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Talking About The Tampon Tax

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By: Sarah Karkoura

Breaking News: Those tampons and pads we get once a month aren’t a necessity!

That’s right ladies, for decades we have been clueless to what our lawmakers have known all along. Sales tax is only imposed on products viewed as a luxury or unnecessary. Lip balm and dandruff shampoo are often exempt from sales tax, but pads and tampons? Please! Hold that ovary waste in!

Huffington Post reports that women will spend $1,773 on tampons during their lifetime. Not only that, but we’ll cash out a total of $18,171 in total for tampons, pain medication, heating pads, and other period related products. With numbers reaching the thousands, you’d think legislators would realize it’s not a “luxury” to naturally bleed every 28 days.

This tax points to the major sexism issues still plaguing our society. As men do not want to educate themselves about menstrual hygiene or elect women to political office, women will continue to be trapped in a state of inferiority as we are shunned for biological normalcies. Demolishing the tampon tax is one of the first steps to showing women that their womanhood is a sign of strength, not a genetic weakness.

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New York recently joined the group of the few states to eradicate the tampon tax. By eliminating the tampon tax, they have removed a sales tax of up to 9% from essential menstrual hygiene products. We can only hope and push our state legislators to follow this example. We can only hope that our grandchildren will read about the tampon tax in textbooks and not experience it themselves.

Breaking News: Those tampons and pads we get once a month aren’t a necessity!

That’s right ladies, for decades we have been clueless to what our lawmakers have known all along. Sales tax is only imposed on products viewed as a luxury or unnecessary. Lip balm and dandruff shampoo are often exempt from sales tax, but pads and tampons? Please! Hold that ovary waste in!

Huffington Post reports that women will spend $1,773 on tampons during their lifetime. Not only that, but we’ll cash out a total of $18,171 in total for tampons, pain medication, heating pads, and other period related products. With numbers reaching the thousands, you’d think legislators would realize it’s not a “luxury” to naturally bleed every 28 days.

This tax points to the major sexism issues still plaguing our society. As men do not want to educate themselves about menstrual hygiene or elect women to political office, women will continue to be trapped in a state of inferiority as we are shunned for biological normalcies. Demolishing the tampon tax is one of the first steps to showing women that their womanhood is a sign of strength, not a genetic weakness.

New York recently joined the group of the few states to eradicate the tampon tax. By eliminating the tampon tax, they have removed a sales tax of up to 9% from essential menstrual hygiene products. We can only hope and push our state legislators to follow this example. We can only hope that our grandchildren will read about the tampon tax in textbooks and not experience it themselves.