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Man Enrages Twitter By Claiming Period Poverty Isn't Real - And The Responses Are Perfect

One man has felt the full force of Twitter after he claimed that period poverty was not a real thing.

Not only did @MarcusStead call not being able to afford sanitary protection 'nonsense', he also used the social media platform to suggest that it wasn't true that people don't have enough money to feed their children in the same tweet.

Retweeting a news report on school's offering free period products to students to his timeline, he declared: "Can we please stop all this nonsense about people not being able to 'afford' to give their children breakfast or sanitary products?

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"A bag of porridge to feed a family for a week costs £1. 3 packs of sanitary towels cost £1 in Home Bargains."

Marcus then followed up his controversial tweet, by writing: "Taking a look at my Twitter timeline, it appears a lot of people have no concept of 'personal responsibility' or 'parental responsibility'.

"Most of us are well off compared to our grandparents' generation, yet they didn't expect the school to give their children breakfast."

He added: "If you say you cannot afford to give your child a piece of toast or a bowl of porridge, you're doing something wrong with regards to budgeting. That's my final word on the matter to the Twitter mob."

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And naturally, Twitter reacted accordingly to the misinformed string of tweets:

It should come as no surprise that people were so infuriated by Marcus' statement as statistics clearly show that period poverty is still alive and kicking, and life on the breadline is real.

Plan International UK recently found that one in 10 young women (aged 14-21), and one in seven in London, can't afford to buy tampons, pads and other period products.

This often prevents them from not attending school on a regular basis and miss out on vital education. Plus, there's also the issue of tampon tax, meaning there's even more for women to contend with when it comes to being able to afford period products.

And according to a 2018 study by the Social Metrics Commission, more than 14 million people in the UK - including 4.5 million children - live in poverty.

Maybe don't comment on something you know nothing about, ay?

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Life, Life News, period, Real, Health

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - rachel.andrews@pretty52.com

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