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Tennessee's GOP-dominated legislature reluctant to include tampons in tax holiday

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As many have convincingly argued, tampons shouldn’t be taxed anyway because, like food, they’re a basic necessity.

Of course, in the “good old days” women who were on their period were considered “unclean” for seven days, and then they had to fetch two turtledoves for the local priest to sacrifice before they could be “clean” again, so these dudes probably think they’re being really gracious and accommodating, all things considered.

Associated Press:

A proposal to include feminine hygiene products during Tennessee's annual sales-tax holiday faced resistance Tuesday from lawmakers concerned about the lack of limit on such purchases.

The legislation is the latest evolution of a push to eliminate the so-called “tampon tax” on items such as tampons and menstrual pads.

The bill would allow these products to be tax free during Tennessee's three day weekend where certain goods — ranging from $1,500 computers to $100 clothing items — can be purchased tax free. The weekend is held the last Friday in July, when most families are preparing for the new school year.

Of course, some lawmakers balked at including tampons in their tax holiday, maybe because the tax break would go to ordinary people and not corporations (i.e., very special and deserving people).

For his part, Republican Sen. Joey Hensley, a nonmenstruating man, was skeptical: “I would think since it's a sales tax holiday, there's really no limit on the number of items anybody can purchase. I don't know how you would limit the number of items someone could purchase.”

Oh, noes! You mean women might stock up on tampons and — erp! — use them? How dare they?

Democratic Sen. Brenda Gilmore was a bit more understanding: “It's a very uncomfortable conversation to have, there are some young girls who use rags and cloths because they can't afford these products and we should not allow our young girls to be submitted to this humiliation.”

According to the bill, women already spend around $120 a year on feminine hygiene products. Do they really need to dole out lobbying money to buy up a bunch of Tennessee Republican douchebags? Because that hardly seems fair.

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