(Closed) Because men do not have to buy them, should these items be free for women?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: I would like the following to be free for women...
    Tampons/Pads : (64 votes)
    28 %
    Contraceptive Pill : (119 votes)
    53 %
    Bras : (19 votes)
    8 %
    Other? Please tell.. : (23 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    9674 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    I don’t think they should be free at all, except for people in dire need who are homeless/poor/suffering after natural disaster. If you can afford it you should buy it.

    Toilet paper isn’t free, I don’t think it should be free, and I don’t think pads/tampons should be free.

    Post # 4
    3692 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Nothing is “free.”  Somebody, somewhere is paying for it.  If the governement is handing stuff out, the taxpayers are paying for it.  The more stuff the governement gives away, the more taxes people pay.  Frankly, I’d rather buy those items on my own and still be in charge of how the money I earn is spent.  (that excludes things like public roads, police, fire, etc. — I’m fine with paying for those)

    Post # 5
    7673 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think a reasonable case can be made for free contraception, given the cost to society of unwanted pregnancy.

    But the other stuff… meh, it’s just life.

    Post # 6
    7560 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @paula1248:  Agreed. 

    Maybe you should add a “nothing free” option on the poll, OP?

    Post # 7
    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I personally believe in universal health care, universal healthcare is ‘free’ when you use it. Therefore I believe the contraceptive pill should be free, especially as it not only covers not getting pregnant, but for a number of woman controls hormonal conditions as well.

    Post # 8
    942 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    wearing a bra and taking the pill are both personal choices. Tampons should be subsidised. They are ridiculously overpriced.

    Post # 9
    923 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I’m in the UK, all contraception is free.

    Tampons should be either subsidised or free.  

    Post # 10
    2493 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I vote for none. Men have to pay for things we don’t have to as well.

    Post # 11
    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Bras and tampons are personal care items, along the lines of toothpaste and socks. So I don’t think they should be subsidized. Birth control pills I believe should be subsidized. Condoms should likewise be subsidized. Vasectomies, tied tubes, mirena’s, subsidize all of that. Electric razors, which are primarily a man’s item, should not be subsidized.

    Post # 12
    1092 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Birth control nets a societal good- less unplanned pregnancy- so I think there’s a case for subsidizing that so that it’s either free or supercheap (like a couple dollars a month). 

    The rest of it is available at widely varying price points, so I mean, to an extent I don’t think it should be free because as PP’s pointed out, nothing is really free.  Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to be able to buy a bra for under $75 a pop, but I guess if worst came to worst I could just go without…

    Post # 13
    2224 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    You’re gonna pay for it at some point, don’t forget. Even just the production of items such as tampons and pills and pads and bras costs money. You can’t support the creation of an item if the materials and labor are not being paid for. It just won’t last. And why should the government or any other organization pay for these things for EVERYONE? I can see donating to people in need and if this is something you feel strongly about I would suggest you do so, but otherwise, for everyone else, just buy your damn tampons. Wink

    Post # 14
    1304 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Ugh, nothing is free.

    As a general rule, if you want something, you should go earn some money to pay for it.  Subsidies are for two things: (1) for people who, despite have exhausted all their options, still are unable to make ends meet, or (2) as incentives that encourage people to behave in desirable-to-the-government ways (e.g., the mortgage subsidy encourages people to own their own homes).

    Post # 15
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Bras and contraception are personal choices, therefore should not be free.  pads and tampons are free at many women’s health clinics, however if you want high quality brands such as Tampax, yes you should pay for them. 

    Post # 16
    305 posts
    Helper bee

    subsidize= government in your life. why on earth would you want more government in your life? 

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