2 Broke Girls: Occupy Tampon

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2 Broke Girls: Occupy Tampon

On last night's episode of 2 Broke Girls, Max and Caroline performed their very own "Occupy Tampon" in response to Han's decision to increase the price of tampons from 25 cents to 75 cents at his Williamsburg diner:

The issue here is both medical and economic (granted, in these days, the two seem one in the same), or, as Caroline wittily remarks, "if men were the ones who got periods, tampons would be thrown free from floats like Mardi Gras beads."

How utterly true does this statement feel? And to what extent does it bespeak the inequity of medical care between the sexes? Especially in terms of "female issues" like menstruation and menopause? For every (male) doctor who is feverishly working on increasing male virility through a little tablet, how many doctors are thinking about how to treat women's medical health—beyond tossing women the ubiquitous "pill" to quell, as it were, "every" female "complaint," from cramps to acne, from menstrual irregularity to ovarian cysts?

Once again, through comedy, 2 Broke Girls acutely addresses a culturally pervasive, and disturbing, topic.