The following story is not from The Onion even though it will be extremely hard to tell the difference.

Brown University, the prestigious Ivy League school in Rhode Island, is stocking all bathrooms on campus, male and female, with feminine hygiene products. The reason? Everybody menstruates!

Student body president Viet Nguyen has gathered 20 volunteers to deliver the supplies in the name of inclusivity for transgender students. He addressed some “confusion” via e-mail to students:

There’s been a lot of conversation about why pads and tampons are a necessity, not a luxury, but not a lot of action. We wanted to take it into our own hands. Low-income students struggle with having the necessary funding for food, let alone tampons.

We wanted to set a tone of trans-inclusivity, and not forget that they’re an important part of the population. I’d be naïve to say there won’t be push back. I’ve had questions about why we’re implementing this in male bathrooms as well. It’s an initial confusion, but people generally understand when we explain it.

Do the biology professors “generally understand” this?

Brown’s Undergraduate Finance Board is funding Nguyen’s endeavor, and administrators are praising the volunteer’s efforts. The school plans on collecting feedback and data to monitor the effectiveness of the program.

The move is backed by the National Organization for Women. Its president, Terry O’Neill said, “Feminine hygiene products are not a luxury. They’re as essential as toilet paper; just ask anyone who has ever struggled to obtain or afford them.”

“Students’ participation in school should not be hindered by insufficient access to this basic necessity,” she added. “Universities around the country should follow suit.”

I wish we could get back to the days when the only thing essential at an American university was an actual education.

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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