In the United States, access to tampons and pads for low-income women is a real problem, too: food stamps don’t cover feminine hygiene products, so some women resort to selling their food stamps in order to pay for “luxuries” like tampons. Women in prison often don’t have access to sanitary products at all, and the high cost of a product that half the population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply, well, bullshit.Whatever it is, it's life. Just deal with it.
Free? I think this is the idea that most has me laughing. First, let's look at the present price of tampons. Here's a clip from Walgreens website:
Since the author is most interested in helping the poor, I chose to look at the lowest cost product that Walgreens offers.
Basing my calculations on the $3.79, the price of each tampon is a whopping.....9.5 cents.
Since the author wants this product to be free - that is, price subsidized by the government - what do you THINK would be the price the government would need to cover if they paid for it?
Well, this is easy! For every one worker, you will have 10 bureaucrats ordering him around. the price of one tampon - the price that the US Citizens would have to bear would probably go up to over one dollar per tampon.
What about quality? Oh man, that's another easy one. Women would find that they need more of them for the same mount of work. Quality goes down. That's a given!
And what about shortages? Yes! All we have to do is look at history to see what government control
does to the availability of goods such as these. This article is from the Chicago Tribune published in 1989. The article is about Czechoslavakia and other Soviet Satellite countries during the time when they were run by the Communist:
With some success, Czechoslovak officials tried after 1968 to buy off their people. Consumer goods became more available than elsewhere in Eastern Europe. To some extent, that`s still true. Butcher windows in Prague display mountains of pork and sausages. Beer remains plentiful and rich.
But here, too, the economy is shredding. There are shortages of toothpaste and toilet paper. Women demonstrated in Wenceslas Square because of a shortage of sanitary napkins.
Next we have this article written in 1987 about the USSR:
"Living together, climbing together tends to open people up," said Colette Shulman, a senior staff associate for Columbia University's School of International Affairs. "We had the best discussions I ever heard about sexual responsibility and sexuality."Now let's fast forward to the future where Communism has improved and as such, they have improved the lot of the Venezuelan man, or I should say woman...or maybe not:
Other American women said they were startled by what they heard about the shortages of contraceptives in the Soviet Union, not to mention the absence of sanitary napkins and tampons.
In silence, Venezuelan women are the ones suffering the newest shortage: sanitary pads. Although I have enough for this month (naturally, I always buy one extra package in advance); when I heard about the shortages, I panicked. On my way to work I visited five different places - including four pharmacies and one supermarket - only to find out, to my disdain, that all sanitary pads of any type and any brand, had magically disappeared of the shelves.And then there is Cuba:
There has been a shortage of sanitary napkins at local drug stores for the past three months.Next, we spin the globe and look at North Korea:
Aida Rivero, a clerk at the "Tulipán" pharmacy, said that customers have been forced to use rags or pillow stuffing.
Sanitary napkins are available at dollar stores but at an elevated price.
Said frustrated customer Maritza Sánchez, "The health of the people doesn't matter to the government, just the image it projects to the world of a medical power."
This is not to say that North Korea came to resemble anything like a modern economy. In just one sign of long-standing deprivation, many women still have no choice but to use dried leaves as sanitary towels: a Korean-American missionary says the greatest gift you can give to a North Korean woman is a washable one made of fabric. “They cry with joy.”There is NO DOUBT. I have history on my side. Government control, government handouts ALWAYS lead to less of something. Never more.