YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen Puts President Obama On The Spot About Tampon Tax
Do you know what sucks? Being taxed on tampons and other sanitary products as though they are 'luxury' items and not something around half of the population need to stop themselves bleeding all over everywhere every month, that's what.
If you didn't know, this is what's referred to as the 'tampon tax' and it's been a hotly debated issue all over the world in the last year or so, both in the UK, across Europe and down under in Australia too.
But with the US election coming up, it's something YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen has been thinking about a lot and thus something she felt it necessary to put President Obama on the spot about during a recent interview.
One of the biggest objections those who want sanitary products to be re-classified as a healthcare item have to this tax is that it seems like a bit of a sexist rule. While not all people who have periods identify as women, it seems fair to say that the largest proportion of people having periods are indeed women.
This is not something they do out of choice but purely a fact of biology and with tampons and pads being counted as a 'non-essential' item - thus allowing those in government to charge you tax (ie. an extra chunk of money that goes into their pocket) every time you buy them - it is a monetary tax being imposed mainly on women.
If you're thinking, 'Well, I'm sure there's a good reason for this..." then we should probably give you an example of a couple of things people in the UK currently aren't taxed on and which are classified as 'essential' items. First up is ostrich meat and second is Jaffa Cakes. Yes, chocolate orange cake bites are seen as more essential than tampons, so go figure.
Anyway, as this tax is something also happening in certain US states, Ingrid felt it was time to get the President's opinion on the matter and after putting him on the spot, his response is a very interesting one.
Have a watch to see what happened in full below:
Make a pretty convincing point, don't they?
Ingrid definitely wasn't wrong when she said she didn't know anyone who thinks their period is a 'luxury', but let us know what you make of the debate with a tweet to @MTVUK.
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