Julia Hartley-Brewer: ‘Only women and girls have periods’

Thursday, March 12, 2020

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has been accused of being “transphobic” in a heated debate over whether or not men can have periods.

It was during an exchange with campaigner Laura Coryton this morning as the pair discussed the Budget announcement to end the so-called “tampon tax”.

Ms Coryton, whose "Stop Taxing Periods" petition gained 320,000 signatures in 2014, said that the move to scrap VAT on sanitary products will help “anyone who has a period”.

“What do you mean anyone who has a period? So you mean women and girls,” Julia interjected.

The campaigner responded: “I just mean anyone who has a uterus…”

But Julia pushed on: “So women and girls. We’re not saying ‘people who have periods’ on my show, we’re saying women and girls...genuinely; I won’t have you on the show if you’re going to talk that nonsense.

“Men don’t have periods, full stop.”

Ms Coryton said she thought Julia’s response was “quite transphobic”.

The debate continued –

JHB: “You think men have periods?

LC: “Yes because some men have uteruses.”

JHB: “How do those men have uteruses if they’re not born women?”

LC: “If they identify as a man and yet they have a uterus then they are a man with a uterus.”

In conclusion to her argument, Julia said: “You can identify as whatever you want but only women and girls have periods – that's a biological fact.”

Tampons and other period products are currently subject to five per cent VAT but this will be dropped from January 2021, after the Brexit transition period ends.

The government estimates that the tax cut will on average save 7p on a pack of 20 tampons and 5p on a pack of 12 pads, totalling a saving of an estimated £40 over a lifetime.

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