by Lauren Killgrove – Photo Editor
As many may know, our country has 50 states. What many may not know, however, is that only 11 of said states do not include a tax that makes people pay to, frankly, have a menstrual cycle. This tax is commonly known as the “Tampon Tax” or “Pink Tax”, but its legal name is luxury tax.
Luxury tax is tax added to items that are not considered a necessity. Why is a tampon, pad, or menstrual cup not considered a necessity? How else are people going to clean up their menstrual blood?
Every month, a person with a period can lose anywhere from several teaspoons to a cup of blood. This blood needs to be cleaned up and taken care of, and why should people be taxed because of it?
Few states have ended the tampon tax directly. Those few states include Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Other states have no sales tax on any items, so “Tampon Tax” is immediately out of the picture.
The fact that only five states have ended the “Tampon Tax” out of fifty shows how our country views the menstrual cycle: unimportant and not a pressing matter. It is unfair that so few states view feminine hygiene products as a necessary product for people with menstrual cycles.
It is not a secret that the menstrual cycle is not the most respected bodily function out there. That needs to change.
It is bad enough already that periods are constantly joked about and laughed about, but the fact that using products to clean up menstrual blood is seen as a ‘luxury’ is ridiculous. What exactly is so luxurious about bleeding onto a wad of cotton? Periods are messy and sometimes unpredictable, so why is using products that help clean and maintain periods not seen as necessary?
Our states should be more fair and sympathetic to the menstrual cycle and not make people pay to clean up something that is a natural bodily function.