Anna Chinn asks about why menstrual cups are not more popular. Her answer:
money: a consumer economy must be supported by a throwaway society, and so disposable sanitary products are preferred by the people with the biggest advertising budgets.
She also notes that these people are mostly men:
Johnson & Johnson chairman and chief executive William C. Weldon also makes an awful lot of money from tampons. His company owns the Carefree brand. In 2009, according to corporate research firm Equilar, he earned $US22,830,834.
Menstrual cups by contrast seems to women-run businesses:
A nice thing about menstrual cups is the various brands all seem to be manufactured and marketed by small businesses run by women. Good. I prefer the idea of women making a lot of money from menstruation, if anyone has to.
the Handsome Young Man Project will be a whole new leg to Sustainable Cycles advocacy. Because men like contests, being told they are handsome and young, talking to women, and also prizes, each enthusiastic man who decides to be part of the project will join the Handsome Young Man Face book group and compete to see who can do the best sustainable menstruation activism by the end of 2011. The project will be based on the honor code. For every woman that he sensitively convinces to switch to using a sustainable option, the handsome young man gets one point. There are also additional points available, with discretion, for getting articles published, putting up flyers, bringing it up at a club meeting, etc, but for the most part, we want to encourage the men to talk to their close friends, sisters, mothers, or girlfriends.
“A recent study done by Linda Scott of Oxford’s Said Business School demonstrates that menstruation is a significant barrier precluding Ghanaian girls from school, and that free menstrual supplies given to secondary school girls have been proven effective in overcoming that barrier. The study found that girls who were given pads reduced absenteeism from 21 percent to 9 percent.”—Grown Learn Give