are designed to be changed every four to six hours regardless of how heavy your flow is. Women everywhere have lambasted the keyboard warrior for being flippant about a serious issue, but more importantly, tried to educate him on his jaw-droppingly incorrect numbers.
Metro speculates that the average number of tampons used per year for someone experiencing a light flow would be around 288, not 90 as suggested. At the other end of the spectrum, the numbers would be considerably higher.
The poster may have wanted us to quit whining, but he inadvertently pointed out his own inadequacies while bringing period poverty back into the spotlight. Bravo.