This pharmacy protested the tampon tax in the most clever way possible
The economic injustice experienced by women is an all-too-familiar problem in our society. From a wage gap that hardly budges (especially for women of color), to our nation’s still present tampon tax. Yes, some states have finally repealed their tax on menstrual hygiene products — but some state governments aren’t so kind to their menstruating populations. Because periods are apparently a “luxury,” right?
One New York City pharmacy is sick of seeing women customers pay taxes on necessary medical supplies, while, for example, men's Rogaine and Viagra purchases remain untaxed -- and they found an incredibly creative way to protest.
On Monday, NYC pharmacy Thompson Chemists offered a promotion that aimed to smash the patriarchy and expose economic inequality. They charged men a 7 percent sales tax, while women could shop tax free. Jolie Alony, pharmacy co-owner, told the Daily Dot:
"We thought it'd be a great idea with all the political things going on... We wanted to share that women deserve to get a break, and men deserve to be charged 7 percent more. Women are spending more in general and we make less, so we deserve to have a break."
Before any MRAs get antsy, Alony pointed out that men weren’t paying extra — they were just paying the full sales tax for all items, while women were able to experience what it’s like to not have to pay tax on the things they need.
And what’s really exciting is that, according to Alony, the reaction was extremely positive among women and men consumers.
Yay to raising awareness and cleverly protesting inequality! Boo to the tampon tax!