U.K. Women Free-Bleed to Protest Tampon Tax!

Women on social media have been saying for awhile sanitary pads and tampons should be free because they are a necessity. Two students in the United Kingdom couldn’t agree more with this statement and have taken protest to an entire new level!

The government just put a five percent tax on tampons and pads after classifying them as “non-essential, luxury items.”

Charlie Edge and Ruth Howarth have decided to free-bleed outside the Houses of Parliament to protest this tax.

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Posted by Charlie Edge on Friday, November 6, 2015

Edge posted on her Facebook page saying that tampons are not luxury items and “edible cake decorations, exotic meats or any other number of things currently not taxed as luxury items. Maternity pads are taxed, but incontinence pads aren’t. We’ve had enough. Maybe bleeding on their doorstep will get the tories to do something about this?”

Her post received over 19, 000 likes and over 14, 000 shares.

The have faced some backlash in the form of people saying, “Three girls outside parliament with blood stains isn’t gonna make parliament do anything.”

Edge says even if their protests don’t immediately change Parliament’s decision, the kind of coverage and responses they’ve gotten in a few hours encourages “millions of other people who are also angry about the same thing, to talk about it.”

She goes on to say, “The tampon tax has been decided on almost entirely by cis men. Cis men don’t have uteruses. They don’t have periods. They should not get to dominate laws that do not affect them.”

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.