Transgender Activists Applaud P&G Plan to Cut Female Symbol from Product Packaging

Always sanitary napkins
Always sanitary napkins

Proctor and Gamble, the maker of Always menstruation products, announced this week that it would stop printing the Venus symbol — the universally recognized symbol for womanhood and femininity — on the wrappers of its sanitary napkins in order to be more inclusive and accommodating for transgender and non-binary customers.

“For over 35 years Always has championed girls and women, and we will continue to do so,” the company said in a statement. “We’re also committed to diversity and inclusion and are on a continual journey to understand the needs of all of our consumers.”

The move comes after activists for the rights of transgender individuals suggested that use of the symbol might be off-putting to trans men who may menstruate and need the product but do not identify themselves as female. Supporters applauded P&G for its decision.

Steph deNormand, the Trans Health Program manager at Fenway Health in Boston, told NBC that seeing “female-coded” imagery can cause anxiety among trans and gender-nonconforming people and prevent them from purchasing or accessing sanitary products.

“For folks using these products on a nearly monthly basis, it can be harmful and distressing to see binary/gendered images, coding, language and symbols. So, using less coded products can make a huge difference,” deNormand said. “Trans and nonbinary folks are constantly misgendered, and a gesture like this can broaden out the experiences and open up spaces for those who need the products.”

Conservative commentators, however, described the move as excessively subservient to a tiny, vocal minority. Headlines about the move in conservative media accused P&G of “caving” to “radical” activists. Comments on social media were even more vituperative.

P&G said products in the new packaging would begin appearing on shelves in 2020.

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General Confusion
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“Anyone know the reason why salt is refered to as sodium?” Read the Bible. [SomebodyObsessedWithHisTool]

Nope. Considering that sodium (Na = Natrium) is an element and what you call salt is actually a compound called sodium chloride.

Are you conflating the sodium that helps to make table salt with Sodom & Gomorrah? Because the element used in its destruction was sulphur.

You got me all confused now, so help us all out. What Are you talking about?

General Confusion
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“Anyone remember why Noah built an ark?” [SomebodyObsessedWithHisTool]

Nobody on Earth ever built an ark, except Ken Ham, who wasted millions in public money, had a few hundred construction workers, spent a few years using modern building techniques, materials, and tools or machinery to build something that could never get the original job done OR float, let alone survive a real flood.

You have been duped.

Bonnie Keever
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Boycott these idiots

Matthew Jacobs
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Ok…I’ll ask:
Why is a Male who thinks he is a Woman a Customer in need of tampons

Nancy Assaf
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I’m looking for the Venus symbol. Can’t find it. Thought it was a circle with a cross on an outgoing shaft. Anybody?

Don Snyder
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The move comes after activists for the rights of transgender individuals suggested that use of the symbol might be off-putting to trans men who may menstruate and need the product but do not identify themselves as female. Supporters applauded P&G for its decision. Seriously, if you can’t figure out what sex you are, how is changing a symbol on a package going to help you? I would like to formally complain on record about 7-11s use of gender specific cups for my Big Gulp. Small, large, etc. I can’t figure which size to use. If only it were gender neutral.… Read more »

Jabbers99
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What a freak show.

Sherri
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Always pandering – accurate.

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