The Regional Council tasked Jason Grant from Dundee to promote access to free toiletries in schools and universities.
Former tennis star Martina Navratilova commented on the appointment on Twitter, “It’s just ridiculous.” “Have we ever tried to teach men how to shave or how to take care of their prostate?” He asked. “this is absurd.”
free access to cosmetics
Grant’s appointment as a term dignity officer came two days after Scotland was internationally acclaimed as the first country in the world to access free toiletries. From Monday, city administrations and educational institutions are legally bound to provide menstrual items such as tampons and pads for free.
Gina Davidson of Scottish radio station LBC said that the appointment of a man to the position was “the epitome of mansplaining” – situations in which men, despite their lack of knowledge, feel they have to explain something to women. Davidson was responding to a photo of Grant talking to a woman and her daughter about menstrual products.
“The problem worries everyone”
Newspaper columnist and suffragette Susan Dalgeti tweeted, “I don’t know why anyone thought it a good idea to hire someone.”
Jason Grant said on his appointment that he can help “break down barriers” and enable more open conversations. “Even if women are directly affected by periods, this issue affects everyone.” For her part, the Scottish Minister of Social Justice, Shona Robison, said that free access was “fundamental to equality and dignity”. We are proud to be the first national government to take such a step,” Robinson said.
Sanitary items were already free for pupils and students in Scotland. Passed in 2020, the law committed the Scottish government to ensuring that all had access to these products.
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