Women Free Bleed Outside of Parliament to Protest ‘Tampon Tax’

Any woman who has had her period can guarantee you that it is no luxury. PMS, cramps and chocolate cravings galore.

Last month, members of Parliament in England voted against the removal of VAT—a tax on consumer spending—which charges sanitary products because they are “non-essential, luxury” items.

Outraged, Charlie Edge, a 22-year-old from Berkshire, decided to protest with two of her friends against the “tampon tax.” They went to Westminster and all wore white trousers. They free bled outside of parliament with blood seeping through their white pants and signs of protest.

On her Facebook post, she wrote, “Everyone keeps saying ‘haha omg how quickly would we get free tampons if everyone stopped wearing them?!’ So, I’m giving it a go.”

Although she said most people were polite and positive about their campaign, many people were also grossed out. However, this just strengthened her argument that tampons should not be luxury items.

To the criticism she received, she replied, “This isn’t just ‘three girls outside parliament with blood stains.’ This is three more people who are angry about something, encouraging the millions of other people who are also angry about the same thing, to talk about it.”

The hashtag, “#tampontax” is also going around Twitter with users who are outraged as well:

Do you think these women took it too far or did they take a brave stand?


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