A party-list representative recently suggested that taxes should go on cosmetics rather than fuel. And to call out how ridiculous this is, netizens—both men and women—posted their sentiments with the hashtag #DontTaxMyBeauty.
This started when Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe suggested to reconsider the excise tax implemented on fuel products because it’ll affect daily life. He also adds that the people who can afford cosmetics are those who have the capacity to spend.
“Tax revenues from the beauty industry, if properly collected has the capability of surpassing even the sin taxes collected from tobacco and alcohol,” Batocabe said in a statement.
Netizens took to Twitter to express their qualms about the proposed “vanity tax,” calling it unconstitutional and just another way to shame women.
Now we have to fight for makeup on top of dealing with your dumb rape jokes and sexual innuendos in a house hearing. #DontTaxMyBeauty
— Paige Occeñola (@ohnopaige) January 10, 2017
A society that shames women for how they look without makeup now wants to punish them financially. #DontTaxMyBeauty
— Sasuke Uchiha (@kirishiimas) January 10, 2017
— The Corpus Juris ⚖️ (@thecorpusjuris) January 10, 2017
This isn't "just about make-up". It's but a small reflection of a system that impacts women disproportionately. #Donttaxmybeauty
— nega star (@lizzytimbreza) January 10, 2017
Some even noted how a few personalities evaded tax in the past. (*cough* Manny Pacquiao *cough*)
— nami (@OYEVlTNE) January 10, 2017
What about increasing income taxes of billionaires ? #DontTaxMyBeauty
— Noemi L. Dado (@momblogger) January 10, 2017
As of writing, #DontTaxMyBeauty is the top trending topic in the Philippines.
Makeup tax underlies a bigger issue as it implies that a woman should pay extra just to look “presentable” in the real world. This also exploits the fact that women can shell out money to buy cosmetics.
Let’s be real here: NO ONE should be taxed with using something that makes them feel empowered, much more makeup. It is not a vice that you should fine people for nor is it a money-making venture just because you don’t want to pay extra tax for your fuel.
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