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IN People ON 11 Nov, 2015
Tampon tax is absolutely ridiculous. UK government has tagged the tampons as luxury items by showing how non-luxurious periods actually are.
Charlie Edge, 22, from Berkshire, has taken a stand by protesting against it in a very visual manner outside the parliament in London. The ‘free bleeding’ protest led by the girl has raised several eyebrows, but she also managed to garner the attention and support of many people at the same time.
She made a very influential statement by asking a very simple yet significant question: "How quickly would we get free tampons if everyone stopped wearing them?"
She raised the issue that there is no point in categorizing sanitary products as "non-essential luxury items."
The girls spent nearly 3 hours outside the House of Parliament. Though they received positive response from most of the people but there were some people who completely missed her point and made weird comments about their "bloody protest" including things like "It's unhygienic", "It's such a stupid thing to get upset about", "It's gross", "I'm sure there's a better way to get your point across" and so on.
"Today I am forgoing tampons and pads outside the houses of parliament to show how 'luxury' tampons really are," Edge wrote on Facebook Friday. "We are also raising money to buy tampons for homeless shelters, women's shelters and the refugee crisis. We're getting lots of dirty looks and someone just shouted at us to get a job," she continued. "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," she wrote.
Edge wrote, "People are so quick to tell that the tampon tax is something we shouldn't be upset about … But then they get upset when I show them the reality of the necessity of sanitary items. She continued, "I can understand the hate coming from men. I'm used to getting hate from random men on the internet. But ladies, if you're really THAT grossed out by a small red stain on a lady's crotch you need some quick year 7 biology pronto."