Briefing paper: assessing the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 as model menstruation legislation

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Abstract

This briefing paper discusses how to include historical perspectives to assess the potential success for current and future menstruation legislation. The case of Scotland provides an instructive example of law-making about free period products and period poverty. While commercial products are perceived as a solution, historical research suggests that cultural attitudes, lingering stigma, and regional differences affect opportunities for passing laws. To predict the likelihood that proposed menstrual product legislation might be adopted in other locations, historical factors related to attitudes about menstruation, including stigma, must be considered and understood to effect lasting change.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9129
Number of pages13
JournalOpen Library of Humanities
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • Menstruation
  • Menstrual products
  • Policy
  • Legislation
  • Scotland

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