Have you heard of the "pink tax"--a term for the routine practice of charging more for products and services targeted to women than those targeted to men? If not, you will soon. Though the term's been around for years, and the practice itself has existed from the earliest days of commerce, both have gained more prominence lately. That's thanks to a study showing just how common it is, and a bill introduced in the House to make gender-based pricing illegal. Now, Burger King has gotten into the act in a very witty way.
To highlight the unfairness of the pink tax (so called because products for women are often colored pink), Burger King recently briefly offered its regular Chicken Fries for $1.69 a box, or "Chick Fries," the same food in the same serving size, but in a pretty pink box where the chicken has a bow and eyelashes, for $3.09. Then they created an ad.
At the end of the ad, after declaring that Chick Fries would be priced at $1.69 for everyone, Burger King invites viewers to support H.R. 5686, the Pink Tax Repeal Act, which would make it illegal to price similar products differently depending on whether they are for men or women. California Representative Jackie Speier (D) introduced the bill in April, saying that she wanted to spark conversation about gender disparity in pricing.