The standard rates for child benefit make a big leap in the new year 2023. It goes up to 250 euros – also so that families can cope better with the currently high inflation.

However, a mother from Bavaria is of the opinion that there should be more money from the state for girls after puberty. Or as she puts it in a gender-sensitive way: “Children with a uterus”. She demands a surcharge.

Child benefit for pubescent girls too low?

The family blogger “Julie”, mother of six children, has now aggressively represented this opinion on Twitter. Her blog is mainly about life as a family, cooking, handicraft tips and travel. Now the blogger from the Allgäu is taking a politically clear edge.

On Twitter she writes: “Why isn’t the child benefit automatically increased by another 20 euros for children with a uterus from the age of around 12 if they start menstruating? Actually, that would only be fair, wouldn’t it? Period stuff is expensive and puts a group of people at a financial disadvantage.” The Allgäu native herself gave birth to three girls. Her two eldest daughters are now in their teens.

20 euros more for menstrual items?

Of course, this surcharge promptly triggers a debate on the Internet. As with similar attempts to offer menstrual items free of charge in public toilets. The blogger knows the classic counter-arguments. For example, that young males need razor blades for this. “They need my legs too!”, she reacts quick-witted. In an interview with our editors, she also makes it clear that you can choose your facial hair, but not your menstrual period.

While one commenter laments that politics is simply “male-dominated”, another mother questions whether €20 isn’t too high. When asked by our editors, the blogger explained that the 20 euros were “roughly plucked out of thin air” – but not unfoundedly. Although tampons are quite cheap, most 12-year-olds without previous experience would not want to insert tampons into their bodies. Sustainable products such as period underwear, on the other hand, are more expensive and young people outgrow them, so that new ones have to be purchased all the time. “It takes something to make you feel as comfortable as possible during this time,” the family blogger clarifies.

The pill is free – but not without risk

She does not see the pill, which is free of charge after being prescribed by a gynaecologist, as an alternative. It would indeed stop monthly ovulation, but with health risks such as an increased risk of thrombosis or the promotion of depression.

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Another commentator on Twitter makes it clear how deep the wishes of many women are currently hanging on this topic: “I would be happy about a trash can on the toilet. What to do with the ‘used’ stuff?”

Source: Derwesten

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J. A. Allen

Author, blogger, freelance writer. Hater of spiders. Drinker of wine. Mother of hellions.

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