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Post by Syl on Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:48 pm

I saw something on Friday that made me stop and think. My local bank had a box with sanitary protection in in, they were appealing for people to buy female pads and tampons to donate to local schools.

In this supposedly wealthy country, where people have so much more than they did in the 40's and 50's, a time when no matter how poor people were they managed to buy the basics, why are banks, supermarkets and (and TV ads) appealing for donations so young girls can carry on with their education when they have a period.

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Post by Vintage on Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:02 pm

There are some who say women shouldn't pay at all for pads or tampons, yet you can get protection for £1 these days you may need to invest £2 though, the quality may not be as good as the more expensive alternatives. In our house any money coming in, my father's wage, my mother's money from cleaning other peoples houses nd doing their washing just about covered everything, there was little to spare but we managed to cover hygiene products. Having said that I do know families that are really struggling, even some times falling behind on the rent as their income doesn't cover all their needs, they don't go out or on holiday, don't have Sky or the internet, which is a bit of a blow for the two children in school as most everyone else does have it and they can look things up (they come and use mine if needed and in school). So maybe some people can't afford even a pound these days.

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Post by Syl on Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:08 pm

Vintage wrote:There are some who say women shouldn't pay at all for pads or tampons, yet you can get protection for £1 these days you may need to invest £2 though, the quality may not be as good as the more expensive alternatives. In our house any money coming in, my father's wage, my mother's money from cleaning other peoples houses nd doing their washing just about covered everything, there was little to spare but we managed to cover hygiene products. Having said that I do know families that are really struggling, even some times falling behind on the rent as their income doesn't cover all their needs, they don't go out or on holiday, don't have Sky or the internet, which is a bit of a blow for the two children in school as most everyone else does have it and they can look things up (they come and use mine if needed and in school). So maybe some people can't afford even a pound these days.

What a sad state of affairs.

I grew up with a single mum, we literally lived hand to mouth a lot of the time, often walking 5 miles to work and back because we had no bus fare....obviously we, like many others didnt have cars, TV's, holidays, any of the modern stuff people take for granted, but we always managed to buy sanitary protection...and there were 3 of us females in the home.


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Post by Didge on Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:12 pm

Syl wrote:I saw something on Friday that made me stop and think. My local bank had a box with sanitary protection in in, they were appealing for people to buy female pads and tampons to donate to local schools.

In this supposedly wealthy country, where people have so much more than they did in the 40's and 50's, a time when no matter how poor people were they managed to buy the basics, why are banks, supermarkets and (and TV ads)  appealing for donations so young girls can carry on with their education when they have a period.


Because they have an ulterior motive.

Its called advestizement

As what the banks and Supermarkets should be doing is buying them and donating to the schools

Tampons should be free in schools anyway

https://www.pink-parcel.com/uk/periods/free-tampons-in-uk-schools-lets-make-it-happen/

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Post by Syl on Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:12 pm

Food banks are on the increase every week, more homeless begging on the streets than at any other time, now people are being asked to donate san protection for schoolgirls....it's like being transported back to Dickensian times.

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Post by Syl on Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:29 pm

Didge wrote:
Syl wrote:I saw something on Friday that made me stop and think. My local bank had a box with sanitary protection in in, they were appealing for people to buy female pads and tampons to donate to local schools.

In this supposedly wealthy country, where people have so much more than they did in the 40's and 50's, a time when no matter how poor people were they managed to buy the basics, why are banks, supermarkets and (and TV ads)  appealing for donations so young girls can carry on with their education when they have a period.


Because they have an ulterior motive.

Its called advestizement

As what the banks and Supermarkets should be doing is buying them and donating to the schools

Tampons should be free in schools anyway

https://www.pink-parcel.com/uk/periods/free-tampons-in-uk-schools-lets-make-it-happen/

So it even has a name now 'Period poverty'.
What happens when school is out....presumably the girls will have to buy their own sanitary protection then.
This will become like when kids who get free school meals, in the holidays they go hungry, so reliant are the parents on someone else feeding their kids.

I cant help thinking that perhaps parents should manage their budgets better so as to include healthy food and toiletry basics for their kids. Not long ago a story came out that many schools were providing soap and soap powder because kids were turning up to school unwashed and  in dirty clothes.
Surely parents have to be responsible for some things if they choose to have children.

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Post by Vintage on Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:35 pm

So much for the trickle down theory. The rich are getting vastly richer, as far as that goes I don't particularly care, provided everyone else has a decent wage and standard of living. I do care that ordinary people are struggling and poor people are on their uppers, no real jobs anymore that will pay a living wage for anyone that isn't in managment, not everyone will achieve such status, what happens to them?
Small businesses are being squeezed to death by the health and safety/ liability insurance boa constrictor, its difficult to start from nothing and build up these days, my great aunt started a shop in her front room selling lemonade and built up to a 'proper' shop in a couple of years and eventually owned three shops and a few houses, a family friend began a coach business with one aged bus and ended up with a fleet of coaches for her son and his family to continue with, you'd not be allowed to do so now, with the said health and safety (of course vehicles have to be road worthy) start up loans and business plans (selling your soul)because if you need vehicles you have to buy new apparently, Britain used to be called a land of shop keepers and small businesses, not any more with the cost of everything insurance, mot's etc soaring.

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Post by Syl on Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:01 pm

Vintage wrote:So much for the trickle down theory. The rich are getting vastly richer, as far as that goes I don't particularly care, provided everyone else has a decent wage and standard of living. I do care that ordinary people are struggling and poor people are on their uppers, no real jobs anymore that will pay a living wage for anyone that isn't in managment, not everyone will achieve such status, what happens to them?
Small businesses are being squeezed to death by the health and safety/ liability insurance boa constrictor, its difficult to start from nothing and build up these days, my great aunt started a shop in her front room selling lemonade and built up to a 'proper' shop in a couple of years and eventually owned three shops and a few houses, a family friend began a coach business with one aged bus and ended up with a fleet of coaches for her son and his family to continue with, you'd not be allowed to do so now, with the said health and safety (of course vehicles have to be road worthy) start up loans and business plans (selling your soul)because if you need vehicles you have to buy new apparently, Britain used to be called a land of shop keepers and small businesses, not any more with the cost of everything insurance, mot's etc soaring.
The rich are definitely getting richer....I dont know the figure but the vast amount of wealth in this country is owned by a tiny minority.....and we only have to read of huge pay outs and bonuses to people who are running the banks and large corporations into the ground to see how corrupt the system here is.

Britain was a land of shopkeepers and family businesses once, the corner shop was like the corner pub...places to socialise, but huge out of town sheds selling everything, plus the fact that first Jewish people, now Asian people have taken over the corner shops and run them better have seen most indigenous Brits leave that market. Pubs are closing at an alarming rate too...and most well established small family businesses have long disappeared.

People are now seeing the decline of the NHS and education standards are dropping...….and the final humiliation  is seeing people   begging for sanitary protection for schoolkids.

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Post by Vintage on Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:37 pm

I don't want to be overly dramatic but it all seems to be going the way of a sci fi scenario, a few extremely rich affording the good life with what little resources there are left and the vast majority of people having no homes, no income, no education no medical resources, very little food and willing to sell their soul for a piece of bread. Humans are their own worst enemy.

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Post by Syl on Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:26 pm

Vintage wrote:I don't want to be overly dramatic but it all seems to be going the way of a sci fi scenario, a few extremely rich affording the good life with what little resources there are left and the vast majority of people having no homes, no income, no education no medical resources, very little food and willing to sell their soul for a piece of bread. Humans are their own worst enemy.

The rich and greedy are everyones enemy, and thats why so many people are now needing handouts.

The sanitary protection donation appeal in the bank seemed to me to be about as low as a supposedly rich country like ours can get....it truly seems like some are now living in dire poverty whilst the rich get richer.

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Post by Raggamuffin on Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:54 am

How absurd.

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Post by Raggamuffin on Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:55 am

Oh, and I think the thread title could have been a bit more specific. Laughing

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Post by Syl on Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:24 pm

Raggamuffin wrote:Oh, and I think the thread title could have been a bit more specific. Laughing

You are right, it doesn't give much away about the topic of the thread does it?scratch

But when I saw the bargain basement box in the bank asking for the donations I just looked at it and thought 'Why'?
Maybe 'How have we sunk so low?' would have been a better title.

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