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Huddersfield's Camel Club puts up Christmas tree - decorated with TAMPONS

Is 'sani-tree' sexist and offensive to women or fun and empowering?

Camel Club's Christmas tree adorned with tampons

It’s the most wonderful time of the...month.

That’s according to popular Huddersfield student nightspot the Camel Club which has put up a Christmas tree – decorated with tampons.

The festive spruce, dubbed the ‘Sani-tree’, has been adorned with female hygiene products with a sign that says “helping you through the festive period.”

It’s the weirdest Christmas tree in town but a feminist group has applauded the club’s initiative saying the tree helps to “normalise a part of nature that is often presented as vulgar and offensive.”

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The group also said it makes light of the recent tampon tax controversy where the Government eventually agreed to try to scrap VAT to sanitary towels.

Drama graduate Bethany Givvons-Collinge, a member of the University of Huddersfield’s Feminist Society, said: “As a feminist, I personally love the idea of this.

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“Far from being sexist or degrading, I feel this festive pun actually helps to normalise periods and remove some of the stigma attached to them.

“I’ve been made to feel embarrassed and, to some degree, ashamed of my period, smuggling sanitary products to school toilets or feeling awkward when buying them from a male cashier.

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“By portraying periods in this light-hearted manner, the harmless word-play of Camel Club’s ‘Sani-Tree’ actually works towards normalising menstruation and dismantling the negativity associated with periods.”

Camel Club, Byram Court, Huddersfield
Camel Club, Byram Court, Huddersfield

Bethany added: “My only concern now is finding a bag that will allow me to steal enough tampons to keep the cost of my ‘Christmas period’ down!”

Vicky Ashfield, another society member, said: “I think it encourages light-hearted discussion on the subject of periods and sanitary products.

“All women experience them and it shouldn’t be made into a big deal so I quite like this idea.”

But not everyone was impressed as some had the hump over Camel’s seasonal stunt.

Sonia Arora said: “This is very offensive. I’m actually unhappy about all this sexist behaviour.

“I don’t understand why the concept of feminism is so hard to understand. It’s not doing women a festive favour.”

The club did not respond to a request for a comment.

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