Are You Taxed For Being A Female?

Period Equity

I’m not the sort of person who pays any attention to “feminine” products. But this had me sit up. Chapstick is exempt from sales tax because it’s regarded as a medical must-have. But tampons? They’re not. 40 states levy what’s known as a “tampon tax.”

Yet, Viagra, condoms, toilet paper and many food products go tax-free. Period Equity is an organization, which is working with activists to eliminate that tax, state by state, through these witty messages.


“Victoria’s Secret.”

As a fan of the Victorian era, this brief, published in The Economist, under the headline, “Victoria’s Secret,” caught my attention.

The short piece on the “queen’s knickers,” is amusing, to me, for the elevated and dignified voice in which it describes, what’s essentially, a humorously raunchy, but sensitive, topic: royal unmentionables.

What do you buy the monarchist who has everything? One auction bidder has the answer: knickers that belonged to Queen Victoria. The buyer paid £6,200 ($9,900) for them on October 12th at an auction in Kent. At her death in 1901, Victoria bequeathed several dozen pairs of bloomers to her servants (“for loyal service”), but only one other complete pair has been found and sold.

It has a wonderfully elliptical manner of saying that the queen was a corpulent woman.

These drawers are interesting because the 52-inch waist shows how well Her Majesty ate in later years.

The sale is part of a growing market for the underwear of famous dead people: recent auctions have tried to sell the smalls of Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, and Elvis Presley. Someone wanted £7,000 for the King’s briefs in 2012, but they didn’t sell. Only Victoria’s have sat on an actual throne.


Hold On. My Ring Is Ringing.


Ladies: how many calls have you missed because your phone was buzzing inside your purse? Or, on how many occasions have you felt your phone vibrate, but by the time you got around to answering it, it had stopped.

So this doesn’t happen annoyingly often, Ringly, a maker of Bluetooth jewelry, has developed a ring, that, well, rings.
Their offering is a piece of gold-plated costume jewelry, adorned with gemstones like black onyx, rainbow moonstone, pink sapphire, or emerald.

Placed in the pavilion is the Bluetooth technology, which allows the ring to communicate with a phone, relaying alerts for calls, texts or social media messages. Depending on the nature of the communication, a tiny light on the side of the crown blinks in a different color.