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Tampon Earrings: Brilliant Statement or Totally Ridiculous?

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Tampon Earrings: Brilliant Statement or Totally Ridiculous?

by Maressa Brown

melissa harris-perry tampon earringsEver since women's tampons were confiscated in the midst of the state's abortion law protests, it's been hard not to wag our tongues or roll our eyes about the Texas State Troopers' move to apparently protect lawmakers from having feminine hygiene products hurled at them. Plenty of jokes have been made about the strange incident, but most recently, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry decided to draw attention to it by wearing tampon earrings on her Sunday morning news show ...

She explained that her producer had made them for her and said that women standing up for their own reproductive rights weren't allowed to bring tampons in, so "in case that ever happens again, ladies, you can just bring them on your earrings." Ha!

Okay, so maybe it wasn't the highest-brow way to criticize what happened down there a couple of weeks back in the Lone Star State, but those hygienic accessories certainly got people talking! And that, I'm sure, was fully Harris-Perry's intention ... That seeing how totally ridiculous those earrings are would make us think just how wacky and insane it was for tampons to be taken away from women in the first place.

More from The Stir: Tampons Attacked for Holding Women Back

Sure, anyone thinking they could actually effect change by launching tampons at a lawmaker isn't going about their protest in the right way. But how many women were actually planning on using their tampons as a weapon?! And come on -- even if they were, was it really so much of a threat that the troopers had to start pilfering through their bags? It was simply nuts and only serves to underline how out of control, backasswards things have gotten in this war on women Texas constituents never even asked for politicians to wage.

For calling our attention to the ludicrousness of it all, those tampon earrings totally did their job!

Here's the clip if you missed it ...

What do you think about Melissa Harris-Perry's tampon earrings stunt?

by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:57 AM
Replies (21-30):
jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Jul. 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

That's actually very questionable:

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/07/17/protesters-question-dps-report-confiscations/

There doesn't seem to be any proof.  

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:


There were reports/threats about protest groups planning to throw USED tampons/pads/condoms at politicians.  (DId you know they confiscated condoms, too?)  At that point it is a major health concern, as who knows what could be on them, kwim?  After receiving the tip and doing the bag searches, they did collect a lot of unsafe materials as well, including 18 jars of suspected feces, 1 jar of suspected urine, 3 jars of paint, and bags of glitter.  Even if they only suspected it was fecal matter in the jars, what other purpose would you have to carry a jar of something that looks like poop onto the floor?

Still, I think the manner in which they went about it was entirely wrong.  I think they should have made the threats public knowledge and sent out notices or posted somewhere that they would not allow certain items in that particular meeting due to the threats.  By keeping it secret and just confiscating it made them look like idiots, and now the masses don't know about the threats, just the acts they took to prevent it.


Quoting Stephanie329:

I've read conflicting stories, some stating that the tampon confiscating didn't actually happen. If it did, I can't figure out why. Taking the story is true, it ridiculous so it's fine that this response to it brings home how ridiculous the whole the was.





supercarp
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2013 at 9:21 AM

 What exactly would you bet? Your life?

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:

 

Rebel?  Yes.  Fling a tampon or condom at lawmakers on the floor?  No.  There are far better way to rebel.  Plus, there were threats that they'd be throwing USED tampons and condoms on the floor.  In those boxes and boxes they took, I bet there were a few used ones floating around.  They were crazy enough to bring in urine and feces in jars, I bet they were crazy enough to bring in that, too.

Quoting supercarp:

 Those proceedings were designed to take rights away from people. If you were going to have a random right taken away (say, your freedom to walk around freely) wouldn't you rebel?

 

Quoting candlegal:

I would be willing to bet the majority of them were for disruption and I am glad they had the sense to confiscate them. If you remember, they were tipped off that they were bringing all this in to disrupt the proceedings.
Quoting supercarp:

 I am willing to bet they took all of the tampons and didn't discern possible usage.

Quoting candlegal:

Not when the express purpose of bringing them is to cause a disruption.  It would be one thing it they were confiscasting one or two tampons, but they were confiscating them by the box.  Who carries a whole box of tampons in their purse for a couple of hours?

Quoting supercarp:

 I don't approve of pee flinging. But there is no use for containers of pee. Tampons are different.

Quoting candlegal:

along with all the containers of pee they took away.

Quoting supercarp:

I wouldn't do it myself, but I think it is great.

They took tampons away from women who needed them in the fear that some might get thrown (oooh, save us from the heavy and dangerous projectiles!) Texas, gah.


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mrs.Kubalabuku
by Bronze Member on Jul. 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM


A bit over-dramatic, aren't ya?

What amazes me about many of these protestors is that they'll go to such childish lengths to cause a scene, but never ONCE will they write to these lawmakers, call and leave messages, etc.  According to sheer statistics, most of those protesting the laws being made right now DIDN'T EVEN VOTE.  They trust some figurehead to tell them what to do and when, and then everybody looks like idiots.  In the end, they are simply trading the power of the lawmakers for the power of a puppet master who may or may not have THEIR best interests at heart.

I do worry about the legislation.  I don't live in Texas, so I'm a bit limited in what I can do about it down there.  However, I've written my state's representatives about the issue and made my opinion known.  I've called and actually been able to speak with two of them.  I've received letters back, not just bland, mass produced letters, either.  The thing one secretary told me while I was on hold once was shocking:  Not many people actually COMMUNICATE with their elected leadership anymore.  They rely on these silly protests.  Pair that up with the massive numbers of US citizens who have never seen the inside of a voting booth, and you have a national crisis.

So, I can either fling a tampon on the floor, or I can write in and let my leadership know they will lose my vote on certain subjects.  I bet if a lot more people would remind these leaders where the votes come from, and then back it up at the polls, there wouldn't be a need for these protests.  The problem this country faces is people want quick and flashy solutions.  And when it comes to voting, they rely on others to make it to the polls.  Oh, I have ot work late, I have a headache, my vote doesn't matter anyways...Oh, was that today?

When you sit back, don't vote, or vote in incumbents who consistently go against your interests, you can't expect things to change because you throw a tampon.  Sorry.

Quoting supercarp:

 What exactly would you bet? Your life?

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:


Rebel?  Yes.  Fling a tampon or condom at lawmakers on the floor?  No.  There are far better way to rebel.  Plus, there were threats that they'd be throwing USED tampons and condoms on the floor.  In those boxes and boxes they took, I bet there were a few used ones floating around.  They were crazy enough to bring in urine and feces in jars, I bet they were crazy enough to bring in that, too.

Quoting supercarp:

 Those proceedings were designed to take rights away from people. If you were going to have a random right taken away (say, your freedom to walk around freely) wouldn't you rebel?


Quoting candlegal:

I would be willing to bet the majority of them were for disruption and I am glad they had the sense to confiscate them. If you remember, they were tipped off that they were bringing all this in to disrupt the proceedings.
Quoting supercarp:

 I am willing to bet they took all of the tampons and didn't discern possible usage.

Quoting candlegal:

Not when the express purpose of bringing them is to cause a disruption.  It would be one thing it they were confiscasting one or two tampons, but they were confiscating them by the box.  Who carries a whole box of tampons in their purse for a couple of hours?

Quoting supercarp:

 I don't approve of pee flinging. But there is no use for containers of pee. Tampons are different.

Quoting candlegal:

along with all the containers of pee they took away.

Quoting supercarp:

I wouldn't do it myself, but I think it is great.

They took tampons away from women who needed them in the fear that some might get thrown (oooh, save us from the heavy and dangerous projectiles!) Texas, gah.















Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Jul. 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM

A bit off topic:

I had a crazy friend who was a giant tampon one Halloween (chicken wire, a sheet, a rope tied from her belt loop). I can't remember the statement she was making, but it had something to do with what was going on in the world at the time.

The funny thing was she hitchhiked in her costume and got a ride. I always envisioned this giant tampon on the side of the road with an arm and a thumb sticking out. The good ole days.

supercarp
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

 Again, I'm not in favor of tampon, poo or pee flinging but I am concerned that people feel so powerless that they resort to these measures. It's easy to stand back and call someone crazy, but I think it's better to try to understand what their issue is. 

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:

 

A bit over-dramatic, aren't ya?

What amazes me about many of these protestors is that they'll go to such childish lengths to cause a scene, but never ONCE will they write to these lawmakers, call and leave messages, etc.  According to sheer statistics, most of those protesting the laws being made right now DIDN'T EVEN VOTE.  They trust some figurehead to tell them what to do and when, and then everybody looks like idiots.  In the end, they are simply trading the power of the lawmakers for the power of a puppet master who may or may not have THEIR best interests at heart.

I do worry about the legislation.  I don't live in Texas, so I'm a bit limited in what I can do about it down there.  However, I've written my state's representatives about the issue and made my opinion known.  I've called and actually been able to speak with two of them.  I've received letters back, not just bland, mass produced letters, either.  The thing one secretary told me while I was on hold once was shocking:  Not many people actually COMMUNICATE with their elected leadership anymore.  They rely on these silly protests.  Pair that up with the massive numbers of US citizens who have never seen the inside of a voting booth, and you have a national crisis.

So, I can either fling a tampon on the floor, or I can write in and let my leadership know they will lose my vote on certain subjects.  I bet if a lot more people would remind these leaders where the votes come from, and then back it up at the polls, there wouldn't be a need for these protests.  The problem this country faces is people want quick and flashy solutions.  And when it comes to voting, they rely on others to make it to the polls.  Oh, I have ot work late, I have a headache, my vote doesn't matter anyways...Oh, was that today?

When you sit back, don't vote, or vote in incumbents who consistently go against your interests, you can't expect things to change because you throw a tampon.  Sorry.

Quoting supercarp:

 What exactly would you bet? Your life?

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:

 

Rebel?  Yes.  Fling a tampon or condom at lawmakers on the floor?  No.  There are far better way to rebel.  Plus, there were threats that they'd be throwing USED tampons and condoms on the floor.  In those boxes and boxes they took, I bet there were a few used ones floating around.  They were crazy enough to bring in urine and feces in jars, I bet they were crazy enough to bring in that, too.

Quoting supercarp:

 Those proceedings were designed to take rights away from people. If you were going to have a random right taken away (say, your freedom to walk around freely) wouldn't you rebel?

 

Quoting candlegal:

I would be willing to bet the majority of them were for disruption and I am glad they had the sense to confiscate them. If you remember, they were tipped off that they were bringing all this in to disrupt the proceedings.
Quoting supercarp:

 I am willing to bet they took all of the tampons and didn't discern possible usage.

Quoting candlegal:

Not when the express purpose of bringing them is to cause a disruption.  It would be one thing it they were confiscasting one or two tampons, but they were confiscating them by the box.  Who carries a whole box of tampons in their purse for a couple of hours?

Quoting supercarp:

 I don't approve of pee flinging. But there is no use for containers of pee. Tampons are different.

Quoting candlegal:

along with all the containers of pee they took away.

Quoting supercarp:

I wouldn't do it myself, but I think it is great.

They took tampons away from women who needed them in the fear that some might get thrown (oooh, save us from the heavy and dangerous projectiles!) Texas, gah.


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Sep. 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM

My first reaction is that she has a sense of humor, because she's wearing tampons on her ears. 

My second reaction is, you couldn't pay me enough to wear tampons on my ears.

mommy1234242
by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM

and the thing that is really disgusting is that they let people with concealed weapons in - cause you know only tampons can kill a person and guns don't kill people - people do - lmfao 


Quoting supercarp:

I wouldn't do it myself, but I think it is great.

They took tampons away from women who needed them in the fear that some might get thrown (oooh, save us from the heavy and dangerous projectiles!) Texas, gah.



paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:04 AM


Quoting Shoota:

To each their own I suppose...I do admire her tenacity. It does send a message and got people talking, so...well done.


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DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

I'm guessing the same lot are card carrying PITA members too. Extremism in any facet only makes you look like a moronic lemming. 

DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Sep. 24, 2013 at 2:40 AM


You need to research. The GUNS were never allowed in the courthouse. Those that had them were directed to another line so they could hand over their guns prior to entering past the security check point. 

Quoting mommy1234242:

and the thing that is really disgusting is that they let people with concealed weapons in - cause you know only tampons can kill a person and guns don't kill people - people do - lmfao 


Quoting supercarp:

I wouldn't do it myself, but I think it is great.

They took tampons away from women who needed them in the fear that some might get thrown (oooh, save us from the heavy and dangerous projectiles!) Texas, gah.





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