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Return of the Jeddy: Jedediah Bila slams call for subsidized tampons

Jeddie Bila
Jeddie Bila

Tampons as a human rights case...

Known for having the looks reminiscent of a 1940s Hollywood starlet, Jedediah "Jeddy" Bila is also known for being just as hard-as-nails as any '40s film tough guy. Case in point would be Bila's Aug. 14, 2014 article on the news portal where the diminutive pundit hammered a professional feminist's call for taxpayer subsidized tampons.

Jessica Valenti, best known as one of the beat reporters of everything liberal and/or feminist for the American edition of Britain's hard-left leaning The Guardian, Valenti recently opined of the need, nay, requirement for free tampons. Failing to cite who should pay for the feminine hygiene product for all women world-wide, it's understood Valenti expects someone else to spring for the cost. As Bila asked rhetorically, "Is Valenti suggesting that when I decide what's vital for my health, the justification thereby exists for it to be government subsidized? As in subsidized by other people?"

The liberal reporter used as her rationale the plight of poverty stricken women in Bangladesh and India. Valenti made note of "In countries where sanitary products are inaccessible or unaffordable, menstruation can mean missed school for girls..." Not done yet, she also referenced the predicament of women behind bars who "often don’t have access to sanitary products at all." Possibly forgetting that the incarcerated are already subsidized by the taxpayers, she also specifically slammed the states of California and New York for charging a sales tax on tampons. Somehow she managed to miss that the Golden State and the Empire State are among the highest taxed states in the nation, both are ran by Democrats.

Yet is wasn't so much the cost of the item in question that was the catalyst for the reporters call to action; she considers free tampons to be a human right. Referencing that both the United Nations and Human Rights Watch connected women's hygiene with human rights, Valenti further claimed that for all women everywhere, "getting your period means new expenses, days away from school and risking regular infections" largely because governments "don’t recognize feminine hygiene as a health issue."

In Valenti's defense are other publications known for their leftist leanings; Cosmopolitan and TIME fell in line with liberal conventional wisdom, referring to the call for free tampons a “compelling argument” and a “great idea.” Cosmopolitan writer Jill Filipovic added to her "compelling argument" comment by demanding that "Employers should offer free tampons in the bathroom" in order to foster a "female-friendly workplace."

Not the only member of the fairer sex to disagree with Valenti's cause célèbre, both Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner and Katie Yoder of News Busters held the freebie-wanting feminist to task. Yoder encapsulated Valenti's argument down to one very ponted sentence: "It's the terminus point of modern feminism: make the deeply personal very publicly political, and get someone else to pay for it!"

Also as Schow countered Valenti's argument:

'But this is less an issue of costliness than it is of principle: menstrual care is health care, and should be treated as such,' Valenti wrote. I would counter that food is something that 100 percent of the population needs, multiple times a day, every day of their lives. Shouldn’t that be treated as health care?

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