MoJo Must Reads

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.


_
Forget the tea tax; now it’s tampons

Mar. 29, 2000

People can argue all day about luxury taxes on items like cigarettes and alchohol, but taxing tampons really pushes some buttons. Australian women are outraged over a 10 percent Goods and Services Tax Prime Minister John Howard plans to levy against almost everything Aussies buy, beginning July 1. Exceptions will be made for things like sunscreen, incontinence pads and condoms, but — sorry ladies — not for tampons or pads.

Women have argued that the tampon tax constitutes obvious discrimination, but the administration says it is perfectly justified. The Health Minister equated taxing tampons to taxing shaving cream for men. What, then, about those tax-free condoms? “Sex is a necessity and periods a luxury?” fumed one woman.

The BOSTON GLOBE reports that protests to the tax have been raging for months. In Perth, angry women threw tampons dipped in red dye at Howard and his aides. In Murwillumbah one protester morphed into Tanya Tampon by donning a homemade giant tampon costume. In Canberra, women took up the chant, “I bleed and I vote.” And in Sydney, the red-capped Menstrual Avengers marched on the headquarters of Howard’s Liberal Party and local media giants. So far, the men in power have not budged.

Read the BOSTON GLOBE story here.

HN

DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

without free and fair elections, a vigorous free press, and engaged citizens to reclaim power from those who abuse it.

In this election year unlike any other—against a backdrop of a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial reckoning, and so much daily bluster—Mother Jones' journalism is driven by one simple question: Will America move closer to, or further from, justice and equity in the years to come?

If you're able to, please join us in this mission with a donation today. Our reporting right now is focused on voting rights and election security, corruption, disinformation, racial and gender equity, and the climate crisis. We can’t do it without the support of readers like you, and we need to give it everything we've got between now and November. Thank you.

DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

without free and fair elections, a vigorous free press, and engaged citizens to reclaim power from those who abuse it.

In this election year unlike any other—against a backdrop of a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial reckoning, and so much daily bluster—Mother Jones' journalism is driven by one simple question: Will America move closer to, or further from, justice and equity in the years to come?

If you're able to, please join us in this mission with a donation today. Our reporting right now is focused on voting rights and election security, corruption, disinformation, racial and gender equity, and the climate crisis. We can’t do it without the support of readers like you, and we need to give it everything we've got between now and November. Thank you.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate