Scottish group appoints man as first period regional dignity officer |  Menstruation

Scottish group appoints man as first period regional dignity officer | Menstruation

Scottish group appoints man as first period regional dignity officer |  Menstruation

The appointment of a man to a new regional role advocating period dignity has drawn criticism and consternation.

Jason Grant, who has a background in tobacco sales and as a personal trainer, was appointed Regional Dignity Period Officer in Charge for the Tay region earlier this week, in what is believed to be the leading role of its kind in the country and prompted by groundbreaking women’s health legislation.

But his nomination received an incredulous response. Former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova tweeted: “This is just f****** ridiculous”, adding: “Have we ever tried to teach men how to shave or how to take care of their prostates or whatever?!? This is nonsense.”

Other commentators immediately linked Grant’s appointment – who is funded by the Scottish government but chosen by a local team of councils and colleges – to Holyrood’s recent rows over sex and gender.

But SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford told Sky News it was “far better to have women in these positions than anyone else”.

“It’s a policy we should all be proud of. Ultimately, I think there should be a priority to have women in place in these positions.

Scotland was the first country in the world to provide free and universal access to vintage goods when it passed the Vintage Goods (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021, which became law this week.

Monica Lennon, the Scottish Labor MSP who led a four-year campaign that changed the public discourse on menstruation, said it was important that women’s voices were not crowded out.

“Inclusive period dignity is central to the Periodic Products Act. Actively promoting free universal access to menstrual products and investing in menstrual health and wellness will help eradicate stigma, misogyny and inequality.

“Men have a role to play in taking on leadership roles and contributing to positive and respectful conversations while ensuring that the voices of women, girls and people who menstruate are never crowded out.”

A spokesman for the period Dignity Task Force, which includes Dundee and Angus College, Angus Council, Dundee City Council and Perth College UHI, stressed that the role was largely focused on project management.

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

In a press release announcing his appointment, Grant said: “I think being a man will help me break down barriers, reduce stigma and encourage more open discussions. Although they directly affect women , menstruation is a problem for everyone.We will also raise awareness of menopause which, although a natural process for women, has wider repercussions in the world of work and family.

“It’s time to normalize these topics and get real around the subject. I believe I can make strides by proving this isn’t just a women’s topic, encouraging conversations across all genders, and educating and engaging new audiences.

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