Post # 1
Because men do not have to buy tampons/pads and don’t need bras (unless they want them?) Should they be free because they are a necessity for women?
Bras and contraceptive pill are not so much of a necessity, but I’d like to hear what you think, if anything, should be free for women? Or nothing at all?
OR what items in life should be free for everyone?
We can only dream!
Post # 3
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
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
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
Maybe you should add a “nothing free” option on the poll, OP?
Post # 7
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
wearing a bra and taking the pill are both personal choices. Tampons should be subsidised. They are ridiculously overpriced.
Post # 9
I’m in the UK, all contraception is free.
Tampons should be either subsidised or free.
Post # 10
I vote for none. Men have to pay for things we don’t have to as well.
Post # 11
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
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
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.
Post # 14
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
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
subsidize= government in your life. why on earth would you want more government in your life?