Episode 29: Blood Money – Tampon Tax and Period Poverty

In the second episode of our menstruation series, we talk about the painful truth of financial discrimination based on biology. Yep, tampon tax, period poverty, the whole bloody shebang.

Get yourself a blanket, a cup of tea and lots of chocolate and listen to us talk about the high costs of menstruating.

Bonus: you’ll learn more about our vaginas than you ever wanted to know. so yay.


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