Having long been a leader in political correctness, Brown University has found another way to embarrass itself and to alienate its alumni. (Among them, yours truly.)
Opening up a new frontier in sensitivity towards the transgendered, Brown has started placing tampon dispensers in men’s lavatories. And, they will be free. Apparently, these are needed by women who believe that they are men and who therefore will insist on using the men’s room. Will they also insist on using male urinals?
Someone might ask why it should be, if these women are really men, they still get their periods, but, trust me, when you enter the world of the politically correct you must leave your rational faculties at the restroom door.
At least, Brown has not yet banned male urinals. And it have not yet followed the Swedish example, wherein boys in public schools are told that they must pee sitting down… because if they pee standing up they are being sexist.
William Hicks reports on this compelling story for Heat St.:
Many have raised doubts about the masculinity of the men attending Brown University, but who knew the school’s administration did as well.
This school year, Brown provide free tampons in all nonresidential restrooms — men’s rooms included. The school explained the decision by saying they did not want to make transgender students feel excluded.
While some of these tampons in men’s restrooms may be used for their intended purpose, no doubt most will be lost to adolescent exploration. Young boys growing into men will learn what the hell … tampons actually are, whether they stop nosebleeds, or if that vodka trick from the news actually works. Fun fact: Tampons can also be used in the treatment of hemorrhoids.
Hicks highlights the point that young men are likely to make ill use these feminine hygiene objects. They are likely to turn them into objects of ridicule and use them for purposes for which they were not intended. Since they cannot use them for their intended purpose, what else is left? Of course, this kind of play will compromise women’s privacy and promote disrespect for women.
Clearly, Brown University administrators were not thinking when they made their decisions.
In truth, the more Brown chooses to place itself in the vanguard of this stupidity the less its alumni will be enticed to contribute. And that, I am certain, is a good thing. Better to starve the beast.