Always has announced plans to remove the Venus symbol from the packaging of their sanitary pads, in an attempt to be more inclusive of trans men and non-binary people who use their products.
CNN reports that Procter & Gamble has responded to activists who have asked the company to account for the fact that not only cis women menstruate—the Venus symbol is historically supposed to stand for the female sex.
“For over 35 years Always has championed girls and women, and we will continue to do so,” Procter & Gamble said in a statement on Tuesday.
“We’re also committed to diversity & inclusion and are on a continual journey to understand the needs of all of our consumers.”
“We routinely assess our products, packaging, & designs, taking into account consumer feedback, to ensure we are meeting the needs of everyone who uses our products.”
Your heartfelt words are appreciated, and we're sharing this with our Always team. Thank you for taking a moment to share your preferences!— Always (@Always) October 14, 2019
But there are a lot of Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists out there, or TERFs, who have a problem with the change.
The Daily Mail spoke with TERF Julie Bindel, who seemed to be taking the loss of the Venus symbol of her sanitary napkins pretty hard.
In the interview, she claims that this is the first step towards annihilating the existence of cis women altogether.
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Happy #NationalPeriodDay! We’re excited to join forces with @periodmovement to continue raising awareness of the need for access to period products and #MenstrualEquity! When we come together to make a difference, we’re unstoppable! 💪🏼Let’s #EndPeriodPoverty! #PeriodPower
“Removing the female symbol from sanitary towel packaging is basically denying the existence of women,” she said.
“We’re now moving towards the total elimination of women’s biology.”
“The women’s symbol has been used by feminists for decades.”
“This is pure cowardice and virtue signaling from these big corporate brands who are capitulating to the trans agenda.”
Only WOMEN get periods. Whether you are transgender or not it is still your FEMALE part that is having a period. A man has no need for pads. The pads are for females and the symbol should stay for females. PERIOD!— Tammy Ferguson (@fergusont926) October 23, 2019
There has been a push for a boycott against Always, even though some people have pointed out that most menstrual products don’t use the Venus symbol either:
I’m wondering if the “gender critical” anti-trans lobbyists currently threatening to boycott @Always, will also be boycotting @bodyform and #Carefree for not having the Venus symbol on their wrappers?— Helen🧜🏻♀️(⧖) (@mimmymum) October 20, 2019
We see their complaints for what they are - blatant transphobia! 😞 pic.twitter.com/UzYvD2NYgJ
Will you also be boycotting all of the other brands that don’t show the female symbol?— Helen🧜🏻♀️(⧖) (@mimmymum) October 22, 2019
Might you boycott Bodyform for being blue - a stereotypically masculine colour?
Or Carefree for being too presumptuously ‘girlie’ with flowers? pic.twitter.com/jKZTNjnyoT
Always is also a company that invests in young girls, by donating with every sale to end period poverty, meaning they get sanitary supplies to girls who can’t afford them.
Many young women are kept at home when they have their periods, unable to participate in school or extracurricular activities:
Boycotting @Always will actually HURT women and girls (as the brand donates sanity products with every purchase to end #PeriodPoverty).— Helen🧜🏻♀️(⧖) (@mimmymum) October 20, 2019
That anti-trans “gender critical” campaigners are threatening this is spiteful and definitely NOT feminism!https://t.co/y9Qn538hL5 pic.twitter.com/5ZYKqpNTfd
The Venus symbol isn’t in itself offensive or bad, it just doesn’t include everyone who uses this particular product. Removing it is probably just good business.
If you’re upset to see it good, consider how you can help all the girls you’re so worried about.
Maybe campaign to stop having menstrual pads taxed as a luxury?
That would be pretty helpful.