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A word on pink tax

By Sara Ghandour Oct 19, 2016
Mandatory Credit: Photo by ZUMA/REX/Shutterstock (4191645f) Bras hang on a line at the Oxmoor Center mall during the 3rd Annual 'Bras Across the Bluegrass' event, a show of support for those affected by breast cancer Bras across the Bluegrass event, Louisville, Kentucky, America - 11 Oct 2014 Nearly 5,000 bras were donated this year during the drive organized by Louisville's 98.9 Radio Now. For each bra, Ashcroft and Oak Jewellers donated one dollar to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and the bras themselves will be given to a local women's shelter and other deserving charities.

As a woman, the pink tax appals me. Why are simple amenities more expensive for women? If the pink colour on my razors is the reason they are more expensive, I will happily take them in black.

If extracting scents from plants to give my deodorant a floral smell is what is costing me more, I will take it scentless, thanks.

After all, there are still countless other objects women need that men do not, such as bras, tights, sanitary pads and tampons.

Standard bras cost around £12 to £30. Women generally have around six bras on hand at home. This does not even include the costs of nursing bras or training bras.

None of these things come cheap either, it is hard enough already without paying extra for the things both men and women use.

On that note, tampons also incur a five per cent VAT tax because they are considered luxuries. The female sanitary tax is ridiculous, sanitary products are a necessity, not a luxury.

This does not even take into account that there is still a wage gap.

To this day, women make less than men. It is illegal to pay a woman less than a man for doing the same job, but it still happens.

Women earn less and pay more. This needs to change.

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