Country Living Series

Friday, December 12, 2014

Government permission to menstruate?

Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Government Permission to Menstruate?


I am so ticked off at the need to write this column I could just spit nails. I urge everyone to read the column, visit the linked site to The Organic Prepper, and sign the online petition.

23 comments:

  1. What in the world?!?!
    I also use them and have been very pleased. My daughter is 10 and doesn't need them yet. But, I guess I had better spend some of my Christmas money and get some for her before the businesses disappear.

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  2. I suppose we should stop being surprised by these overreaches but it always makes my jaw drop! I hope that these ladies with the businesses can think of a new name for their products so they can continue in business. I'm thinking mini chair pads for women! Sigh...it really isn't getting any better is it?

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    1. Kathy - what a brilliant idea - "mini chair pads for women" - bahahahahah!

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    2. Love the rebranding idea! Maybe even rebrand as something men buy to keep their women happy. Come up with the best 'reclassification' possible. Maybe "the STRONG chair protector" :-)

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  3. Thank you for the info Mrs. Lewis. This is simply appalling.

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  4. I've thought for quite some time that the FDA was a corrupt, ridiculous organization functioning as a enforcement agency for big -- and usually dangerous -- businesses. This is an excellent example for idiocy run amuck. Apparently some big company (or companies) sees profits to made in this field and are using their goon squad to squash any and all competition.

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    1. dave f.
      you may be too young to remember some years ago when a chinese guy took the fall for corruption at the fda and was expelled from this country?
      he went home to china with his ill-gotten lucre.
      some at the fda have tried to get the place cleaned out.
      what do you bet they have suffered for the whistle blowing?
      the place exists to serve the money. period.
      deb h.

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  5. Patrice - as you and the others have said - this is ridiculously absurd! i read the article that you linked to by The Organic Prepper, and also read all of the comments. one commentor linked to this article from lunapads:
    http://lunapads.com/blog/2014/12/fda-compliance-cost-business/

    i recommend everyone go and read it. apparently the FDA set up these ridiculous rules in the 1990's and lunapads has had to pay the fees every year. in their article they state that they support the petition but they also state that since they have had to pay the fees for years, it's only fair that everyone else have to pay as well.

    i have used lunapads for years and have been very happy with them. i think it's terrible that working moms who are trying to supplement the family income now have to pay these outrageous fees...but the regulations have been in place for years. i hope that you read the lunapads article and provide an opinion on it.

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    1. Thank you, Kymber. This is a valuable link.

      - Patrice

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  6. I followed the FDA link in the original article and don't see where cotton or flannel pads would be included, only synthetic deodorized (and the like) pads.

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  7. After suffering horribly for years with reactions to store bought products and the subsequent cortisone medications that were necessitated, my doctor looked at me and reminded me of what women used to use: rags. These things are literal life savers for some women.
    So, while women like myself were suffering EVERY MONTH, the FDA sat on it's hands. Now, they want to regulate/put out of business all the entrepreneurs.
    I am going to sign the petition, but I am also going to write my Idaho and Wyoming state and federal legislators. It's time for states to tell the feds to stop killing off small business, to stop micromanaging things that aren't broken. If states can pass legislation regarding firearms that tell the feds to back off, surely they can pass something so personal to half the population of every state.
    sidetracksusie

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  8. The Ten Commandments - maybe half a page.
    The founding documents of the USA - maybe ten pages combined.
    To me, those two tell us pretty much all we need to know.

    But today ? Several million pages of rules and regulations.


    - Charlie

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  9. Does this mean clothe diapers will also be considered a medical device?

    Anothemom

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    1. That was my very first reaction - diapers are next. Because, of course, these are two cottage industries that SAHM's take up. I don't know if it's the Right or the Left, but big businesses are going to use every tool in their pockets to get rid of small competitors - including regulating them out of business. After diapers, it will be homemade soaps and lotions, beeswax food wrappers and any kind of kid's lunchboxes or clothing.

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  10. Signed and disgusted also. Home of the free? I wish.

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  11. There really is NO low these people won't stoop to, is there? I've known for a while now that the system is corrupt, but really? REALLY??? Is there ANYONE in DC that has even a modicum of ANY sense at all??? Maybe a nuclear attack on DC wouldn't be such a bad thing after all...so long as both houses of congress are in session and not on recess.

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  12. Women would only buy so many pads anyway, so why not sell the patterns instead of the pads, unless you think the patterns wouldn't sell?

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  13. I love my flannel pads and will never go back.
    Here is a question: If this FDA fee requirement does indeed go into effect, is there a way for these ladies to offer their products as a “handicraft?” Sell them as a pre-cut, pre-snapped, pieces (serged around the edges), “kit” that the recipient only as to sew together around the edges with a single line, by hand or machine. Voila!—you have an “arts and crafts felt and flannel project”, not a feminine hygiene product. I don’t see how this particular incarnation of the product would be any different from those American Girl Flannel Felt Owl Pillow Kit thingies you see at Hobby Lobby (with the possible exception that you don’t put flannel owls in your knickers…but I digress)
    This is our highly efficient government we are talking about…there has got to be a loophole somewhere.

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  14. Patrice, in your article you said that you were familiar with two makers of reuseable pads. I've read about Naturally Cozy here. Who is the other maker?

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  15. just reminds me of my Grandma telling me how all the girls at school were so jealous of her soft flannel pads made from her baby brothers outgrown diapers ..how very comfortable and nice they were...1913 probably. Everyone else had plain cotton material, not soft and absorbent as flannel. Gee the world has gone nuts hasn't it?

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  16. Well, I am probably the only man to comment on this. When the age of abortion on demand was approved by a lie mind you. We shouldn't be surprised with a government intrusion into how you ladies handle your monthly needs. I guess in the years that have past, no I guess decades, centuries, and even millenniums so all of a sudden we (well I mean you ladies need government help for this). Wow. Now ain't they smart cookies. You poor ladies haven't had the proper materials, training, to take care of this monthly function from the teen years till menopause. What's a women to do. PLEASE. GIVE US A BREAK. Those wonderful women of history that brought us the right to vote would really be laughing now. Stupid women can't figure out what it means to be a woman anyway.It's know wonder we are in the shape (socially) that we are in this country. Gender neutral studies. I mean REALLY! People really believe this trash. Get degrees in it and hope to get a job. Tampon dispenser operator . NOW there's a high paying position. There was in our campus newspaper mention of a bra fitting class. As a man I really wanted to sign up for this one. Would have been the highlight of my college curriculum. Bragging rights for Saturday nights at the bars too. Don't you love what college education has become. Our students could't write a commentary on anything like the children of our founding fathers who were home schooled for the most part, I for one and glad to see it become a viable option for education of our youth. Not perfect but better that the alternatives of public schools,etc.

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  17. Another guy person here. Tie two strings to them and call them flannel thongs...................... Just an idea.

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