Parkland Student Carries Tampons In Clear Backpack To Raise Awareness About Women's Health Issues

"Steps must be taken to make these health products easier to access."

On Monday, a new rule went into effect at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School which requires students to carry their belongings in clear backpacks. The rule is one of the changes the school has made after a former student carried an AR-15 into the school and killed 17 people. Many students have protested the school's new clear-bag policy because they believe it's invasive, unnecessary, and won't prevent further shootings. "Unless they're bullet-proof, I don't feel much safer," Cameron Kasky, school shooting survivor and activist, wrote on Twitter.

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Kasky, one of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students behind the Never Again movement, saw the change as an opportunity to raise awareness about another issue: women's health. On Tuesday, he went to school with a clear backpack filled with tampons to shine a light on how feminine hygiene products are still inaccessible to many women

"I only got lights. I didn't know. Getting supers for tomorrow," Kasky wrote on Twitter. "Sizes, pricing... I'm learning new things about women's health right now. This stuff is expensive. Steps must be taken to make these health products easier to access." 

Currently, feminine hygiene products are seen as "luxury goods" instead of necessary items and are taxed as such. Several states, including Florida, are working to make tampons and other sanitary products tax-exempt so that more women have access to them.

In addition to pointing out that women's period products should be more affordable, Kasky is helping to de-stigmatize periods so that his classmates don't feel as embarrassed to have their own tampons and pads on display. There is still so much taboo surrounding menstruation, so many girls and women prefer to keep their sanitary products private. However, the new see-through backpack policy violates their privacy. 

In an ideal world, girls and women would feel confident instead of insecure when they have their period, but we still have a long way to go. Though Kasky's backpack filled with tampons is a small act, it's a step in the right direction. 

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