Women of Great Britain are not happy about a recent vote to amend their government’s Finance Bill, which would have cut tax on sanitary products. Currently, the price of tampons and pads includes a 5% “luxury tax,” implying that it is a luxury not to bleed out on our jeans, couches, and modes of public transportation. Hmmmm …
This might not be so upsetting if items like men’s razors, children’s diapers, and exotic meats were also considered as “luxury” purchases, but nope. According to the government, they essential enough to be exempt from the tax. Understandably, the half of the population who is socially obligated to spend their hard-earned money on pads and tampons once a month is pretty furious. Within days after the vote, a petition called Stop Taxing Periods — Period garnered well over 250,000 signatures.
Thanks to the Internet, ladies have been able to express their disgust with the decision over social media. Using the hashtag, #tampontax, women are showing how incredibly luxurious tampons and pads really are.
The posts are equally hilarious and infuriating.
There’s nothing decadent about stocking up on sanitary napkins.
And that extra money going toward the tampon tax could be used to buy so many more exciting, actually luxurious things. Like a day at the spa.
Or fancy jewelry.
Or a really nice tie.
Maybe if tampons really were made of pearls, the tax would make more sense.
But who want a tampon made of pearls?
Member of Parliament, Alison Thewliss, voted for the amendment, and explained why to BBC News. “It is absurd that while men’s razors, children’s nappies and even products like Jaffa Cakes, exotic meats and edible cake decorations are free from VAT,” she said, “women are still having to pay additional costs on what is already an expensive yet vital product.”
Parliament must have forgotten that someone very dear to their hearts once had to buy pads and tampons – you know, the Queen. If that’s not a good reason to ditch the tax, I don’t know what is.
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