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    Houston women to rally at city hall against 'tampon tax'

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    Hundreds are expected to descend upon Houston city hall next week on National Period Day to rally against the "tampon tax," a sales tax on menstrual products, in an event meant to coincide with dozens of other rallies taking place across the country.

    The Houston National Period Day Rally, the first of its kind, is being led by an all youth team of organizers, said Saranna Zhang, sophomore at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Zhang is the lead rally organizer and president of PERIOD Houston, a local chapter of the nonprofit PERIOD, an organization whose goal is to end stigma associated with menstrual cycles and to end period poverty.

    The group plans to wear red and rally at Houston city hall on Saturday, Oct. 19 at noon to "elevate the issue of period poverty and demand real change to making period products more accessible for all and ending the 'tampon tax,'" the organization said in a statement.

    According to the nonprofit, one in four women cannot afford period products due to a lack of income. In a study, researchers found that 46 percent of low-income women had to choose between a meal and period products.

    The Houston rally is one of three taking place in Texas – Dallas and Austin will also have a rally on the same day –and one in 50 happening across the country, said Anusa Singh, spokeswoman for PERIOD.

    The Houston event is co-hosted by the Endometriosis Foundation of Houston, a nonprofit whose goal is raise awareness of endometriosis in the Greater Houston area.

    The event takes place at 901 Bagby Street in downtown Houston.

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    It can be a real problem, been there done that, that's what Ramen noodles are for when you have to choose between food and/or pads.
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    Get Annoying Occipital Kotex on this. She needs to socialize the industry and share the wealth, and pads. To each according to their needs.
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    I wonder how many of the 1n4 that cannot afford the pads have tats and smart phones and weaves

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    Smart phones are give-aways now, Weaves are really an extravagance.

    Tats may well date to a prior time when the money was available.


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    Are all health products taxed in Texas?
    Because I don't think any are here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macgyver View Post
    Are all health products taxed in Texas?
    Because I don't think any are here.
    They are taxed here in Iowa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macgyver View Post
    Are all health products taxed in Texas?
    Because I don't think any are here.
    Just the routine (around) 8.25% sales tax is all I've ever seen.

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    i suppose someone will have the bright idea to dress up like injuns and toss em into the bay

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    Oh for gawd's sake. More people who refuse to deal with everyday life without some kind of a hand-out or raising a stink.

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    I agree with the protests. Health care items shouldn't be taxed (and this is healthcare, not cosmetics) the same as food shouldn't be taxed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalknTrot View Post
    Oh for gawd's sake. More people who refuse to deal with everyday life without some kind of a hand-out or raising a stink.
    I take it you enjoy being taxed then? Health care products shouldn't be taxed, period!
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    Quote Originally Posted by night driver View Post
    Smart phones are give-aways now, Weaves are really an extravagance.

    Tats may well date to a prior time when the money was available.


    Might want to select your judgemental determinates more carefully. There IS a difference between being judgemental and discerning.
    When money is more available you save it for when it isn't.

    I knew a young woman who was always bitchin' about lack of money, no money, etc. etc., and several times showed off her new tats, I-Phones, earrings, etc. etc. and etc. to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night driver View Post
    Smart phones are give-aways now, Weaves are really an extravagance.

    Tats may well date to a prior time when the money was available.


    Might want to select your judgemental determinates more carefully. There IS a difference between being judgemental and discerning.
    Maybe --maybe not--- I am basing my comments from what I have seen in my life experiences

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    Quote Originally Posted by packyderms_wife View Post
    I take it you enjoy being taxed then? Health care products shouldn't be taxed, period!
    Taxes in some form are inevitable. States that don't tax one thing make up for it by taxing something else....often income tax if there's a limited or no sales tax. State revenue has to come from somewhere in the end.

    I'm simply so damned sick of everybody having to be a "special case" and screaming that life is unfair. Deal and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfaMan View Post
    I agree with the protests. Health care items shouldn't be taxed (and this is healthcare, not cosmetics) the same as food shouldn't be taxed.
    I agree too. Especially food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalknTrot View Post
    Taxes in some form are inevitable. States that don't tax one thing make up for it by taxing something else....often income tax if there's a limited or no sales tax. State revenue has to come from somewhere in the end.

    I'm simply so damned sick of everybody having to be a "special case" and screaming that life is unfair. Deal and move on.
    But how do some places do it though. I think some states have no sales tax right? Or some have no tax on food.

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    Perhaps. But women's health isn't necessarily a special case, it's basic human needs in this instance. I'd prefer to see women of all financial brackets healthy rather than ill and if financially strapped, using tax payer dollars to get well. The tax on feminine hygeine items would be a pittance compared to tax payer funded hospitalizations for female health problems.

    And the dollars lost from taxing women's hygeine items can easily be made up in another tax on something else. And I'm sure local and state govt.s are absolutely GIFTED in finding items to tax.



    Quote Originally Posted by WalknTrot View Post
    Taxes in some form are inevitable. States that don't tax one thing make up for it by taxing something else....often income tax if there's a limited or no sales tax. State revenue has to come from somewhere in the end.

    I'm simply so damned sick of everybody having to be a "special case" and screaming that life is unfair. Deal and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfaMan View Post
    Perhaps. But women's health isn't necessarily a special case, it's basic human needs in this instance. I'd prefer to see women of all financial brackets healthy rather than ill and if financially strapped, using tax payer dollars to get well. The tax on feminine hygeine items would be a pittance compared to tax payer funded hospitalizations for female health problems.

    And the dollars lost from taxing women's hygeine items can easily be made up in another tax on something else. And I'm sure local and state govt.s are absolutely GIFTED in finding items to tax.
    I do agree on the "pittance" part. We're talking about 50 cents on a box. Something to take to the streets over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalknTrot View Post
    I do agree on the "pittance" part. We're talking about 50 cents on a box. Something to take to the streets over.
    Fifty cents would buy one serving of Ramen noodles, and if she's cursed with a very heavy flow that tax could be closer to $2! That's a big container of Ramen noodles or a package of cheap hotdogs, a half-pound of ground beef, two dozen eggs, etc. So see she wouldn't have to choose tampons over food if they weren't taxed. If you've never had to struggle with this issue, and I did when I was a college student, then I suggest backing off. And no I do not have tattoos, piercings, other than the two holes in my ears my mom gave me with a needle and potato, etc. Some of us here have actually been homeless, desperately broke, etc., in our lives and had to make some tough choices. I'm sure that there are plenty of members here, though they may never admit it, that went hungry just so their kids could eat. And you can rag that they're not good preppers then, well sorry but no not really, it's called Life Happens! Not everyone has excellent prepper skills, the space to store adequate amounts of food, especially if you're a college student with roommates that eat everything that's not nailed down, or knows how to cook from scratch.

    Again health products should NOT be taxed!

    Someone asked about taxing food. Iowa doesn't tax food, but we do tax candy, deli items, fast food items, and the like. And yes the state could and should find something else to tax instead of tampons, like beer for instance.
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    Virtually NO MALES have to pay this tax to take care of THEIR normal HEALTH needs. So that automatically makes it a tax ONLY WOMEN PAY, thus discriminatory.
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    Talking about the tax... I don't know for a fact that Tx does tax tampons... never used 'em, or bought 'em.

    BUT, looking at WalMart, a large count box of 54 tampons, is $5.27.... so if taxed at the going state sales tax, would equal 43˘. I think 54 tampons should last the month's flow????

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    Quote Originally Posted by ainitfunny View Post
    Virtually NO MALES have to pay this tax to take care of THEIR normal HEALTH needs. So that automatically makes it a tax ONLY WOMEN PAY, thus discriminatory.
    That's a crock.

    It comes out of every familie's budget, for wives and daughters.

    Not only that, women got by without them for how many thousands of years? That makes them a convenience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Co. View Post
    Talking about the tax... I don't know for a fact that Tx does tax tampons... never used 'em, or bought 'em.

    BUT, looking at WalMart, a large count box of 54 tampons, is $5.27.... so if taxed at the going state sales tax, would equal 43˘. I think 54 tampons should last the month's flow????
    Not necessarily!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millwright View Post
    That's a crock.

    It comes out of every familie's budget, for wives and daughters.

    Not only that, women got by without them for how many thousands of years? That makes them a convenience.
    No, it's not a convenience unless you want women walking around with blood running down their legs, cause aside from rags which didn't always work, and moss, that's exactly what women did and why they were put outside of the city gate during that time of the month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ainitfunny View Post
    Virtually NO MALES have to pay this tax to take care of THEIR normal HEALTH needs. So that automatically makes it a tax ONLY WOMEN PAY, thus discriminatory.
    Agreed, but one could argue that a tax on condoms is a men's only tax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalknTrot View Post
    Taxes in some form are inevitable. States that don't tax one thing make up for it by taxing something else....often income tax if there's a limited or no sales tax. State revenue has to come from somewhere in the end.

    I'm simply so damned sick of everybody having to be a "special case" and screaming that life is unfair. Deal and move on.
    Well there are other ways besides sales or income taxes. Perhaps cut the size of state government. Or have use taxes, that way people that use services besides basics pay for the extras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by packyderms_wife View Post
    Agreed, but one could argue that a tax on condoms is a men's only tax.
    And don't forget the tax on viagra.
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    Buttwipe is an essential health item too. It’s taxed. I see no protests about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ainitfunny View Post
    Virtually NO MALES have to pay this tax to take care of THEIR normal HEALTH needs. So that automatically makes it a tax ONLY WOMEN PAY, thus discriminatory.
    Men pay it if they support women who aren't working.

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    When I was young we used to call being our periods, "On the rag." as a holdover from the time when rags were used by our grandmothers before modern manufacturing developed Kotex.

    If one can't afford the tax, then wear a rag.

    ALL paper hygiene products including disposable diapers for babies are a wonderful modern convenience but even so, it's NOT a "Right" to demand special concessions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by packyderms_wife View Post
    No, it's not a convenience unless you want women walking around with blood running down their legs, cause aside from rags which didn't always work, and moss, that's exactly what women did and why they were put outside of the city gate during that time of the month.
    Ah...the good old days. Though if we did go back to rags and moss, I would think today we could spare the extra bedroom to vanquish the bleeders too. Maybe make it a sowing room so they can still be productive...but yes I agree kicking them out of the city is/was over kill...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Profit of Doom View Post
    Get Annoying Occipital Kotex on this. She needs to socialize the industry and share the wealth, and pads. To each according to their needs.
    You do know there are housewives and homesteaders who have tried to start cottage industries making these things in reusable versions (washed in boiling water of course) and they have been constantly shut down for making "medical" devices.

    This topic isn't funny, in rural Ireland and the inner city there are problems with girls staying home from school because they can't afford these products, it happens inside the US as well.

    Back when I was on food stamps in the late 1970s I used to say that I would be happy to trade the "right" to buy "soda pop" or "potato chips" for coupons that allowed me to buy personal supplies, shampoo, TP, etc.
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    yah, its all funny.....




    but its not.


    i don't think anyone should get special treatment. no, i don't think that people should be given free pads. but wait....don't they give free condoms? if there are going to be no taxes on some medical devices, yet still tax others, i think that is the problem.



    as far as the tax on condoms, that is NOT the same thing. both men and women "benefit" from that one. if you don't have a condom, you can simply not do it.


    if a woman has no pads, she can't just not have her period. its happening whether anyone wants it or not.


    and then there is the idea that its a womans' problem. and that it is not really a big deal. you want to see just how fast it will be a man's problem? everything in this modern world that women are expected and required to do is predicated on the fact that she will take care of this issue and deal with it and not inconvenience anyone and still keep on doing everything she is doing at the same level and not show any signs of having her period. if we go back to rags, that is all over. think about that.



    i have been that poor that i had to use made at home reusable pads, and diapers, and wipes. it is not easy in any capacity, and that is if everything goes perfectly. life is not perfect. even if a woman has absolutely no issues connected with her period, and everything is "normal", it is still very difficult to deal with using diy monthly rags. if there are problems such as heavy bleeding (that is just one problem), you would not believe how difficult life suddenly gets. and that can get very expensive as well as your clothes get ruined. that leads to other problems and on and on.


    melodi is right also about people being shut down for making "medical devices".



    i make jokes about this topic too, because...well....there are jokes. but honestly, functional living and trying to deal with this issue is very difficult for many. it is time consuming, expensive, and can be very difficult. do i think there should be a tax on them?


    meh...it would be nice if there wasn't, but c'est la vie.



    if they got rid of it, i would be happy.


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    Haven't you heard? Men need tampons too so you can't use that excuse "its a woman only tax" anymore
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    I totally agree Tampons and Pads should not be taxed! They should be included as an eligible OTC FSA card purchase too. You can buy poise pads and depends, and anything from contact lens solution to bandages to condoms with an FSA card but can’t buy tampons. What!? Taxed enough already.

    On a happy note, “regular” absorbency Tampons and pads are free in the vending machines in the bathroom at my work. don’t have to pay 25 cents for them anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by packyderms_wife View Post
    They are taxed here in Iowa.
    Groceries, prescription drugs and OTC drugs are exempt from the sales tax in Texas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breeta View Post
    I totally agree Tampons and Pads should not be taxed! They should be included as an eligible OTC FSA card purchase too. You can buy poise pads and depends, and anything from contact lens solution to bandages to condoms with an FSA card but can’t buy tampons. What!? Taxed enough already.

    On a happy note, “regular” absorbency Tampons and pads are free in the vending machines in the bathroom at my work. don’t have to pay 25 cents for them anymore.
    Agree on the FSA card, totally.

    In the small town where my kids attended school the nurse would give out any supplies needed, including to take home. These supplies are donations from parents, Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce. We also have a food bank that runs due to donations and funds from activities, they also have these items for those that need them. The area churches (small as the are) provide as much as possible too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Murt View Post
    I wonder how many of the 1n4 that cannot afford the pads have tats and smart phones and weaves
    this^^^

    whoever the idiots promoting this stupid idea, they are liars.

    they got a fancy phone, internet, cable tv, how much are their shoes? do they buy starbucks? smoke cigarettes, buy beer or alcohol?

    at walmart a box of store brand tampons, 54 count is a whop[ping $5.54

    a box of tampax brand for 40 tampons is $4.47.a BOX

    if they cant afford $5 a month for their tampons it is not because they are poor it is because they are stupid with money and want to complain. no way do i believe a woman has to skip a meal to buy tampons, just more 'I deserve FREE stuff' BS
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