“Pads, Tampons, and contraception should be free. In my university, there is a box in every girls’ bathroom in which anyone can put pads so if someone cannot afford it or has a surprise period party in their pants. They are safe. Proof that women can support other women: I have never seen any of these boxes completely empty. As a dude who helps out with cleaning at my university, in the first week of the semester, they always give out boxes of free tampons/pads (companies come and do it to advertise themselves). I make sure to get a few boxes and stash them in my shared workshop.
“So, we always have some available for women who need them. Homies are homies no matter what’s in your pants.” Feminine hygiene products should be free for every woman, as well as contraception. These products can be very expensive, especially if you have regular cycles every month. The better products are more expensive, which causes women to shell out the money to get products that are more comfortable. If these products were reduced in price or even free, every woman would be able to afford to get them. It’s sad to think there are women out there who can’t afford these products and end up having to deal with an unwanted pregnancy or use odd items for pads during their period.
CausticSofa says, “I was in charge of ordering supplies for the last company I worked at. One day a staff member told me that the maxi pads we keep in our supplies closet were out, so I started combing through all of the different order lists from different companies we buy supplies from to try and figure out where we were even getting these magical things that somehow almost never ran low. I finally realized we don’t even buy them. I never solved who was just regularly keeping pads and tampons stash for the entire 250 person company, which was slightly more than 50% uterus-having members.
“It was just some guardian angel who didn’t seem to need accolades. Had Covid and WFH not happened, then I would’ve talked my bosses into taking over the responsibility because I know that they would agree it was something we should provide the staff alongside milk, creamer, coffee, and tissues. It’s just that none of us had realized we had magical tampon elves.” It’s wonderful this company has someone supplying pads and tampons for women. It can be a costly endeavor, so kudos to them for helping out! No woman should have to go without sanitary products while on her period.
Mintyugie says, “I believe infant formula should be free. Breast milk is free. So the moment a baby can’t be breastfed for whatever reason, that baby’s survival is commodified. Formula companies have used some disgusting advertising tactics (see: Nestlé), and still do in a more sneaky way since the implementation of the WHO code, and they can get away with it because there are babies who need that formula to survive and families are going to do whatever they can to provide it. I have so much more to say, but not enough time to say it because, ironically, I’m breastfeeding my own baby, and she’s about to need a burp.”
“But, if you’re interested, I highly recommend The Politics of Breastfeeding, by Gabrielle Palmer.” It is true that there are women out there who don’t produce milk, or their babies won’t accept it, so why should they have to pay for something their baby would die without? It makes sense. No baby should have to starve because their parents can’t afford formula. It’s good there are programs out there to help pay for formula, but it doesn’t cover everything needed in a month. You end up having to spend some money out of pocket to get the formula by the end of the month.
A Controversial Topic: Abortion Should Be Legal And Free
Reddit User Drunken306 shares what they believe should be free. Some of you may agree, while others will be completely against it. It is a controversial topic that often leads to arguments. They say, “I’ll start the controversy: Abortion. That is right. I know this will get a lot of people very upset and peeved. However, I’d rather have my tax dollar pay for an abortion and solve the problem upfront, rather than pay for someone who is unwanted for the rest of their life.” While this can be a dangerous topic to discuss, there are people out there who believe abortions should be free.
It’s a slippery slope when it comes to this topic, and you should tread lightly when getting into a conversation with others about it. In reality, it’s up to the woman what she wants to do, and she shouldn’t have to deal with stigma because of her choice. The only thing that creating laws and costs surrounding abortion is doing is creating a bigger problem. If women are in a tough situation and feel the need to terminate their pregnancy, making it unattainable will lead to illegal medical procedures. Which only makes the situation more dangerous for women.
“Nothing, but we should establish a baseline quality of life that’s funded by taxation. What should that baseline be? My wish list is: Healthcare, Education, Foodbanks, Shelters, Transportation, Libraries. Healthcare, just like most of the countries… Education is up to a Community College associate’s degree. Then getting into anything more requires getting something equivalent to a scholarship or accessing the same information using online learning resources. Food banks should provide basic sustenance based on the size of a household. Done right, and it should negate the need for school lunch programs. Basic barracks-style shelter for anyone, if you’re working a job something closer to a dorm.
“Shelters (and libraries) also staff career advisors whose job it is to help anyone who wants to advance what actions will help them do so. Companies are required to bus employees to and from a location that can access public transportation. Companies exempt from this must prove they are either already accessible via public transportation, or all workers serving them can afford their own transportation. Lastly, there is a program to allow to help individuals to relocate to other cities where there is a demand for labor. Libraries, basically they are just funded and staffed to also provide miscellaneous needs.”
“Water, parking at school or hospitals, healthcare, registration/licensing/ID of anything vital/ mandatory, diapers/tampons (pads/diva cups, etc.) / bathroom maintenance (toilet paper, soap) / eye maintenance / dental/ anything we could make for ourselves that has to be regulated like housing or food (our taxes should subsidize all of this instead of bloated political wages, military, tax cuts and bailouts for wealthy companies) education to whatever level, ambulance rides, freaking using roads (**** toll booths) We could redistribute the wealth of 2,000 people and better billions. Or we can keep letting people die from poverty, hunger, war, and treatable illnesses that they can’t afford because a couple of guys have a manhood measuring contest about going to space first is more important?
“We are the majority people! Why are we allowing irresponsible and selfish people to run the world at our expense? These people would murder you and your family and friends gladly if it meant getting to hoard an extra couple million if there were no repercussions. They are deliberately screwing up your education, so you remain ignorant and compliant. Stop staking yourselves to the ground to provide them with tender veal/lamb. God dang it.” These things are necessities for life, and you shouldn’t be charged for them.
Calling 911 is free, but Not a Ride to the Hospital
“911 transports should be free. I’m talking mainly about the U.S. While it ‘should’ be free, for many, it’s not. Actually, it’s very expensive, and a lot of people don’t expect a bill for it when all they got is a ‘ride.’ What most people don’t realize is taxes alone don’t cover the cost of an ambulance. If you really consider all that goes into the upkeep of an ambulance, it’s understandable. People throw up all over ambulances, spatter blood, sheets and equipment constantly have to be sanitized and replaced.”
“So while a 911 transport should be free, I’m willing to pay if I need help because I want a modern-day ambulance. Not a vintage one from the past that has no equipment to help save my life, or better yet… a family member’s life, till they or I get to the hospital.” While it should be free, what we’re paying for is the upkeep of the vehicles to ensure the best quality equipment is onboard the ambulance. You wouldn’t want an ambulance to pick you up with nothing onboard to help save your life, would you? To those who have non-emergency medical needs and need a ride to a healthcare provider, you can find local programs that often offer this service for free or little charge.
“Illuminations are some form of ‘non-profit’ that can only be funded by individuals, corporations, and corporations with large political donations. And this isn’t limited to corporations. You can even purchase ads from them through online sites that only allow you to see the ads. Even on the more extreme corners of the planet, where your ad revenue is limited to a few dollars, there are some who will pay $25 an ad on each ad in place of $7 for the whole ad. The whole idea is that these free ads in the first place get their funding from your money, but they’re not actually paid by your time spent there or making your ad. “
“It gets particularly interesting when you consider that even the largest corporations like GE, PepsiCo, etc., are able to buy this stuff so they can give free stuff like free TVs to their shareholders. They can even put a price on it that will be lower than what others buy because they know the price they are under. As much as they can save on food stamps and housing expenses, those costs would be greatly outweighed by the benefits of having a full and free health care plan that is less expensive to insure than what others have for health care costs at a fraction of what you get from your health insurance. Of course, this is all pretty much a scam perpetuated by the richest one percent to get something ‘free.’ ”
This is something that anyone who went to college will understand. They go on to say, “Obviously, I’d put medical care on top of the list. But I’d also like to include higher education. This isn’t a ‘cancel student debt’ thing, more of a ‘not force people into debt to get an education’ thing. Meaning I think there will always be a need/desire to have more prestigious colleges and universities. But I look at them like I do in private schools. They are there for the rich, but people with lower incomes deserve the same shot at higher education as anybody with money.
“They shouldn’t have to go into crippling debt in order to get it. I think State Universities should be government-funded and allow students to get whatever education they want in those universities. I’ve always believed the cure for cancer is locked inside the head of someone who will never be able to afford to go to college.” Research shows that the private and public economic benefit of free community college tuition would outweigh the cost. That’s why half of the states in the country already have some form of free college tuition.
“It’s a controversial opinion, but I believe that we should not pay for things without which we will literally die. Everyone should have access to clean water, food, and medical care because without it, people literally die (and preferably housing, although you can survive without it). Or, if, according to the economic model, it is necessary to ‘pay’ something (so that there is an artificial turnover of money), we should receive payments that fully cover these expenses for VITAL needs. That is, conditionally, we do not pay anything for it out of our own pocket; this is how it should be.
“It shouldn’t even be discussed, and it should be obvious.” We shouldn’t have to pay for things that are required for survival. Things like water, food, and medical care should be free for everyone. Or, at least offer the means to grow your own food rather than shopping at the grocery store. Everyone should have the same quality of medical care without worrying about how to pay their bills. It’s really sad and depressing to think of the people out there suffering because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. There are places in the world that offer free medical care, like Canada.
Taxes. It’s something everyone has to pay when becoming a homeowner. They go on to say, “I believe we should get rid of property taxes, but there are problems with the idea. Property taxes pay for maintenance and improvements in the city/town you live in. Income tax pays for maintenance and improvements in the country/state (or province) you live in, which sometimes contributes to the maintenance/improvement of the city you live in. You could get rid of property taxes completely, but that would just lead to additional income tax.
“Taxes will be paid regardless because the local government can’t run without it.” Well, this would be a great idea if the money would just go straight back into our pockets instead of being taxed on something else. This person is probably right – it would just lead to higher income taxes. There must be a reason why this isn’t a law yet. It’s probably difficult to figure out such a complex situation. While some believe there are other things that are more important than property taxes, It’s definitely on the list of things people believe should be free.
“Pretty much every medicine that people depend on to survive – sure put some range on it on how much they can buy per a week or day- but many people need medicine to LIVE, and it’s horrid that they have to pay so much for them. Glasses should be free when they are a necessary like I need glasses to read the text in a far distance, but it is not 100% necessary for me, so I’m okay with paying for them. But when it’s someone who needs them to see 24/7, otherwise everything is blurry, can’t even see their fingers? It should be free.
“Prosthetics should also be free, as well as any other equipment for people with disabilities. Life-saving surgeries should be free. Basic food – like a package of food free so people with low income and homeless people could buy them. I’m thinking maybe a loaf of bread, a bottle of water, gummy bears (for sugar intake). Sure, there would be people who would abuse this, but there would be hundreds if not more people whose lives would be a bit easier.”
“Normative documents and standards of any kind should be free. Here in Germany, they are in the hand of a single publisher and ridiculously expensive. If you want to do any work in any industry, you need lots of them and keep them current. You even can’t borrow them from libraries (just look at them and not take any copies). Even citing from them is heavily regulated. They are practically laws since you could technically deviate from them, but then you have to prove yourself that your product is still functional and safe.”
“Good look with that in court. We have rulings that laws have to be accessible for free. In Germany, all the laws are freely available on the web, and there are organizations where you can buy them in print “at-cost.” Like 5€ for a thick book. There is no copyright on them at all. In my opinion, this should be the case for “quasi-laws,” too.”