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Period dignity officer job scrapped after massive backlash when man given women's health role

Charisa Bossinakis

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Period dignity officer job scrapped after massive backlash when man given women's health role

Scotland’s male period officer has been fired after the Period Dignity Working group faced backlash for giving the role to a man.

And, instead of listening to complaints and hiring a woman for the job, they have decided to cut the position entirely.

The Guardian reported that Jason Grant had been let go from serving as a period dignity officer after the initiative revealed they received numerous ‘threats and abuse’.

A spokesperson said via a statement: “It is regrettable that given the threats and abuse leveled at individuals in recent weeks, the period dignity regional lead officer role will not continue.

“Meanwhile, support will continue to be provided to the colleagues and students who have been subjected to personal attack. Their safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance.

Credit: Grainger PR
Credit: Grainger PR

“The group’s joint work to provide free period products is rooted in kindness. We therefore ask that the same spirit of kindness is extended to those involved, and that their privacy is respected.”

Last month, Grant was hired as the lead officer for the Tay region. 

The young man, who previously served as a student wellbeing counsellor, was set to work alongside the Period Dignity Working group to help distribute free period products in public areas while discussing issues of menopause.

However, his hiring sparked widespread outrage, with many believing that the role would lead men ‘mansplaining’ about periods to women.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova responded to the news via Twitter: “Does he menstruate? I somehow doubt it…”

Barrister Charlotte Proudman shared a similar sentiment: “In the UK, 1 in 10 girls can’t afford to buy menstrual products. I remember at school, girls used sanitary pads because tampons were unaffordable. 

“What experience does Jason Grant have of this? I'm all *for* men's support - but let's have women lead on our experiences.”

She continued to question why men must speak up for women’s issues to be taken ‘seriously’.

Following the backlash, a spokesperson for the group defended its decision, maintaining that Grant was the best person for the role.

According to BBC News, they stated: "The role builds on some fantastic work which has been gathering speed across the Tay region for several years, led by a passionate group of people of all genders, ages and backgrounds.

"By changing the culture, encouraging debate and removing the stigma around periods, we look forward to supporting the delivery of this important work across the region."

Come on guys, read the room. And maybe - just maybe - get a woman in the role instead instead of axing the whole thing?

Featured Image Credit: Grainger PR. Andriy Popov / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: News, UK News, Health, Sex and Relationships

Charisa Bossinakis
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