Yesterday, we asked you about your thoughts on the Tampax ad and its removal from Irish TV screens over on our Instagram. A majority of you were shocked and appalled that the ad had been removed, with 91% of you not having a problem with the ad in the first place.
Whilst it’s great that we can talk about periods in an attempt to normalise them, the implication of the ad being removed is that we should be ashamed of our periods. We hate to break it to the people who would like to keep us oppressed, but we’re not standing for this…
Period Poverty In Ireland
In Ireland, thousands of girls, women, and people who get a period are deprived of the basic human right that is access to sanitary products like pads and tampons. This is Period Poverty.
Why is this? Sanitary products cost an average of €4.50, and one box does not contain enough tampons or pads to last the average period length. So you have to buy at least 2 packs. We’re already at €9.00. Pain relief will also more than likely be needed at a cost of around €4.20, that’s about €13.20 per month.
So every year, your period costs about €158.40
Why Is Missy Fundraising To Help Period Poverty?
The Tampax tampon ad was recently banned from our TV screens, a decision made by the ASAI after receiving 84 complaints about it. Just let that sink in, on an island with a population of nearly 6 million, 84 people was enough to get this informative and fun ad off of our TV’s – mind boggling, we know.
This just goes to show that periods are still very much seen as a taboo topic. The implication of the decision to remove the ad is that those of us who get a period should be ashamed of doing so. Even for those who don’t get a period, the message remains the same – periods are not to be discussed in everyday life. Best leave period talk to be conducted in hushed tones behind closed doors, we don’t know about you, but this is something we won’t be standing for.
The Tampax ad was removed under the guise that it caused, and I quote, “general offense.” I don’t know about you, but the fact that people are having to use socks or toilet paper as make-shift sanitary products is the only thing we at Missy find offensive when it comes to periods.
This is why we are channelling our anger into something positive. Attempting to get the best out of a very negative situation by raising funds to purchase sanitary products and donate these products to various charities looking out for those who can’t afford such luxuries as a tampon… Last time we checked, having our period was far from glam or luxurious.
I Want To Get Involved!
We’re glad to hear it! To donate to our GoFundMe, aptly named “Missy.ie’ Fundraiser To Help Prevent Period Poverty”, simply follow this link!
Even the smallest of donations will help to provide sanitary products to someone who can’t afford them. Please share this link with family and friends, as we’d really love to reach our target!
Let's Talk Periods
We got some amazing feedback from you over on our Instagram stories, and we want to do even more to normalise periods and start a bigger conversation.
By producing content around periods that YOU actually want to see! Click here to take our survey, and check out our Instagram highlight ‘Period Talk’ if you missed out on the Tampax ad chat!
Will you be donating to the Missy.ie Fundraiser To Help Prevent Period Poverty?