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Cornell University is expanding and rebranding its free menstrual products initiative to be gender-neutral while providing free “mxnstrual” products in men’s bathrooms.
“As of 2017, they had put menstrual products in women’s and gender-neutral bathrooms on campus,” Joseph Mullen, vice president of internal operations on the Student Assembly told The Cornell Daily Sun. “In 2020, they decided to put them in all bathrooms on campus, and the rationale behind that was that regardless of how people identify biologically or gender-wise, everybody should get access to these products.”
The products are provided through an initiative called “Free Period Products,” which started in 2016 as a partnership with Cornell and two student-led advocacy groups including the Gender Justice Advocacy Coalition (GJAC) and Student Assembly Infrastructure Fund Commission (CSAIFC).
“The impetus behind the initiative is simple,” GJAC president Clara Drimmer wrote in an email. “Toilet paper is free in any public bathroom. Why shouldn’t period products be free for all people who need them?”
These baskets are in all the mxn’s bathrooms at Cornell University pic.twitter.com/FuP7qm56Qx
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) November 7, 2021
Over 200,000 free products including tampons, pads, and liners were provided at Cornell’s campus for the 2020-2021 school year although organizers feared they may not be able to find long-term funding and claimed they risk running out of products by the end of the spring semester.
This may be due, at least in part, to what some have suggested should happen if one were to encounter the baskets of free toiletries being offered in the educational institution’s bathrooms.
I’m convinced there are no actual men at Cornell since no one has sh!t in that thing. Come on guys? Between Upper Deckers and shitting in the urinals, how has no man pinched a loaf directly in the basket yet?
— Jay Spadie (@JSpadie) November 7, 2021
Free? Cool, I’ll take them all and put them in the trash can.
— ℝ𝕁 𝔾𝕒𝕣𝕟𝕖𝕣 👮 (@RJGarnerAuthor) November 7, 2021
Ellie Month, former chair of the CSAIFC explained the big change in attitude towards the free products being offered in bathrooms for both sexes.
“The thought of having menstrual products in all bathrooms was really taboo for the University,” she said.
But it appears that some people still feel this way.
This is Mxntal!
— Raj (@justwondered1) November 7, 2021
Others pointed out logistical concerns with the spelling and pronunciation of the apparently newly-coined gender-neutral term.
How in the name of cthulhu do you even pronounce mxn?
— Goth Daddy (@ApatheticMystic) November 7, 2021
The “mens” in “menstrual” means monthly… this is supposed to be a good university?
— CDaemon (@fco_fede) November 7, 2021
There is also the functional aspect to the “mxnstruel” products being offered, with many wondering just how a biological male is supposed to utilize a vaginally inserted device.
Where does a mxn stick this product?
— Chris Gore (@ChrisGo71312861) November 7, 2021
Ummm if a dude is bleeding out of his ass or penis they might wanna see a doctor instead of just sticking a tampon in the hole.
— Edgar (@edgar13c) November 7, 2021
So basically a grown man is going in there to FIT himself for obviously for a maxi pad because obviously a tampon won’t work? This is like a twisted adult version of playing dress-up.
— al biagiarelli (@AlBiagiarelli) November 7, 2021
Some showed their support for the initiative because it “makes everyone feel seen and supported and it hurts no one.”
The “mxnstrual” part is stupid but having sanitary products in all bathrooms is a good thing. It makes everyone feel seen and supported and it hurts no one.
— Jamie Watts (@cheez_ELLS) November 7, 2021
Several others pointed to the bigger problem that this program may present for humanity as a whole.
I’ve been on the planet for a long time now and it is evident to me that society is on a steep decline to complete insanity. It seems the less problems we have, the more we invent for ourselves..
— Reginald Jackson (@Darrencliff4) November 7, 2021
Time to build new institutions of higher learning to prepare for a breakaway civilization in the future.
— Dr. Rob Covell (@CovellRob) November 7, 2021
after reading comments our country is so screwed
— Craig Carl (@craigcarl) November 7, 2021
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