According to journal Gender Issues, dry-cleaning women’s shirts costs twice as much as men’s. Of this, Martyn Lewis, formerly of the Textile Services Association, said: “It’s not that we see women customers coming and think, ‘Right, we’ll charge you a fiver more’. The reason is that a man’s garment comes in a standard shape so it can be placed on the shirt-finishing machine (a dummy onto which a shirt is fitted during pressing). We charge according to the garment, not the customer.”Meanwhile, The Daily Mail suggested a razor in a four-pack of Gillette Simply Venus 2 disposables for women cost 56p each – “13p more than those in the ten-pack of the male version“. Of course, according to a Gillette spokesman at the time of the article, James Williams, this is because the hair women shave on their bodies are different to those men shave on their face and neck – “and nearly every body part a female shaves has curvature.” From buying cars to perfume, much research has suggested women are taxed more for certain products, even when it comes to products men will never use (tampons). But one company has put its foot down. Lingerie company Amoena, which manufacturers bras for women who have undergone mastectomies, claimed at court that taxing breast cancer survivors for having to wear different bras was unfair. Read more about UK tax:
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