A British journalist has accused families who can't afford breakfast and sanitary products as simply being bad with their money.
The word poverty is normally associated with third world countries. Something that most of the people reading this article likely don't think about all too often as it isn't on their doorstep. Truth be told, it probably is. The definition of poverty encompasses a lot more than the extremes of the word. There are many people living in poverty in first world countries.
A subsection of poverty is a relatively new concept. Well, it has existed for a long time but never had a name. Period poverty. The unacceptable issue that many women can't afford adequate sanitary products. It is an issue the UK government is trying to tackle as it continues to put together a plan that will make sanitary products available for free to girls at school.
That's the good news. The bad news is there are men who wade in on the matter when truth be told, it has nothing to do with them. Journalist Marcus Stead did so recently and received a torrent of replies on social media for his comments. Stead wrote, "Can we please stop all this nonsense about people not being able to ‘afford’ to give their children breakfast or sanitary products?"
Can we please stop all this nonsense about people not being able to 'afford' to give their children breakfast or sanitary products? A bag of porridge to feed a family for a week costs £1. 3 packs of sanitary towels cost £1 in Home Bargains:https://t.co/ePhDTJeI1K— Marcus Stead (@MarcusStead) April 13, 2019
A controversial comment to say the least. Stead went on to write that UK chain Home Bargains sells sanitary towels for £1 ($1.30) per pack. Aside from the fact that products costing that little will almost definitely be extremely low quality, that is really only half the issue. The school initiative the government is attempting to roll out addresses parents who aren't buying their daughters sufficient products. A young schoolgirl is unlikely to have the confidence to waltz into a store to buy sanitary products should she need to.
Stead has understandably received a lot of flack for his comments and has tweeted further about the breakfast point he brought up. He also explained his comments in a little more detail when approached by Metro. Stead explained his point was that parents should be managing their budgets better. Either way, still an extremely controversial topic to weigh in on and perhaps not done in the best way.