Tampons are not a luxury. While the British Parliament disagrees – and recently decided to uphold a 5% tax on tampons to that effect — one woman is fighting back. Charlie Edge, 22, stood outside Parliament, refusing to use any sanitary products while on her period (or “free-bleeding”), in order to prove just how non-essential these products are.
“Everyone keeps saying ‘haha omg how quickly would we get free tampons if everyone stopped wearing them?!'” Edge wrote Friday in a Facebook post. “So, I’m giving it a go. … Maybe bleeding on their doorstep will get the Tories to do something about this?”
On the other hand, Nigerian women didn’t do to badly too when they protested half naked in Ibadan on November 10, calling for the sack of Prof. Malachy Akoroda for allegedly mismanaging the funds of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN). Funny though, their male counterparts didn’t go half-naked. See photos.
Nigerian women have been going half naked to protest many things. They did so to curse former Head of State Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida 17 years ago, and more recently in Ogun, Kaduna, Ekiti and Oyo States to protest government actions.
Since Edge started her protest, she has been “getting lots of dirty looks” from passers-by who also yell at her “to get a job,” she wrote. But she refuses to give up.
The tampon tax: “It is absurd that while men’s razors, children’s nappies and even products like Jaffa Cakes, exotic meats and edible cake decorations are
free from VAT, women are still having to pay additional costs on what is already an expensive yet vital product,” MP Alison Thewliss told the BBC in October.
These women may be creating sickening scenes by bleeding free in public, but they are making their point in a big, albeit messy way.
Can you imagine this happening in hot, humid Nigeria; the sight and stench too?