I just came from the drug store. Because ever since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, which protected a woman’s right to getting an abortion, I’ve been petrified. And even though I’m not currently sexually active, I’m doing my damndest to become sexually active again! And I’m still in my childbearing years, even though I’m 42. So, I thought it would be smart to purchase some Plan B to have on hand, JUST IN CASE. Because it’s not looking good for Pennsylvania in terms of abortion rights and where PA will land with their laws. And I just had to pay $50 FUCKING DOLLARS for one package of this. For one pill! And this my friends, is an example of the pink tax.
In an ideal world, if I were to become pregnant accidentally, I would hope that my partner would help out with this cost. Or just buy this for me. Because this wouldn’t just be my problem. It would be his as well. However, a man does have the ability to run from this kind of problem. Women cannot. We can’t run from our bodies if we get pregnant, and we are ultimately trapped in our situation if the pregnancy is unwanted. However, this post isn’t about abortion or pregnancy. It’s about money!
Read more articles in the Money and Finances section of my blog.
WHAT IS THE PINK TAX?
I don’t claim to be the most politically aware goddess in the world. But I try. And I had never heard of the pink tax until recently. When ma girl, Sallie Krawcheck, mentioned it in one of her articles, “What’s the Gender Wealth Gap, and How Can We Close It?” If any of you reading this are women and you care about your finances, safety, security, and future, you should know about Ellevest, founded by Sallie Krawcheck. And if you are a man and love or care about any woman in your life, you should bring Ellevest to their attention, and/or learn about it yourself. It’s the first and only female-run investment company. And Sallie’s mission is to put more money in the hands of women. Anyway, I first heard about the pink tax from Sallie, because she’s the best, and I love her.
“The pink tax refers to the extra amount of money women pay for specific products or services. Sometimes you’ll see or hear it referred to as gender discrimination or gender-pricing.”-Listen Money Matters, “Pink Tax: The Cost of Being A Female Consumer”
I admit that at first I was kind of skeptical. Like how much more are we really paying for? But then I started thinking about all the things I would buy for myself, compared to my ex, who didn’t have to buy any of that. And I started getting so fired up about it. Because it’s one of those bullshit, embedded-into-society, super subtle things that most women don’t even think about. Until we do.
Multiple studies have shown that on average, a woman pays about $1,300 per year MORE than a man for basic self-care and lifestyle products. This does not include overindulgent spending sprees and frivolous purchases. No, this is basic shit like getting a haircut and purchasing razors and shaving cream.
ITEMS THAT GET THE PINK TAX MARKUP
According to Value Penguin, referenced by Ellevest, here are some of the items that get the pink tax markup.
ITEMS THAT GET THE PINK TAX MARKUP
Women frequently pay more for products that are marketed specifically to women, but they also pay more for services than men do. Some pink tax examples include:
- Tampons: While other medically necessary products, such as prescription drugs and neck braces, are exempt from state sales tax, 36 states still tax women’s menstrual products. It’s called the “tampon tax.”
- Personal care products: Shampoo and conditioner, razors, lotion, deodorant, body wash and shaving cream all fall under this category. Gillette, for instance, took heat over the fact that its women’s razors cost more than those for men.
- Dry cleaning: It costs more to dry clean women’s clothes than men’s.
- Toys: Even for gender-neutral toys like bikes, scooters, backpacks, helmets and arts and crafts items, those marketed to girls cost more.
- Clothes: Both women’s and girls’ clothing see a higher markup than those for boys and men.
- Mortgages: Mortgages cost more for sole female borrowers, in part because they have weaker credit overall. But other studies show women default less on mortgages than men, even controlling for credit differences, all of which says single female borrowers are paying more than they should.
- Haircuts: Women pay more for a haircut than men, even when their hair is the same length.
- Senior/home health care products: Supports and braces, canes, compression socks, adult incontinence products and digestive health products cost more for senior women than senior men.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
You know, the more I research, and the more I see how much research there actually is on this topic, I get really fired up! And I just want to bring this to your attention in case you weren’t aware. Because I wasn’t aware. We all live our own lives the way we choose to, and that’s fine. But I want to make sure we’re all on the same page about the truth of things. I strive to uncover the truth, especially when it comes to goddess topics, goddess living, and goddess ideals.
1. You can buy the men’s version of products such as razors, shaving cream, and deodorant, if you wish. The quality is no different, and yet the price difference is noticeable, even if only by a few dollars. But that shit adds up. And the question is, why is it more???
2. Do your own research and click on the links I have included in this blog post. Knowledge is power, and sometimes, that’s all you need to move to a higher level of goddess awareness.
3. Talk about this with the men in your life. And when possible, ask them to contribute to the cost of your female-centric expenses. Why should we bear the burden of extra costs simply because we have vaginas?
That’s all for now since this topic is fresh in my brain and I’m still learning about it. And sorry to those of you who already know what the pink tax is. This article may seem redundant, and good for you for being so in the know! xo
THANK YOU FOR READING!
So, have you ever heard of the pink tax? And doesn’t this piss you off? I know as a single woman, I struggle to pay the bills without being able to share my expenses with a partner. And this pink tax just feels like one more kick in the crotch. But maybe I’m just overly fired up. What do you think? I certainly don’t think so! xo
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