Saturday 23rd May saw talk.Period and Stop taxing our period. Period. join forces to protest against menstrual taboos. Our cause took to the streets of Bristol in the form of a Menstruation Demonstration to STOP TAMPON TAX AND OTHER MENSTRUAL TABOOS!
Currently, those who menstruate are taxed on each and every sanitary item that they purchase (including tampons, pads and menstrual cups amongst other products). David Cameron accepted that removing sanitary tax will be “very difficult to do” before the election. Nonetheless he promised to “go away and have a look and come back to you”. Well Mr Cameron, now that you are in power with a majority government, it’s time for a response.
Menstrual waste is also absurd with a staggering 11,000 – 13,000 tampons/pads are used in a lifetime. A mountain in the making; and homelessness, poverty and periods – how can you choose between sanitary pads and a hot meal…?! Then there is the period tax: why are we still taxed 5% VAT. Are tampons a luxury? REALLY?
Half the world menstruates. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP! It’s time to talk periods. PERIOD!
The protest had a creative twist with the help of talented local artist, Jorden Williams. We marched across Bristol with the visual representation of a sanitary pad mask, designed by Jorden that everyone could personalise. This symbolised the silence that is placed on those who menstruate by sanitary tax as well as other menstrual taboos. It sent a powerful message straight to Westminster AND it was a lot of fun!
If you haven’t already signed the petition to stop tampon tax, then please do!
FREE tickets for the talk.Period event can be found here
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