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YouTube Star Ingrid Nilsen Challenges President Obama On Tampon Tax

YouTube Star Ingrid Nilsen Challenges President Obama On Tampon Tax

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"I suspect it's because men were making the laws," Obama responded. 

Since YouTube star Ingrid Nilsen came out last year in a video on her channel (a video that has been viewed more than 13 million times to date), the 26-year-old has grown into a far more politically-focused role than her beginnings as a lifestyle vlogger would have suggested. Recently, she was one of three YouTubers invited to a sit-down with President Barack Obama at the White House. She raised issues and concerns that the President was aware of--like LGBT rights--and those he wasn't, like the fact that 40 states tax feminine hygine products as "luxury" items.

"I don't know anyone who has a period that thinks it's a luxury," Nilsen said.

Watch the exchange below:

Tampon Tax

"We are being taxed for being women."President Obama had no idea that 40 U.S. states impose a tax on feminine hygiene products. Because, you know, they are "luxury goods."

Posted by AJ+ on Tuesday, 19 January 2016

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