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Nebraska councilwoman wins battle against ban on feminine-hygiene ads at local golf courses

March 26, 2015

A ban on feminine-hygiene ads at city-run golf courses in Lincoln, Neb., has been overturned thanks to the work of a city councilwoman, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

The report says Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird stumbled on the ban when reading the agreement with the company, Bench Craft Co., that supplies Lincoln's golf courses with scorecards, course guides, benches, ball washers and display boards. In the agreement, Bench Craft can sell advertising, but Lincoln has a long list of banned substances.

On that list are things you'd expect like tobacco or alcohol, as well as nothing graphic and nothing political. But what jumped out to Baird was the prohibition of advertising feminine hygiene products or contraceptives. Baird then convinced the council to remove the ban.

"The city really doesn't need to be signaling to women and young girls that this is anything to be embarrassed about," Baird said. "They certainly don't need another . . . reason to be self conscious about their bodies."

Well said. So if you're a guy playing golf in Lincoln and you happen to come across a Playtax ad, don't make a big deal out of it, OK?