Not to be outdone by Cory Booker’s “women are people” moment in the last debate, Beto O’Rourke decided to virtue signal his pro-woman accolades on Saturday by tweeting that “women across America don’t have access to the period products they need,” and since it is #NationalPeriodDay (who knew that was a thing?), that “men need to join women in demanding real change.” Beto wants “real change” and identifies as a man for the moment (at least until he needs a Hail Mary for his campaign) and he’s announced his support for the Menstrual Equity Act.
In detention centers and in prisons, in big cities and small towns, women across America don’t have access to the period products they need. On #NationalPeriodDay, men need to join women in demanding real change—which is why I’m supporting the Menstrual Equity Act.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 19, 2019
And yes, it appears that the Menstrual Equity Act is a real thing. H.R. 1882, otherwise known as the Menstrual Equity For All Act of 2019. Apparently Beto thinks women across America have never heard of a pharmacy. Oh but wait, this absurd legislation isn’t just for women! According to GovTrack, this legislation will “increase the availability and affordability of menstrual hygiene products for individuals with limited access, and for other purposes.”
Individuals. Because men have periods too! Duh! Beto may not have gotten that memo, but Cory Booker and Julián Castro did. They also tweeted about National Period Day, but didn’t single out women as being the only sex that actually needs menstrual products:
Too many people don't have access to basic health needs like menstrual products. Whether due to lack of income, incarceration or gender identity, it's outrageous. Join @periodmovement for #NationalPeriodDay on 10/19 & support the fight for menstrual equity https://t.co/M532VyvIf7
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 18, 2019
Every day, people are forced to choose between going to school or work, or staying home because they can’t afford the menstrual products they need.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 19, 2019
None of the three frontrunners (Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, or Bernie Sanders) have tweeted any acknowledgment of #NationalPeriodDay or the Menstrual Equity Act as of this writing.
And now you know there’s a National Period Day. You’re welcome, I guess.
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis