By Nathalia Arevalo
Women, transgender, and nonbinary people who menstruate, have to deal with this seven-day “gift” every 28 days. Full of cramps, mood swings, and, you guessed it! the blood. Not only does it hurt our body, but our wallets too. According to the California State Board of Equalization, the feminine sanitary products industry’s revenue is about $2.2 billion, $264 million in California alone.
Including those of hygiene and grooming.Tampons and pads are treated as luxury products when they are imperative to millions of women, while Viagra, a prescription drug that treats erectile dysfunction, continues to be exempted from taxes. Menstruation is not something we switch off or control with a remote. It is something we have to do live with.
The tampon tax makes it even more difficult for those in poverty to afford these necessary products. If these necessities were more affordable they would be available everywhere, including schools and public bathrooms. New York, Illinois, Florida, and Connecticut are the few who do not follow the tampon tax until the 36 others. The United States is not the only country seeking change, India, Canada, Kenya, and Uganda all have tax free sanitary products.