Feminists Want Porn Tax

Gretchen Gallen
CANADA – Pornography and violent video games promote inequality for women, says a group of feminists who are calling for a special tax on porn and games as a way to supplement government revenue and provide more funds for social services.

The idea behind implementing a porn tax was introduced by a coalition of women's groups who are reportedly planning to present their idea to Canada's Finance Minister for consideration sometime this week.

If the Finance Minister approves the taxation plan, the women's coalition will be called upon to help define what is porn and what is not.

The plan has so far met with support from local adult business owners.

"It gives us a better look," one business owner was quoted as saying. " We're not all dirty, scuzzy men with trench coats."

The feminist groups are making a broad presentation to the Minister titled "Manitoba's Gender Budget" that will also include other facets of the economy that the coalition feels could be tapped into for added revenue. The goal of the coalition is to bring to the Finance Minister's attention the needs of under-budgeted social services that the group feels have been overlooked by the government.

"Whenever we ask for more money for different programs, the government says we don't have enough revenue," said coalition representative Jennifer deGroot. "So, we're saying, 'Look, why don't you create more sources of revenue?' First of all, stop cutting taxes. Second of all, there are some more things that could be taxed."

The push to call attention to women's needs in Canada stems from a United Nations Platform for Action Committee, which reviewed women's roles in the economy when it comes to childcare, housing and poverty.

The Finance Minister is responsible for introducing the provincial budget by April 19.