Another Collidge Caper: Tampons for Men

Barb Wire

When they’re not busy setting up racially segregated housing or handing out degrees in Superhero Studies, America’s great institutions of higher learning get up to some really wacky things. Not a day goes by without a new one.

Today’s absurdity is brought to you by Brown University, where – according to the student body president – “not all people who menstruate are women.” Call me un-hip, but I don’t know what the devil he means by that. Anyhow, they’re going around putting tampons and maxi-pads in the men’s bathrooms on the campus: because even for men, women’s hygiene products are “a necessity, not a luxury.”

Brown University’s student body president will be hand-delivering menstrual products to all nonresidential bathrooms on campus, including men’s rooms, with the help of 20 other students.

Viet Nguyen, President of the Undergraduate Council of Students, announced the initiative in a campus-wide email Tuesday, saying he wants to communicate the message that not all people who menstruate are women, according to Newsweek.

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I have no idea what these people are talking about.

A year ago we were told collidges couldn’t stage The Vagina Monologues anymore because it ain’t inclusive of “women who don’t have vaginas,” traditionally known as “men.”

Yes, I know, this discussion verges on the unseemly. But I can’t help it, and neither can you – that’s what our colleges are all about.

And if you send your offspring there, and pay through the nose to do it…well, the more fool you.

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Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on

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