At an unnamed middle school, presumably in Texas, a group of teenage girls recently baked “tampon cookies” to protest a decision made by their school principal to not allow free tampon dispensers in the restrooms.
The protest made headlines after Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL / Pro-Choice America, made a tweet with a photo of the cookies. Hogue said that she found out about the protest because her friend’s 7th grader takes classes at the school where it happened. The Tweet has since gathered over 57,000 likes and over 10,000 comments since it was posted on October 29th.
My friend’s 7th grader goes to a school where the kids organized for free tampons in the bathroom. The male principle said no because they would “abuse the privilege.” The kids decided to stage a cookie protest. Behold the tampon cookies! pic.twitter.com/jz2KtbhOhS
— ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) October 30, 2019
There has been no response from the school or the principal about the protest, but Twitter seemed very supportive. Many of the people to comment on the post talked about how students who come from poor families may not have access to tampons and how there may be emergency situations where one is needed. There was also plenty of speculation about what the cookies were made out of, but no one could tell for sure.
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It is also very strange that the principal suggested that students would “abuse the privilege.”
“Looking forward to learning more about the tampon black market these kids would apparently embezzle school provided tampons to supply,” one reply said.
“I’m sure his response is based on his experience of kids abusing the privilege of access to free toilet paper and soap,” read another.
One of the top comments read, “Maybe the girls should demonstrate that they are not taking advantage of free tampons by returning them to the principal when they are finished with them.”
Another thing that frustrated the students about the principal’s rejection of the proposal was the fact that they had organized to have tampons paid for through donations, and the school wouldn’t have been financially responsible.