The University of Wisconsin-Madison might want to revisit its Anatomy 101 coursework. A new school-sponsored program is being rolled out to provide female students with free menstrual products in certain restrooms across campus, both men’s and women’s.
So far, only three campus buildings have been targeted for the new initiative. Two residence halls, Helen C. White and Sterling, will see all women’s restrooms get fully stocked with tampons, while the third building, the Red Gym, will cross the gender divide and place the women’s health products in men’s restrooms.
“Menstrual products will be available in all of the bathrooms of the Red Gym so that they are available to any student who might need them,” University of Wisconsin-Madison spokesman Steve Wagner told The College Fix in an email, indicating that the program is intended to be inclusive of students who were born female but identify as male.
Coincidentally enough, Red Gym is home to the university’s Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Campus Center, not to mention the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiative and Multicultural Student Center.
The program came about in response to complaints fielded by the university’s student government which lamented the hassle of buying tampons.
Student Representative Katrina Morrison opined: “It’s definitely a deficit and an unnecessary burden for [anyone] to have to go and purchase menstrual products. Having them be free and readily available in campus buildings is definitely a necessity.”
She and her fellow student leaders looked at programs that were rolled out at other Big Ten universities in order to model their pilot program. Their solution was largely to renovate existing tampon dispensaries to make them free of charge, purchasing new dispensaries when necessary.