The appointment of a man as Scotland’s first period dignity officer has sparked a backlash on social media. Jason Grant has been appointed Period Dignity Officer for the Tay region of Scotland.
Her work will discuss menopause issues and distribute free time products. Jason Grant, who previously worked in tobacco sales and as a personal trainer, was announced earlier this week as regional chief executive as part of the Period Dignity Working Group, The Guardian reported.
According to the BBC, Mr Grant will lead a regional campaign across schools, colleges and the wider community to raise awareness of the new legislation and ensure Scottish Government funding is allocated appropriately.
The appointment has sparked a debate on social media with staff suggesting the job should have been given to a woman. Meanwhile, the Period Dignity Working Group defended Mr Grant’s appointment.
A spokesman said Mr Grant was the strongest candidate for the job. “The role builds on some fantastic work that has been gathering momentum across the Tay region for several years, led by a passionate group of people of all genders, ages and backgrounds. Changing culture, encouraging debate and removing the stigma around time, We look forward to helping deliver this important work across the region,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by the BBC.
People, on Twitter, expressed their disagreement with the appointment of Jason Grant.
Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova called it ‘absurd’. He said, “Have we ever tried to tell men how to shave or how to take care of their prostate or whatever? It is absurd.”
Have we ever tried to explain to men how to shave or how to take care of their prostate or whatever?!? It is absurd.
— Martina Navratilova (@martina) August 15, 2022
Columnist and author Susan Dalgety commented, “Jason Grant is Scotland’s 1st time dignitary “absolutely buzzing” about his new job. It’s about making “anyone of any gender” aware of period products, she says. Jason, I have news for you, only girls get periods. Any more questions? PMS? Endometriosis?”
Jason Scotland’s 1st period dignity officer is “absolutely buzzing” about his new job. It’s about making “anyone of any gender” aware of period products, she says.
Jason, I have news for you, only girls get periods. Any more questions? PMS? Endometriosis? https://t.co/Cw2D4NgDqa
— Susan Dalgety (@dalgetysusan) August 15, 2022
One woman came up with the data and said, “Only 24% of girls in the UK feel comfortable discussing their periods with their male friends. Whereas, only 29% of girls in the UK feel comfortable discussing their periods with their fathers.”
* Only 24% of UK girls feel comfortable discussing their period with their male friends
* Only 29% of girls in the UK feel comfortable discussing their periods with their fathers
why #Scotlandfirst’#Period Dignity Officer“Men? Statistics = @PlanUKhttps://t.co/j1Nyax2qoQAdvertisement
— Beth Wallace (@DrBethWallace) August 17, 2022
Here’s what others had to say:
Is the SNP laughing?
Scotland’s new period dignity officer is a man, but how on earth did the requirement of a full driving license and access to a car get into the job description for the post? pic.twitter.com/IIeuad1r0hAdvertisement
— Mark Irvine (@Mark1957) August 18, 2022
— Facundo Savala (@FacundoSavala) August 17, 2022
The appointment of Jason Grant has sparked widespread criticism as the program is funded by the Scottish Government, but run by a local team of councils and colleges. Scotland passed the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021, becoming the first country in the world to provide free and universal access to period products. The law came into force this week.