The MENstruation Tax


“It’s not a choice to be a person who menstruates.”

“There is no other example of a product where men are taxed for something women are not taxed for. In this case, women are being penalized simply on the basis of being a woman,” said Wisconsin Rep. Melissa Sargent, a Madison, Wisconsin Democrat. “It’s not a choice to be a person who menstruates.”

What would you consider a “luxury good”? Definitely a private jet or a yacht. But menstruation? It seems paradoxical, but the tax applied to disposable feminine hygiene menstruation products equates the daily management of the female cycle to the possession of exotic animals or to the cost of repairing a private helicopter. Luxury goods – as if a woman could deliberately choose not to have her period or not to use hygienic means during those days!


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