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Homeless women in Britain are using rags instead of sanitary towels because successive male-dominated governments continue to ignore periods (and tax tampons as a ‘luxury’). It’s not on, writes Emma Barnett.

It’s quite extraordinary that a woman’s natural cycle, even in 2015, is still the subject of such embarrassment among men and women. In some places, the idea of periods can even cause shame and ostracisation – as one enterprising Indian man, Arunachalam Muruganantham, found to his cost. His wife effectively disowned him after he revolutionised menstrual health in his country for millions of poor rural women by creating a machine that produces affordable sanitary pads.

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