As the wage gap between men and women continues to close, many lose sight of the ever present ‘pink tax’ that exploits a woman’s need for self-care and hygienic products. More and more people have the nerve to ask questions such as “why is there even a need to feminism anymore?” or state “women are pretty much equal to men now, so feminists just want to be better than men.” Well, despite the stereotypes of weakness and stupidity that many subject women to, females are still at an economic disadvantage due to the higher prices they must pay to obtain important feminine products.
There is a lack of publicity in regards to the ‘pink tax’ perfectly describes that corporations slide by taking advantage of women in an effort to make more money. In focusing in on feminine products such as pads, tampons, and panty liners, it is exasperating at how high their prices are. A box of 36 tampons at Walgreens costs roughly seven dollars. In inferring that a woman uses five tampons a day, and has a five-day cycle, with about 456 periods in a lifetime, that would be about 9,120 tampons. That would mean it would cost a woman about $1,773 dollars to pay for tampons in a lifetime, never mind the pantyliners and pads. It is absurd for a corporation that spends minimal money manufacturing these devices to ask a woman to pay that much to practice good hygiene.
After looking at the enormous price women must pay to maintain a comfortable daily life due to the ‘pink tax,’ one may wonder how impoverished women can afford for these products. The answer to that question is that they cannot. Luckily, there are organizations, including Planned Parenthood that provide women with feminine products if they cannot afford it themselves. Only in eliminating the ‘tampon tax’ will it become easier for women of all socioeconomic standings to pay for their own feminine hygiene products.
Ultimately, it always boils down to individuals trying to control the body’s of women, whether it is in regards to their reproductive rights, or in the case of the ‘pink tax,’ their personal hygiene upkeep. Though the wage gap is seemingly closing, women continue to pay unnecessarily expensive prices in ensuring they can go about their lives comfortably. So, when individuals ask “why does feminism still exist when the wage gap is closing?” one can reply by simply explaining the immoral expectation for women to pay more for products that are a necessity to life.