You what?

Tax is gendered since men pay more tax than women because they earn more and since women receive more public services and benefits from the state because they contribute more unpaid care-work than men. Public services, such as health, are disproportionately used by women, employ women, and are politically supported by women.

OK, agreed on the set up. So, what\’s the policy implication?

Reducing the non-payment of tax is a feminist issue.

Eh? Since when has feminism been about women being able to get more of the sweat from mens\’ brows?

Equality, yes: but can\’t that also mean that public services should be reduced so that men aren\’t in fact coughing up more of the money that pays for them?

8 thoughts on “You what?”

  1. No, because all men are bastards.

    BTW, if someone came up with a plausible argument that support for nuclear power was a feminist issue, would the trots have to support nuclear power?

  2. “Since when has feminism been about women being able to get more of the sweat from mens’ brows?”

    Forever, as far as I am aware.

    Have you read any divorce court reports recently?

  3. I don’t think I would agree with her, but surely on her own terms she has a case.

    If tax is viewed as a social necessity to get men to pay for work that it does but not market paid-for such as child-rearing and housework, then surely tax avoidance would be like not paying for a share of that?

  4. should read ‘to pay for work that IS done’ not ‘it does’ or in fact ‘to pay for work that is necessary’ would be even better.

  5. Matthew,

    Taxation as a means to pay for child rearing and housework? Surely that is a matter for individual families rather than the State.

  6. Oh sure, I’m just saying if you think that it is a reason for taxation…

    …and to be honest it has been, I think.The backdrop to the introduction of child benefits and so on, mainly by right-wing religious parties in continental Europe, was surely with a view to strengthening the family, both by acknowledging the State’s intesting in having healthy and educated children, and also to correct for a market imperfection in the payment of women for doing this job.

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