Jessica is a famous feminist writer and journalist. She is also a blogger and has gone over many feminist topics including the idea of free tampons. Her cite, unfortunately, doesn't have much to show but her books, however, I do know a quote she has said, as you can read in the article: Should Tampons Be Free? by Jill Filipovic where she quotes Jessica Valenti as follows, "'But this is less an issue of costliness than it is of principle: menstrual care is health care, and should be treated as such,' Valenti writes. 'But much in the same way insurance coverage or subsidies for birth control are mocked or met with outrage, the idea of women even getting small tax breaks for menstrual products provokes incredulousness because some people lack an incredible amount of empathy ... and because it has something to do with vaginas.'" *** Valenti, Jessica. “Bio.” Jessica Valenti, www.jessicavalenti.com/.
Jill Filipovic, in this article, talks about how women should get free tampons because it should be a basic human right and she goes on to use evidence from Jessica Valenti (which a lot of the articles do) and says if that isn’t possible then why not have tampons at least not be categorized under a luxury because it is clearly not. As explained in the article, she says, "But even in wealthy nations, feminine hygiene products are treated like cosmetics instead of health care. While $10 or $12 for a box of tampons may not sound like much, if you're working a minimum wage job, that's almost two hours of work; if you're only bringing home a few hundred dollars a month and having to pay rent and feed a family, $10 every month for 30 years (and more than $10 if you have daughters) isn't chump change."*** Filipovic, Jill. “Should Tampons Be Free?” Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan, 9 Oct. 2017, www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/news/a29967/should-tampons-be-free/.
In the article, she states that she finds it very dumb that many women want to use the excuse that men get free condoms to say that women should get free tampons. She thinks this is dumb because women get free condoms as well, it's just that people really only talk/care about men's condoms. In the article, she even says, "Condoms and tampons are not the same. Condoms prevent STDs and pregnancy; they prevent life altering situations. Tampons stop your blood from flowing. Yes, we need them. No, forgetting to use one will not cost you your future." *** Schmitt, Annabelle. “I'm a Feminist but I Don't Think Tampons Should Be Free.” Babe, Babe, 28 June 2016, babe.net/2016/06/28/im-feminist-dont-think-tampons-free-2157.
In this publication by Christina Cauterucci, she talks about how she doesn't think that tampons should be free or even tax-free. She thinks that women should be able to purchase tampons through either food stamps or receive them through Medicaid. She thinks this way because in her eyes, making them free or tax-free will just allow rich women to be all good with it. But if they were given through Medicaid or bought with food stamps, then the women who actually need cheaper tampons (AKA poor women) will be able to get them. *** Cauterucci, Christina. “Tampons Shouldn't Be Tax Free. They Should Be Covered by Food Stamps and Medicaid.” Slate Magazine, 17 Mar. 2016, www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/03/17/tampons_shouldn_t_be_tax_free_they_should_be_covered_by_food_stamps_and.html.
In Signa A. Daum Shanks' article, she talks about the efficiency boost it would bring to the economy if women's hygiene products were made free and she makes a point towards society she believes many women have not realized in the debate for free tampons: that women's menstruation is a building block of society because it allows women to continue the human race in the first place. In the article, Signa A. Daum Shanks says, "But here's where I (and all women) have been misled: We are the ones who menstruate, but it is actually society that is dependent on that process." *** Shanks, Signa A. “Women Should Get Tampons at No Cost.” Osgoode Digital Commons, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 6 Apr. 2015, digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1025&context=media_mentions.
This article focuses on the fact that just like toilet paper is free and provided in public restrooms, that tampons and other women's hygiene products should be considered necessities and be provided in bathrooms. Emily Peck states in the article, "While no one thinks twice about the cost of stocking restrooms with toilet paper and soap and hand towels, feminine products are considered a luxury. We live in a BYOTampon world." *** Peck, Emily. “Free Tampons Should Be A Human Right.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 8 Mar. 2016, www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/free-tampons-human-right_us_56deffbce4b03a40567a1e33.