There’s a Tampon Shortage in Argentina

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An AP report from Argentina says that tampons have been scarce in the country for the past two weeks. Businesses and importers are blaming the government for delays in import permits; this may be due to Argentina’s attempts to curb inflation by decreasing access to foreign currencies.

In sum, economics led to no tampons, or in other words, in the metaphorical bathroom of the international market, Argentina meekly taps on the stall wall and whispers with hopeful desperation: Hey, excuse me, I’m so sorry to bother you and I know I’m always asking, but I was wondering, just if you have one you could spare, but you don’t happen to have an extra … ?