What if you were taxed for items that are deemed a necessity to your hygienic health based solely on your sex? This is exactly what is plaguing many Americans today. This unequal taxation is often referred to as the “pink tax,” a term used to describe the marked price difference between goods and services marketed especially towards women. For example, a prominent sociologist has observed women pay on average $1.44 per ounce of deodorant while men pay $1.15 per ounce of deodorant. Feminine hygiene products, deodorant, and razors are just a few of the goods that fall under the pink tax because they are labeled as luxury items. According to the federal government, any item that is related to feminine hygiene is considered a luxury item and is therefore taxed based on a specific state’s laws. Through a review of scholarly literature and an original survey, the present research aims to inform the public on the implications of the pink tax, including demonstrating whether or not it is unconstitutional.
By reviewing scholarly literature and generating an original survey of college students, the present research aims to educate the public on the implications of the pink tax, a sex-based form of discrimination, and demonstrate whether it is unconstitutional to women, families, and anyone who contains a uterus in America.
- Sociology, Political Science, Social Work, Gender and Sexuality