25 8 / 2014
feministjewishfangirl said: Hi! I stumbled across your website after a friend mentioned her cloth pads. I think this is really cool, but why do you use gendered language? It's cissexist. I'm actually really disappointed; you seem like such a progressive initiative, and even apart from that it doesn't make good business sense. I guess my question is, why do you exclude people who menstruate and aren't women?
Hi! Good question. It’s a tricky spot we’re in—for the most part, our customers do identify with gender-indicating words ‘woman’ (or words like “feminine,” etc) and so it’s a word and type of language we use a lot, simply because the majority of our customers respond well to it, and we exist to serve our customers.
However, we firmly believe that not all women menstruate, and not all who menstruate are women! We recently made a change to some packaging by removing the words ‘for women’ and adding ‘for menstruation’ in its place for that very reason. (This was actually prompted by a tweet from a customer, so do know that we take your feedback seriously!)
So please know that we make a conscious effort to be inclusive to all menstruators, regardless of how they identify! We’re a small business that’s doing our best to be inclusive, but sometimes we aren’t perfect (despite our best efforts!) ;)
Thanks for getting in touch with us!
13 8 / 2014