The transgender lobby is being accused of “erasing women” by insisting that symbols representing femininity be removed from sanitary towels.
Women took to social media to express outrage after it became known that sanitary products maker, Always, had removed the ‘Venus’ symbol representing women from its wrapping.
Transgender activists, born female but now identifying as male, said they required sanitary towels each month but did not want to be refleted as women in the company’s packaging.
One well-known commentator, Caroline Farrow, described the move as part of a trend that was “erasing women”.
So that’s ‘Always’ boycotted in my family where there are 5 females. Men cannot have periods. Stop erasing women.
— Caroline Farrow (@CF_Farrow) October 20, 2019
It’s the latest in a series of actions against corporations by transgender activists which has seen companies cave in to a tiny minority for fear of bad publicity.
Recently Flora margarine stopped advertising on Mumsnet because transgender lobbyists called for a boycott when women on the parenting website posted that they had concerns about safety and privacy in changing rooms, toilets, prisons or refuges if men could be treated as women by simply declaring that to be the case.
Now, the Daily Mail reports, the maker of Always sanitary pads has given in to claims of discrimination by transgender men.
Another activist, Ben Saunders – named young campaigner of the year by LGBT charity Stonewall in May after making a documentary about being transgender – contacted the sanitary pad makers in June to complain, the Mail reports. .
According to the Daily Mail
The Always marketing team replied with a comment that Saunders, 18, posted on Twitter, reading: ‘We are glad to inform you that as of December we will use a wrapper design without the feminine symbol.’
The message stated that sanitary towels with the new packaging would hit the stores by January 2020 and added: ‘We are absolutely grateful for having people like you voicing their opinions.’
But many of Always’s female customers have responded angrily to the move and are vowing to switch to other sanitary products.
Leading feminist campaigner Julie Bindel told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Removing the female symbol from sanitary towel packaging is basically denying the existence of women.
‘We’re now moving towards the total elimination of women’s biology. The women’s symbol has been used by feminists for decades. This is pure cowardice and virtue signalling from these big corporate brands who are capitulating to the trans agenda.’