From the title of this post, you might think I’m going to say that silly things like “movie tickets!” and “drinks!” should be free for girls, but please hear me out. I am not here to talk about guys paying for girls on dates, since that is a post for another day. I am here to talk about things that girls truly need, but still need to pay for – like tampons, pads, and other ~taboo~ products. It seems to me that anything that has to do with a vagina costs a million dollars more than other basic products. I know I’m being dramatic, but honestly, these things really add up, and it sucks that we have to pay so much for them.
I’m not saying that everything should be free if you have a vagina, I’m saying that it’s ridiculously expensive to survive if you have a vagina, and it really shouldn’t be that way. You shouldn’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to deal with your vagina when it’s mostly out of your control. I’m sure we would all wish we could control what goes on down there all the time, but we really can’t, and that costs us. If you agree, take a look at all of these things that should really be free for girls and female-identifying people.
TamponsIt is 2017. Most public bathrooms don't even offer tampons, and if they do, they are in those weird dispensers that are always empty. It's kind of annoying to have to carry a tampon with you to the bathroom, especially if you're out to dinner or somewhere with friends. Can we please make tampons more public? PLEASE!? Image Source: iStock
PadsJust like tampons, pads really need to be more accessible in public places. I know a lot of schools DO have them, but you need to go to the nurse's office and that is pretty inconvenient, not to mention annoying AF. This 14-year-old girl was able to get her school to offer free pads and tampons, and I think that others should follow! Image Source: iStock
Birth ControlThere has been a lot of debate when it comes to birth control pills, but they are so helpful when it comes to things besides preventing pregnancy. They can help with cramps and even cause lighter periods. While some people do have birth control covered by their insurance (Thanks, Obama!), people without insurance have to pay up to $100 for a pack. Luckily, there are places like Planned Parenthood who offer free birth control. Image Source: iStock
Gyno ProceduresGoing to see a gynecologist is expensive, for good reason: they are really important and helpful to use vagina-having humans. But, some necessary services should really be free, or at least a little cheaper than they are. These tests are really important to vaginal health, and it sucks that some people can't get them done because of how expensive they are, which can lead to problems later in life. Image Source: iStock
CondomsCondoms are expensive and TBH, a lot of guys are too embarrassed to by them, so it's on us, which can get pricey! Luckily, some colleges offer free or cheap condoms, so that's always a plus. But, come on, can we get some free condoms? It will encourage safe sex, which is super important. Image Source: iStock
Plan BPlan B is very expensive, but it's also necessary sometimes. Things happen and you really need to take Plan B. But it gets super pricey (up to $50), which means that some people can't buy it, and might be at risk of an unplanned pregnancy. Image Source: iStock
Rpae KitsReal talk: I once had a friend who wouldn't go to the hospital after being assaulted because of how expensive rape kits are. That is horrifying. A kit can cost up to $1,000 which is not cheap. After going through something as traumatic as assault, you shouldn't have to spend all of your money on getting checked out. Image Source: iStock
What do you think should be free? Tell us in the comments!