Always Pads’ maker, Proctor & Gamble, announced it will remove the Venus symbol from packaging for the female sanitary products to foster inclusivity.
Say goodbye to the female symbol that has apparently been a part of Always Pads packaging.
Proctor & Gamble announced it will remove it in response to requests from nonbinary and transgender customers. I’ve watched the reaction as people learn about the coming change.
I’ve seen people being happy, angry and completely perplexed by the move.
How you see it depends on your gender perspective.
As a guy born a guy and who identifies as a guy, it initially seemed ridiculous to me. It didn’t anger me, however. I do think there are plenty of things more worthy of angst.
Some have argued that only women can have menstrual cycles, so the female symbol should remain.
I’ve seen both men and women make that argument.
On the surface, they’re right. To a point.
But if you think about it, a transgender man could also have a menstrual cycle. A transgender man is a person who was born with female sexual characteristics who identifies as a man instead of a woman. How someone identifies has no bearing on his or her physical attributes, after all.
Then there is the non-binary crowd, those who claim to be “non-conforming” to either gender. It’s a troubling title, because “non-conforming” makes it sound like they just choose to be “difficult.” The reality, however, may well be that they are unable to feel they are enough of either gender to identify as one or the other.
But if you possess female sex characteristics and identify as non-binary, you’ll still need the products.
So yes, it’s possible someone who isn’t technically female to actually need a product traditionally associated with women-only.
But of course, there’s a bigger issue here.
That issue involves people who’ve been in the majority and always had things their way.
They have no reason to have ever considered another point of view. They don’t care — because they’ve never needed to care — about that “gray area” involving gender.
Those who know people who do fall into what we might call a non-traditional gender identity might think twice before condemning such an action.
It’s easy to embrace the “outrage” such a change just seems to inspire so early.
Maybe it’s a bit more considerate of your fellow human to stop before you allow that outrage to overtake you…and ask yourself why it matters to you so much.