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Mandating Menstruation Kits in Men’s Bathrooms: Promoting Inclusivity or Overreach?

All federal workplaces, including military bases, are set to mandate menstruation kits in men’s bathrooms to promote “inclusivity.”

Beginning December 15, all federally regulated workplaces and military installations across Canada must provide menstruation kits in men’s bathrooms, according to a directive issued by Employment and Social Development Canada.

The directive states that menstruation is a normal bodily process, and that menstrual products like pads and tampons are crucial for the well-being of individuals in Canada. These products allow those who menstruate to actively participate in both the workforce and society as a whole.

The new regulations mandate that menstrual products be provided to both the male and female bathrooms. “This means that every female-identified, male-identified and all-gender toilet rooms will need to have menstrual products,” the directive alleges.

“Unrestricted access to menstrual products better protects menstruating employees and makes sure that they feel safe to use the toilet room that best reflects their gender,” it continued.

Additionally, it is required by the regulation that employers ensure the provision of a covered receptacle for the proper disposal of menstrual products. This mandate specifies that in toilet rooms containing a single toilet, a disposal container must be present. In the case of rooms with multiple toilets, a disposal container must be provided in each individual toilet stall.

Ironically, the directive defines menstrual products as tampons “inserted into the vagina when menstruating, with or without an applicator” and pads which “absorb menstrual fluids by affixing to underwear during menstruation.” It fails to explain why these products would be used by men.

Already, some Canadian military bases have enforced the mandate, according to Veterans 4 Freedom, a human rights advocacy and veteran community group

“Now available in men’s washrooms across all Canadian Forces Bases,” a group posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, along with a picture of menstrual products in a male bathroom.

“Questions about mass departures from the CAF abound,” the group mused with a hint of sarcasm.

In recent years, workplaces under federal regulation have been making efforts to promote a culture of acceptance and inclusivity, with a focus on supporting LGBTQ+ individuals. These efforts have aimed to create a work environment that is welcoming and respectful for all employees, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In 2017, the Canada’s Senate passed the transgender rights bill, which adds “gender expression” and “gender identity” to Canada’s Human Rights Code and to the Criminal Code’s hate crime section.

Several months later, federal employees in Canada were obligated to participate in a compulsory course on feminist principles and gender equality, with the alternative of facing unspecified repercussions.

In 2018, Canadian Government employees tasked with connecting citizens to government services were told they can no longer refer to those citizens as “sir,” “madam,” or any other gender-specific term while doing so.

Advancing the LGBT cause has now become the standard for government bodies, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In the summer of 2023, Prime Minister Trudeau took part in the annual “pride” flag raising ceremony held on Parliament Hill, thereby giving permission for the flag to flutter above Canada’s seat of government.

In August 2023, Elections Canada, the agency that is supposed to be neutral and in charge of overseeing federal elections in Canada, declared that they will be displaying the gay “pride” flag at their main office in downtown Ottawa. This has led Canadians to question the true allegiance of the organization.

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