Procter & Gamble announced that they would be removing the venus symbol from their sanitary pads. The venus symbol typically is associated with the female gender and sign of fertility.
The company put out a statement saying: “For over 35 years Always has championed girls and women, and we will continue to do so. We’re also committed to diversity and inclusion and are on a continual journey to understand the needs of all of our consumers.”
Procter & Gamble had been approached by transexual and non-binary consumers about the labeling of their products. In an effort to become more inclusive, the company removed the symbol from their sanitary products. For those who are confused, not all of their products had this symbol and only the products with this symbol will change.
Steph deNormand, who uses the pronoun "they" and advocated for transgender health at Fenway Health tolD NBC “Trans and nonbinary folks are constantly misgendered, and a gesture like this can broaden out the experiences and open up spaces for those who need the products,” they said. They also explained that seeing the symbol could cause stress to individuals.
Per usual people went to social media to express their frustrations and praises.
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