Nanotechnology is, according to one government site, “science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers”. (A nanometer is really, really small – it takes more than 25 million of them to make an inch.)
Richard Feynman, an American physicist, is credited with having introduced the concept of nanotechnology in 1959, although the term “nanotechnology” wasn’t coined until 1981. Feynman’s idea was that things could be made much smaller. For instance, in 1959 computers were massive; some of them weighed literally tons and took up entire rooms. Feynman theorized that they could be made much smaller using nanotechnology. He was bang on about that. Computers keep getting smaller, faster, and better with nanotechnology.
Apart from not having to build an extra wing to your house for your home computer, there are many other applications of nanotechnology in use and in development.
Someone that shouts that joke every chance he gets may not seem like he would be feminist icon material. You might be thinking, Kaitlyn, are you kidding me? Michael Scott is probably the last T.V. character I would label as a feminist.
However, after binging The Office far too many times than I care to admit, I’ve come to the realization that this is, in fact, the case.
Oftentimes when we write and talk about menstruation, it’s easy to talk about just women who menstruate or refer to girls and use “she/her” pronouns. But it’s important to understand and be aware of the limitation of this kind of dialogue.
By gendering menstruation in this way, we are actually ostracizing people who aren’t women or individuals who don’t identify with “she/her” pronouns.
Let’s make one thing clear: menstruating does not make someone a woman, not menstruating doesn’t make them not a woman, and women aren’t the only individuals in this world that menstruate.
We need to make sure that we are tellingeveryone’sstories.
Imagine living in poverty and having to choose between feeding your family or buying feminine hygiene products.
This is a reality for more than 16.3 million women in living in the United States. According to the National Women’s Law Center, women are 38% more likely to live in poverty than men, and women of color experience poverty at a much higher rate than white women.
Women and girls who are living in poverty often have to sacrifice buying menstrual products in order to help pay for other necessities. This is largely due to the high price of menstrual products and the fact that they are taxed as “luxury items”. However, menstrual products are just as necessary as food, water, shelter, and other hygiene-related products.
Imagine having to pay for something that was natural and completely out of your control.
We’re doing it.
Over the past few years, news and social media campaigns have brought light to the issue of the “tampon tax”, also known as the “pink tax” in America as well as the rest of the world. Perhaps like you, I had no idea that this tax even existed until a few years ago. And I was just as taken aback as many people–and remain confused even today.
People are outraged and are demanding change because of this tampon tax, but do we fully understand what the tampon tax is?