Football fans continue to argue whether free period products should be available in football stadiums or not.
Orlaith Duffy, Erin Slaven, and Mikaela McKinley are three lifelong Celtic fans who set up a campaign called “On The Ball” in the hopes of getting free sanitary products in football stadiums in the UK. It started after finding out that not all toilets had access it sanitary bins, and some had locked away the sanitary products in machines which need each change as payment. They hope that through the said campaign, female football fans may become more visible, as they make up more than 25% of the Premier League enthusiasts and supporters.
Orlaith Duffy explains that football stadiums are a male-dominated place, with lack of period provisions becoming a problem for females who go there and suddenly need sanitary products. She adds that many young girls come to the stadium to watch a game with male relatives, an if they suddenly get their periods—especially for the first time— period provisions are a necessity, especially if there isn’t anyone they could rely on. She says that the experience could be embarrassing or awkward, and especially more so for young girls.
The three explain that they got mixed responses to their campaign. Some agree with them, but others feel that it tis a taboo subject and would rather not have a conversation regarding it altogether. Orlaith adds that some men say that if females get free tampons, males should get free razors, shaving cream, deodorant, and beer. They say some even ask for free pie, and as they explain, period products and pie are of different levels in terms of necessity. Period products are necessary hygiene products for females, whereas males do not rely on pie or beer for their hygiene.
The three say that some men would often go as far as scolding women for not bringing sanitary products with them when watching games in stadiums. Some seem to think that females know exactly when their periods would come in, and are just being careless for not bringing the necessary products with them.
Luxury and Taxable
In Britain, sanitary products are classified as non-essential and a luxury, and are taxed at 5%. Other products, however, such as Jaffa Cakes, bingo cards, and exotic meats are exempted from tax and are considered essential products.