MoJo Must Reads

Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.


_
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

REAL QUICK, REAL URGENT

Minority rule, corruption, disinformation, attacks on those who dare tell the truth: There is a direct line from what's happening in Russia and Ukraine to what's happening here at home. And that's what MoJo's Monika Bauerlein writes about in "Their Fight Is Our Fight" to unpack the information war we find ourselves in and share a few examples to show why the power of independent, reader-supported journalism is such a threat to authoritarians.

Corrupt leaders the world over can (and will) try to shut down the truth, but when the truth has millions of people on its side, you can't keep it down for good. And there's no more powerful or urgent argument for your support of Mother Jones' journalism right now than that. We need to raise about $450,000 to hit our online fundraising budget in these next few months, so please read more from Monika and pitch in if you can.

payment methods

REAL QUICK, REAL URGENT

Minority rule, corruption, disinformation, attacks on those who dare tell the truth: There is a direct line from what's happening in Russia and Ukraine to what's happening here at home. And that's what MoJo's Monika Bauerlein writes about in "Their Fight Is Our Fight" to unpack the information war we find ourselves in and share a few examples to show why the power of independent, reader-supported journalism is such a threat to authoritarians.

Corrupt leaders the world over can (and will) try to shut down the truth, but when the truth has millions of people on its side, you can't keep it down for good. And there's no more powerful or urgent argument for your support of Mother Jones' journalism right now than that. We need to raise about $450,000 to hit our online fundraising budget in these next few months, so please read more from Monika and pitch in if you can.

payment methods

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