A Bunch Of Men Will Decide On The Tampon Tax In Utah

Utah, a fairly conservative state, is the latest state to reckon with the tampon tax. According to the Associated Press, a bill will be introduced to committee today that proposes the removal of taxes on tampons and other feminine hygiene products. It’s sponsored by Utah state Rep. Susan Duckworth, and naturally, will face an all-male committee.

The common thinking goes that taxing tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products is penalizing women for the mere fact of their biology. Susan Pitcher of the Utah’s Women Coalition told the AP, “Having a period is not a choice for women.”

The tampon tax has already been brought down in Pennsylvania and Minnesota.  Earlier this year, President Obama sat down with YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen and said, “I have to tell you, I have no idea why states would tax these as luxury items…I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.”

Currently, forty states tax tampons and other feminine hygiene products as “luxury goods,” which makes little to no sense when you think about it. What, if anything, is luxurious about a monthly bleeding? Very little. If there’s any research that reasonably quantifies the luxury of having a period, I’d love to see it.

The bill has been dismissed by critics in Utah as the “tampon bill,” but in a twist of genius, Duckworth made sure that the bill includes making adult incontinence diapers and children’s diapers tax-free, too. “I’m going into an all-male committee, and I Just don’t believe they’re going to have sympathy.”

The promise of tax-free diapers for both adults and children probably won’t be enough for an all-male committee to push the bill through. Diapers for babies is women’s work, you know? And while adult incontinence does not discriminate by gender, something tells me that the mere presence of tampons on the proposed bill will kill it dead in the water, especially in the hands of men.

“The chances of it getting pout of committee are probably not very good, but I’m not going to give up on it,” Duckworth said.  We wish her the best of luck.

[AP]