Julia Hartley-Brewer: The campaign to end VAT on tampons is one of the silliest the sisterhood has ever mounted

Yesterday I was involved in a discussion on BBC Radio Leicester about the ‘Tampon Tax’. A feminist made a claim about women’s expecnditure on tampons, and I made the point that I’d use her figure as the basis for discussion, although feminists were notorious for lying.

The presenter, Monica Winfield, imperiosuy said I couldn’t generalise that feminists were liars, to which I retorted that I could, and would. The discussion is here.

I’m grateful to HEqual for sending me some comments, which take up the remainder of this blog piece:

“Mike you were ABSOLUTELY right about her lying and you’ve totally underestimated the scale of her lie. That 18K figure is the most insane feminist exaggeration yet. Here’s the figures:

She insanely claims women in the UK spend £18K over a lifetime on sanitary products and even that’s rounded down from the actual figure feminists use which is £18,450

18,450 / 40 years = £461.25 per year

Assuming there are 20 million UK women using said products then that tells us the total UK market is worth amazing £9.225 billion each year.

In reality, most tampons are remarkably cheap and of course what shrinks the cost is that women aren’t using them every day.

The GLOBAL market is current totals less than £10 billion:


i.e. it seems that some feminist idiot has taken a report about the entire planet, erased billions of women from existence apart from those in the UK and pretended the only women that exist or buy tampons are those in the UK!

The lie is fully debunked by Julia Hartley-Brewer in the Telegraph here:


So rather than the actual tax spend being £1,000 in a lifetime it could be as low as £30.

just think how insane the figure of £18,000 in a lifetime is. Plenty of people don’t even earn that in a year – total madness!

I think some sort of communication to that feminist presenter proving your were even more correct than you thought is in order given her very determined belief that feminists tell the truth when defending what was clearly about the biggest lie going.

I’ll be sending out a few tweets at the very least.

2 thoughts on “Julia Hartley-Brewer: The campaign to end VAT on tampons is one of the silliest the sisterhood has ever mounted

  1. This is just as it can be said “hysteria” speaking! I use to buy my ex’s tampons and they would be “gold plated” at that price given by our “rf” commentator! But the VAT question is one for contraceptives too. But being a balanced feminist there are aspects of argument for as such on them unless thay have a concessionary rate already.

    To be honest guys and girls these are hardly the topic of the day at my Samaritan Clinic. There are far more important issues than this to be debated (in Parliament) and to be realistic to society re, balancing families. We have to be concentrating on these important society issues than on a tampon tax right or wrong because the more money shared in a family even if disjunct, the more money a women will have to purchase her tampons.

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