Kenny Ethan Jones is a British model who made history in 2018. He was the first trans man to front a period stigma campaign with Pink Parcel. Jones spoke about the psychical and psychological effects of menstrual pain he went through during his menstruation. He started advocating for transgender-inclusive menstrual health.
Kenny Ethan Jones talks about his first menstrual pain.
Jones did not come out as a trans man when he experienced his first period. He mentions that he faced both psychical and psychological pain during his menstruation. He felt like he was losing control and didn’t understand what was going on with his body. Jones said, “I felt isolated; everything about periods was tailored to girls, yet me, a boy, was experiencing this and nothing in the world documented that.”
“he didn’t feel like himself.”
Jones talked about safety concerns and how tarns people lack access to menstrual products. Jones currently experiences a wide range of challenges during that time of the month. Mostly he concerns himself when it comes to getting his hands on menstrual hygiene products.
Jones feels like it causes him a lot of dysphorias. This dysphoria is heightened when he has to shop for products that are labeled women’s health and the most common ones that are pretty and pink.
Many tarns men go through this sort of dysphoria during the process of transitioning. Especially when the individual does not go through medical transitioning. Some transgenders feel alienated when they come across products that are categorized as women’s products. They may even avoid purchasing them all together.
Always. The company makes a change.
People are reluctant to the idea that only women can experience periods. Well, that is not the case. There are trans men that also go through these experiences. like Jones, others also feel dysphoria when they come across omen centric products. Lately, menstrual-hygiene company Always removed the female “Venus” symbol from their sanitary packaging. This is a huge move towards inclusivity.
Always owner Procter & Gamble said that the company realized that not everyone who has a period or uses a pad should be identified as a woman. They updated their wrapper to ensure that anyone who needs to use a period products feels comfortable in doing so with Always.
Always made this decision in October 2019. This change was praised by many from the LGBTQ+ community. But it also got a lot of backlashes from anti-trans campaigners. Julie Bindel said, “Removing the female symbol from sanitary towel packaging is basically denying the existence of women.”
She also feels that by removing the symbol we are moving towards eliminating women’s biology. Feminists have been using this symbol for decades. She feels that the big corporate brands are capitulating to the trans agenda. Trans Actual, responded, “We’re quite frankly worried for the women whose sense of self is so fragile that the removal of a symbol from a packet of sanitary towels makes them feel ‘erased’.”
Despite all these comments from various people, Jones has no intention to stop advocating for more transgender-inclusive health care.
The hurdles trans men face during menstruation.
People face many hurdles during their menstruation cycle. The high cost of period supplies, lack of access to the products, safety concerns, and inadequate medical care are just a few of them. But they make a lot of difference to the individuals. All these problems were recently brought to light when the story Always removing the female sign from its sanitary products went viral.
It is hard for some to purchase sanitary products as they are quite expensive. Moreover, transgenders face unemployment and many face poverty. Due to this, it is harder for them to purchase the products they need.
Not only are trans impacted by the cost of the products but they find it harder to get access to them. Women restrooms have free access to pads and tampons. But those trans men who feel more comfortable using male restrooms will have no access to these free pads and tampons.
Homeless transgenders face more barriers when it comes to the issue. Women shelters will provide free access to tampons and pads. But male shelters will have little or no access for those who menstruate. There are many issues that trans men would face. Jones is one such trans who are willing to support the issue by advocating transgender-inclusive health care.
The largest survey of trans people in the US found that at least 60 percent of transgender respondents said they are too afraid to use public restrooms due to fear of confrontation. Most of them said they felt harassed in some places as well. Safety concerns are also one issue hat trans men have to face. Using men’s restrooms during the menstrual cycle can be a daunting task.