Tom Magazzu - Editor

The days of reality, truth, and fact really weren’t that long ago. Sure, a few were waiting to board the comet Hale-Bopp, and occasionally someone might think he could fly like a bird from a cliff’s edge if he flapped his arms fast enough. However, we knew those people needed help. They were just disassociating from reality. Everyone else knew it and took it at face value.

Now, entire companies are flaking-out and they seem happy to let us know.

Always, a Proctor & Gamble brand of feminine products, recently announced it will be removing the Venus symbol from some of its product packaging. The astrological symbol recognizes the goddess Venus and all things female-oriented. Other than knowing that I am an Aquarian and my wife is Pisces, astrology means nothing to me. However, it does - or did - to Always.

Always noted in a recent statement, “We are committed to diversity and inclusion. We are on a continual journey to understand the needs of all of our consumers.”

This isn’t something new for the feminine product market. Glamour magazine fawned over the position taken by a new menstruation products company, ‘Aunt Flow’ a couple of years ago.

“There’s also the recognition that it’s not just cisgender women who get periods; Trans men and people who don’t identify as one gender get them too, so the company has eliminated the gendered pronouns of her and she from their materials.”

Two years before that, Thinx, an underwear brand designed to be worn during periods, apologized during ‘Transgender Awareness Week’ for focusing its brand too much on women. The brand said, “We want to remind people that menstruation is not a trait of, nor a defining factor of, a specific gender. It is something that can occur amongst all people.”

And don’t think Planned Parenthood will miss out: “Not everybody who gets a period identifies as a girl or woman. Transgender men and genderqueer people who have uteruses, vaginas, fallopian tubes, and ovaries also get their periods.”

The slight change by Always is really no big deal in the scheme of things, but the public position is.

Thinx’ philosophy may or may not impact sales.

Can PP even be trusted with our tax dollars with statements like those above. And how can they be honest with women who are pregnant?

The whole premise perpetuates a fraud.

I was shaking my head the other day when I read that a ‘cisgender’ male can also know what it is like to carry a child in pregnancy, because he carried half of that child in his loins beforehand. That statement is lunacy. It’s hardly even worth comment.

I have seen many comments like, There are no rules here. People should be allowed room to explore their gender, to self-determine what that is, to change it as much or as often as necessary, or to not be gendered at all.

They SHOULD be allowed to do as they please, but not turn science upside down during the search. There are inherently female realities like periods and pregnancies, no matter if one considers themselves as gender-neutral, trans, non-binary, or one of the dozens of other variations.

Only females have periods. Identifying as a man won’t eliminate that fact any more than men identifying as women will suddenly create that menstruation cycle. They are certainly entitled to their personal search for as long as they would like to embark. However, companies, educational institutions, government entities that go along with this and allocate resources are simply adding to the confusion and acting irresponsibly. If they cannot accept reality, how can they be trusted by their dedicated customers? And when are women going to stand in unison and say they have had enough?

A man DOES NOT KNOW what a woman personally goes through for decades during menstruation. He cannot use feminine products for their designed / intended use no matter what he perceives or how they are packaged. It doesn’t matter if he identifies as a woman.

And he certainly doesn’t know what pregnancy or childbirth is like.