End the Tampon Tax!

End the Tampon Tax!

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Amelia Echols started this petition to Colorado and Federal Legislatures

The “Tampon Tax.” It is an unfair, unequal, and unconstitutional legislation that needs to be addressed both locally, and federally. In case you don’t know, the Tampon Tax is the extra “luxury item” tax on menstrual and feminine hygiene products. In the majority of states, tampons and pads are considered luxury and unnecessary items, while products like sunscreen, ChapStick, and even Viagra are considered a necessity. This tax is a gender-discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional law that negatively affects millions of people nationally. 

The reason I say people rather than women is because it is very important to remember that not everyone who menstruates is a woman. This tax affects transgender men, nonbinary, and genderqueer people as well. It also impacts low-income people who already struggle to make ends meet.

Menstruation is not something you can control or plan. In an average lifetime of someone who menstruates, one will use about 17,000 tampons and pads, adding up to thousands of dollars. It is not a choice for women to take a week off from their lives every month because they’re bleeding. Every day people are punished for something that is completely out of their control. It can also make a very painful time even worse for people who suffer from illnesses like Endometriosis or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

A main reason why this problem hasn’t been addressed very much in the past is because most period product corporations and other institutions that have the power to change tax laws are run by men. Part of this is because this doesn’t directly affect most men so it is not a priority, but also because it is such a taboo topic that men would rather wait for women to bring it up and make the change. 

If this petition gets enough signatures, it will be sent to the Colorado legislature.

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