Today's award goes to the President of the Undergraduate Council of Students at Brown University in Rhode Island.
Nguyen sent a campus-wide email Tuesday announcing the initiative, which has made Brown one of the first higher-education institutions to implement such a widespread program. University officials have not yet responded.
By putting menstrual products in women’s, men’s and gender-inclusive bathrooms, Nguyen’s campaign highlights an often-ignored fact: Not all people who menstruate are women. “We wanted to set a tone of trans-inclusivity, and not forget that they’re an important part of the population,” he says. “I’d be naïve to say there won’t be push back. I’ve had questions about why we’re implementing this in male bathrooms as well. It’s an initial confusion, but people generally understand when we explain it.”
There's more at the link. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
Mr. Nguyen, I have news for you. If someone menstruates, then:
- They never have been;
- They are not; and
- They never will be
I don't give a damn about political correctness, cultural sensitivity or any flavor of the nonsense du jour. Facts are facts. Biology is biology. For all except the vanishingly small proportion of so-called 'intersex' individuals, what one may feel about one's gender identity is irrelevant in comparison to the biological, chromosomal, hormonal reality that defines, conclusively, whether one is male or female. Even for intersex persons, if they menstruate, they must obviously have all the elements of feminine anatomy necessary to be medically identified as female. Tampons in mens' restrooms won't do a thing to change that.
(On the other hand, soldiers - particularly those cut off from other supplies - have been known to use tampons and sanitary napkins to make very useful, practical, effective wound dressings in the field. Does that bring out their feminine side?)
EDITED TO ADD: To all those who think we should indulge the psychiatric and psychological issues of those who dither about their 'gender identity': THIS is the end result of such nonsense.