University students in South Carolina are protesting the removal of tampon dispensers from men’s restrooms following complaints from a conservative student group.
Last month, Clemson College Republicans voiced their criticism of X.
“If you didn’t know, Clemson University has tampon/pad dispensers in the MEN’S restrooms in Cooper Library,” the group wrote. “We really live in a (clown) world.”
The dispensers were reportedly destroyed and removed from the toilet within days.
In response, a group of about 50 Clemson students demonstrated last week, demanding that the feminine products be made available again in the library’s men’s rooms. WSPA reported.
Protest organizers Take Back Pride said the donor was “unjustified” removed from the restroom and called for a reprimand of the College Republicans for their role in the removal. The college fix reported.
“Queer people on this campus are not just going to magically disappear,” student organizer Pan Tankersley told the website.
“So instead of working against us by, for example, removing menstrual products from men’s toilets and making people feel unwelcome, there should be support for the community that is already struggling to feel safe here.”
Trevor Tiedeman, chairman of the College Republicans, told WSPA, “Men will be men. Women are women. Of course men can’t menstruate. Of course we spoke out against it. Of course these people think the opposite and that’s why they’re out here protesting.”
He emphasized: “We simply stood up for biological reality. They reject our beliefs and want us removed from campus.”
The sanitary products were originally funded by Clemson’s Graduate Student Government and installed last November by The Period Project, a national organization that aims to make menstrual products accessible to those who need them, according to a student effort The Tiger reported.
According to The College Fix, Tiedeman believes those who installed the dispensers should be fired.
Conservative social affairs group chairman Bailey Nye added: “It’s unfair that they’re taking these (free menstrual products) away from women. “It’s wrong to take tampons away from most people who actually use them.”
There are no plans to reinstall the product dispensers in men’s restrooms, but a Clemson University spokesman, Joe Galbraith, told The Tiger that the items are still available in women’s and family restrooms.
Recommended by Editorial
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak declares: “A man is a man and a woman is a woman.”
Two transgender candidates will compete in Miss Universe in November
Plans to accommodate transgender swimmers at a World Cup meet have been scrapped