Australian Women Rap Against Tax on Tampons: 'I Bleed and I'm Proud' (VIDEO)
The rap skewers Australia's Goods and Services Tax, which adds a 10 percent price hike to feminine products
This has been a newsy week for menstruation.
First, Kiran Gandhi opened up about running the London Marathon in April without a tampon to raise awareness about women who don’t have access to feminine products. And now, a group of bold Australian ladies are rapping to fight back against the country’s so-called “tampon tax.”
Formally known as the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the controversial Australian tax, introduced in 2000, deemed feminine hygiene products – like tampons and pads – “non-essential,” resulting in a 10% price hike.
The music video, called “Drop It Coz It’s Rot” (inspired by Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” of course), features women rapping about the absurdity of feminine hygiene products not being considered essential, with lyrics like:
“I B.L.E.E.D just coz I was born as me/ So I pay the GST coz menstruation ain’t for free.”
“The vagina, half the people got them / “Yet there’s a tax if you’re born with one of ’em.”
The spoof, created by Australian director Mia Lethbridge, features Christine Forster, the sister of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Australian women are increasingly frustrated by having to pay extra for their periods, a biological reality that is, in fact, essential. A petition created by university student Subeta Vimalarajah in May called “stop taxing my period” has over 101,000 signatures.
“For the 10 million Australians who will menstruate in their lifetime, getting your period isn’t just inconvenient and annoying – it’s expensive,” Vimalarajah wrote in her petition. “Half the population menstruates and they shouldn’t be financially penalised for it.”