Peer slams Channel 4’s new woke period policy

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Channel 4 has a been slammed by Conservative peer Baroness Jenkin after the broadcaster announced a new staff period support policy, which includes gender-neutral references to “all who bleed”.

Conservative Baroness Anne Jenkin has expressed anger at Channel 4’s new staff period support policy, after the public broadcaster announced it will “prioritise gender equity” by giving period products to trans men, and used the phrase “people who menstruate”.

The broadcaster’s new period policy, launched with the support of its gender equality employee network “4Womxn”, says it will help employees who experience health conditions as a result of periods.

Responding to the new announcement, Baroness Jenkin of Kennington told “Although I am past ‘bleeding’ myself I know women feel strongly about our language being erased.”

She added women: “Will find this latest iteration as offensive as many of the other recent examples”.

The broadcaster is also working with period-proof underwear brand WUKA to give employees the option of wearing the garments as a “sustainable alternative to tampons or pads”.

CEO of WUKA championed Channel 4 as “leading the way” as a “progressive broadcaster”, and said it will “prioritise gender equity by empowering all who bleed”.

As part of the new policy, Channel 4 staff will be given extra flexible working arrangements, free period products in the office, and a microwavable “wheat bag to ease painful symptoms”.

Staff will also be able to enjoy a new “quiet room” where they “can take time out”.

The period underwear company working with Channel 4, WUKA, boast that it believes gendered barriers to period comfort should be broken down.

“We want to make period comfort accessible to the trans, gender fluid and non-binary communities,” it adds.

“The language used to refer to periods is important in the fight for period equity. There are practical challenges to overcome as well.

“People who use men’s public toilets and have periods do not have access to sanitary bins is just one example.”

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In October, Channel 4 drew mass backlash after it broadcasted a performance by a trans female singer who stripped live on air and played a keyboard using a penis.

Author Helen Joyce branded the Channel 4 broadcast “a sex crime committed on camera. While idiots whoop and cheer”.

Responding to outrage about the naked performance, Channel 4’s Chief Executive Alex Mahon said it was a “beautiful moment of trans expression”.

She reportedly described the performance was “lovely” and “powerful”.

“She’s trans and she stripped naked at the end of the performance and that was the first time, I think, really on mainstream television you see a trans body and what that looks like.

“That’s really important, it was a beautiful moment of trans expression. It was lovely.”

Ofcom dismissed over 1,600 complaints about the broadcast, saying it would not investigate the complaints as it was streamed “post-watershed”.

Tory peer Baroness Nicholson subsequently wrote to Ofsted asking it to warn schools against allowing the performer to give talks on sex and gender.

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