A few days ago a woman named Charlie Edge stood outside British Parliament in a pair of white pants with two friends and her "Aunt Flo." The ladies were synched up and ready to free bleed all over their government's doorstep. But why? Because they're protesting the taxes put on sanitary products like pads, tampons and maternity pads, all of which are categorized as "luxury items." So, they pulled out those luxurious tampons to show what it looks like when you don't treat containing your period as an absolute necessity. Here are some pics, because you know you want to look:
CONTENT WARNING: BLOOD.
Today i am forgoing tampons and pads outside the houses of parliament to show how 'luxury' tampons really are.
We are also raising money to buy tampons for homeless shelters, womens shelters and the refugee crisis.
We're getting lots of dirty looks and someone just shouted at us to get a job.
But everyone keeps saying "haha omg how quickly would we get free tampons if everyone stopped wearing them?!"
So, I'm giving it a go.
Taxes are necessary, i get it.
So are tampons/ pads.
They're not luxury items, anymore than jaffa cakes, edible cake decorations, exotic meats or any other number of things currently not taxed as luxury items.
Maternity pads are taxed, but incontinence pads arent.
We've had enough. Maybe bleeding on their doorstep will get the tories to do something about this?
Charlie wrote a follow up post in response to the people hating on her for bleeding quietly in public for the day. She says that if you're grossed out, that pretty much proves her point:
So, basically, even if you hate Charlie Edge, you kinda either support her mission or you support never sitting safely on a subway seat again.