The state of Minnesota will begin mandating that public schools provide menstrual products in boy’s bathrooms beginning on January 1.
According to the Center of the American Experiment, the products it expects schools to carry include “pads, tampons, or other similar products used in connection with the menstrual cycle” and that such products to be available in all bathrooms “regularly” used by students. In order to pay for the proliferation of these products, the schools will receive $2 multiplied by the number of their students.
The bill was passed in May, and was notably one of the earliest pieces of legislation given a hearing by the Minnesota State House and Senate during the legislative session this year. Initially, there was an attempt to amend the bill to specify that the products were intended for female students. That amendment was dismissed, with Rep. Sandra Feist (DFL) taking the opportunity to deny basic biology and declare “not all students who menstruate are female.”
The state of Minnesota does not represent an unusual case, as other schools have attempted to proliferate women’s menstrual products in men’s restrooms as well. Clemson University attracted controversy when its chapter of the College Republicans brought the presence of menstrual product dispensers in the men’s bathrooms to light, prompting their removal in September. This in turn sparked protests from LGBT activists demanding that the dispensers be reinstalled.
For the people of Minnesota, it looks like this will prove to be one New Year’s resolution that they could have done without.
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