The "gunk in you(r) front" did not get there because of the visit to the restroom though.
Neither did the gunk in the back.
Yes, it did.
My body needs to pee whether I am in the restroom or not.
The need to pee, yes? The need to clean up after peeing? No. That only happens after you pee. Which, if you're doing this in a public restroom, means you need to clean up after using the restroom. It's an integral component to using the restroom.
A woman should change her tampon every 4-8 hours to avoid risk of toxic shock syndrome. This is about as non negotiable as as needing to pee or defecate.
Except that the tampon is in use the entire time, not just while she's changing it. It has value, and is doing its job, the entire time, not just for the brief period of time, in the restroom, after urinating or defecating. They are not comparable actions. If menstruation was something that just happened for a minute or so, a few times a day, you'd manage it the same way you manage urination and defecation and the same toilet paper would be used for clean up afterwards. But it just doesn't work like that.
There are similar levels of unsanitariness and embarrassment associated with the inability to handle either situation without the proper tools. It's pretty much the same.
Eh. I'd say the ways that they are not the same are relevant here though.
Theft issues are about the same. Many public restrooms I've been in simply leave extra tissue rolls on top of the dispenser so they have to change them less often.
I've rarely seen extra rolls sitting around (for the exact theft issue). What I do see all the times are dispenser with locks on them, to prevent anyone from removing a whole roll, but requiring them to pull out just what they need. Precisely because a full roll is something someone might grab and take home for their own use, while a handful of toilet paper isn't very handy to carry around relative to its value over time.
There isn't anything to stop me from just walking off with the whole thing if I wanted to. Some restaurants offer hand towels, Which are much more worth stealing than either tampons of tissue. Hotels used to (or still do?) have issues with people taking items and manage just fine. The retail cost of a tampon is about 20 cents, and probably less bought wholesale. If she wants it, she can take it. If you're worried that much about thievery then put them in a dispenser like they have for paper towels where it takes some effort to take more than the standard amount.
Except that each single tampon has a value to itself, and is in a convenient shape size to walk off with. Sufficient toilet paper to be of much value, just isn't very handy to take, unless you can take a whole roll. One tampon? You'll take it. A Second one? Sure. How about three or four or five? The smallest size you can dispense is always going to have to be a full tampon. That makes it a very attractive thing to steal. And I'm not sure how you'd design a dispenser to just hand out one and only one to any given person. A timer maybe?
You'll grab a free tampon and put it in your purse for later use in a way you'd never pull off extra tp from the roll and do the same, right?
I already do this. If I have a runny nose I'll often grab extra tissue and stick it in my pocket to use if I don't expect to be near any later. Maybe you think I should run down to the gas station to buy my own since it isn't directly related to urinating or defecating, but I've never once been called out for theft when I do it.
You actually take extra tp from a public restroom and use it for blowing your nose? Um... Ok. Usually that stuff is pretty terrible for that use, but if that's what you do, then good on you. Again though, that's a pretty small amount relative to a whole roll. And most people aren't going to do this. I can pretty much guarantee you that if public restroom commonly handed out tampons free like they do toilet paper, the dispensers would be empty all the time from people just grabbing them so they don't have to buy them themselves.
It would be wonderful if it was the case that people would only take such things when they find themselves in the rare situation of needing one but having forgotten to put an extra in their purse or whatever. And maybe I'm just jaded in terms of human nature. But I honestly do think that this is the kind of thing that would be so abused that it would rarely help those actually in need, and just be taken advantage of by others. The rare occasion when the honest person needs one? Wont be any because of all the dishonest people grabbing them. I suppose if you stocked them super regularly you might be able to alleviate this, but how much cost are we talking about here, and what happens to the tampon industry as a result? Edited, Mar 9th 2017 4:42pm by gbaji