Man Slammed For Admitting He’s Banned His Girlfriend From Using Tampons

A man on Reddit was met with serious criticism after admitting that he’s “banned” his girlfriend from using tampons as he’s “concerned about her health.” Not only has he prohibited her from using the feminine care product of her choice, but he’s warned her that if she keeps using tampons, he’s going to break up with her. What a class act!

  1. Apparently, his girlfriend is “forgetful.” The man prefaced his story by claiming that his girlfriend is so absent-minded that she often forgets to change her tampon in what he deems a reasonable amount of time. Because of this, he believes she’s “unhygienic” and could develop TSS, or toxic shock syndrome. Sure, sounds a legit concern for a man with no vagina to have when the woman who actually has the vagina is cool with it.
  2. The man claims he has no issue with tampons, he just won’t let his girlfriend wear them. “I have no issue with women using tampons. I have an issue with HER using tampons. I have a few reasons for this,” he wrote. “She doesn’t change them regularly enough in my opinion. I think it’s a forgetfulness thing? She doesn’t take risks seriously. This stresses me out because I’m worried she will get sick. However I have never made demands before recently.”
  3. Controlling his girlfriend’s behavior is all for her own good, of course. The man claims that the month prior to him demanding she stop wearing tampons, she had a “traumatic” experience for which she had to seek medical help. Thus, his banning of tampons was meant to help her.
  4. Unsurprisingly, his girlfriend is none too happy with this BS. As the man revealed, his girlfriend has accused him of being controlling (which he is) and is incredibly angry with him (which she has every right to be). “She is furious with me. Says I’m being controlling. Says a man should not be demanding to women what sanitary products to use,” he said… and she’s right. He claims that he would agree with her assessment in any other situation, but since this is him and he feels he’s some god among men who should have the right to tell his girlfriend what to do, this doesn’t apply and he’s not backing down. “I’m at a point where this is a hill I’m willing to die on and it may be a deal-breaker if she doesn’t agree to this,” he said. Hope you die alone on that hill, buddy.
  5. Pretty much everyone agreed with the girlfriend. As well they should! One commenter wrote: “You can express your worries but you don’t get to forbid her or require her to do something different with her body and body functions.” Another added: “You do not need to micromanage her period. Write that down and every time you get the urge to forbid her from tampons, read it and then sit back down.” However, there were some people (presumably other controlling men) who believe he’s just being a caring boyfriend and has every right to tell another adult human being what to do with their body. Why am I not surprised?
Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more.