2013-07-13 05:21 pm (UTC)
A thought from a Man
I just wanted to say, as a man, an American Citizen and a voter........ YOU GO GIRL!!!!! Very well said. Time to vote idiots out and let them know that Men's 1776 attitudes about the opposite sex need to stay in 1776.
"I think we might need more than one Ranger for this Riot. Too many tampons."
Since the lege apparently believes that only people on their side a) own firearms and b) have a concealed carry permit, it has been mentioned here and there that perhaps women who *do* have such a permit ought to bring their pieces to the Capitol just like the other guys, and those with firearms and no concealed carry permit should just bring their rifles and shotguns and march around outside--since we have no law against displaying such things and in fact there's a picture of a guy with one on the Capitol steps dangling a tampon from his other hand.
Alas, it's the Department of Public Safety (an increasingly unsuitable name, given the duties they're assigned) that's tasked with security in the Capitol, not the Rangers.
Would they allow someone in with a Nerf Gun?
And can anybody think of a quick way to load such with tampons?
Get a ball mold for candles or soap. Stuff the tampon into it with some water to bloat it. Freeze the mold. Take tampons out of the mold. Use before the tampons thaw.
No doubt the Department is sea-green incorruptible, so no need to worry...
I wouldn't go that far...they are the people who decided to cavity-search a young woman on the side of the road, in sight of traffic.
2013-07-14 04:44 am (UTC)
Good heavens ...
Yup. Young persons stopped by DPS, one officer claimed to have smelled pot (there wasn't any pot in the car or on the person) and there's a photo of the officer with a hand down in the pants of the young woman being held against the car on the traffic side of the road. Was a big stink in some papers for a day or so.
When I was a kid, I thought law enforcement officers were all straight-arrow, honest, and helpful. Now, not so much. Some probably are. Some are scumbags.
An incredible fun thought -- pack a tampon AND a gun, and when the freak reaches for the tampon, tell him it will stop the bleeding from a bullet wound so the sucker can stand trial -- after all, that is how the military uses them.
Your second paragraph describes the world Suzette Elgin wrote about in the linguist books. One of the female heroes was a notorious poisoner who terminated a few deserving men, and when caught pretended that she was visited by angels....
I am afraid I am considering carrying my own food and drink into TX for WorldCon so I can avoid improving the TX economy in any way.
You won't be hurting the funding for the bad guys at all, and you will be hurting the people who serve the food and drink and need those jobs and tips. Though if you choose to skip any food service for the duration, please double-tip the maids in your hotel room, who need it just as much or worse. There's no state income tax, so the money you pay them will go where it's needed--to their families, for necessities. Tips for service do actual good.
The maids ALWAYS get tips, plus occasional extras -- maids even tend to leave me thank you notes! Unfortunately, the Feds tax tips at 15.9 %, which, I am sure, is more than the snakes pay.
I deleted the extra comment, since it was obviously a duplicate of this one. Good for you.
Back when the Equal Rights Amendment was in circulation, Harlan Ellison went to a WorldCon (IIRC, might have been a WesterCon) in Phoenix and lived in a tent in the lobby so as to not spend money since AZ had not passed ERA.
But there are more than enough Harlan stories to go around.
Obviously the GOP don't realize the power a writer has. You are able to come up with coherent, well thought out arguments for why they are morons and are giving dinosaurs a bad name.
I've never had to deal with what you have dealt with and what the women in your state are dealing with. The worst situation I have to deal with is teaching a young man who still thinks with his gonads that just because I'm not young and pretty I do know what I'm talking about and he should be listening to my advice on how to have a good relationship.
They, the GOP, are enough to make decent men ashamed. Luckily, there are a lot of decent men around. Unfortunately, there aren't enough of them in Texas.
Seriously though, they're confiscating tampons? I never thought the strings were long enough to be used as a weapon but that simply shows I'm not paranoid enough.
My earlier comment was made in mockery. This is me being serious.
When I was in college, I worked as a Student Trainer with the Sports Medicine Staff. I was often asked to help out with Women's Volleyball practices. I was chosen over the other male trainers in part because I didn't act out over things like tampons. Usually it was either a Graduate Assistant or a female undergad handling Women's Volleyball. I, as a sophomore, was welcomed because I knew how to act.
We carried a few tampons and pads in our kits. Not many: obviously, they normally supplied their own. But things happen, it was a courtesy and common sense. One of the pockets on my kit bag had the manufacturer's logo on it. All the players knew they could either ask me (and I would just hand them one), or that was the one pocket they were allowed to take supplies from without asking me. (There are a thousand uses for athletic tape, some of them unspeakable, and then the trainer suddenly finds he has none. Hence the "don't touch my kit!" rule.)
I was asked once that I can recall, and I recall it only because it was so unusual. I restocked it a few times. I also had to deal with some gross immaturity on the issue, including from my peers who were studying, like I was at the time, to be part of an Allied Health Profession.
I had an advantage: my college roommate was an old Marine Corpsman (Navy, technically, but he worked with Force Recon) who got a medical discharge shortly after making Chief and decided to go to college. I made the mistake of giggling about the tampons once, and he set me straight. So finally I did to these young men what my "bunkie" had done to me: I got one, I opened it up, and I proceeded to dissect it in front of them. See, it's sterile or at least semi-sterile cotton. There is a sleeve that is filled with absorbent cotton, and there is a string, and this thing here is the applicator. It's not much different from any of the bandages we carry in our kits, just shaped differently and for a specific purpose. Nothing here to act so freaked out about, really. Grow the **** up already.
You would have thought I was vivisecting a live frog in front of them. There is something about American male culture, and, forgive me, but especially in the South, that just can't handle these concepts. These are the same guys that I had worked with when the quarterback somehow got his jockstrap so tightly tangled around his cojones that we had to cut the fabric away (all powers preserve me from ever having to do THAT again!), but some nice clean cotton wrapped in paper was just more than they could handle.
So, yes. They are confiscating tampons. They have been raised to be afraid of those things! It is a phobia in the technical sense of the word.
Cooties. It's all about the cooties. They're afraid the cooties will crawl onto them and turn them into girls. And being a girl would be...just terrible. They know how they treat girls.
Wait, you mean the tampons are being packaged with girl cooties already on them? Well, no wonder they have to be confiscated. (heavy tongue-in-cheek tone)
I'm a believer in making the punishment fit the crime so having them get turned into girls and treated the way they treat them would please my outraged little heart. Unfortunately, since that's still an impossibility in our reality, I can only hope that there is an afterlife that will show them the errors of their ways - slowly, painfully, and for an extremely long time. In the meantime, they are making women's lives miserable and they need to be stopped. Somehow.
I assumed your earlier comment was not meant seriously but I couldn't resist giving you an actual way to do so. :)
I admit I just can't wrap my mind around having a phobia about tampons. I can understand embarrassment or disgust at used tampons or even just the silliness of young kids when they first learn about them. I can't understand being scared of something that is in a package until finally opened. As you said, they are like bandages only shaped differently.
Glad to see that you are trying to get some sense into people. That's never an easy job.
The last time I was picking up tampons for my wife, Walmart had moved the entire 'feminine hygiene products' section into its own gated area with its own register, I guess they have a problem with theft. I think I made some young women decidedly nervous as I was scanning the racks looking for my wife's brand.
I was amused.
If you feel this strongly about it (and I don't blame you) and it's having such a bad effect on your state's progress then have you considered running for office? :-)
If the little graphic is supposed to be a smirking "Gotcha"--you don't. Yes, I have actually served in elective office, though at a lower level. And I've done various kinds of volunteer service.
We each have our talents, and politics, as it happens, is not mine. Among other things, I don't recognize faces well, an essential for effective work in politics (if you can't recall who you said what to, because all the faces look alike, you're doomed. My best friend has to warn me when she's changing her hairstyle, or I don't recognize her.) So I hold up or post signs supporting what I support, email and call my elected non-representatives to give them an opinion they don't want, and contribute my mite to the campaigns of people better qualified than I am.
Also...it's not just my state's progress that's caught in the same grinder. It's a national (and to some extent international) problem.
Clearly I didn't word that very well; I was meaning to be supportive but it apparently didn't come off that way. The graphic was just a smiley face and the only reason I suggested state rather than federal was because I would imagine that one starts seeking office at that level (if one does). It wasn't meant to cast aspersions at Texas!
Cast aspersions at Texas if you want to--I do, and I'm a native. But the problem for women is nationwide, so in whatever place you live, keep a close eye on the statehouse. Ditto the problem for minorities and voting access. It spreads fast because there's an organization that sends canned legislation to state legislatures all over the country and has a very extreme right-wing agenda.
The same things that would make me lousy in state politics would make me lousy in national politics...if you can't recognize faces quickly, you're in deep trouble. It's an essential for politicians, at least until we can insert a face-recognition module into a brain implant. It's the talent I would most like to have.
It is an interesting thing face recognition, apparently there are super-recognisers at the other end of the face recognition spectrum too. The work seems to show that it's hard wired so while you can, with a great deal of effort, improve your inherent ability it's only a little and basically you are stuck with your wiring.
And I am sorry for what the legislators are doing to women in the states. We are fighting battles in the UK, but at the moment nothing like as bad.
The other critical requirement for a politician is a good memory for names and dates. *le sigh*
SO, w can help out in the campaigns of persons who do have that, plus some logic and an ability to do basic math and understand when somebody's trying to flimflam them.
Also, BTW, thank you for raising the level of debate around here, it's helpful to know that lots of folks in your state do not like these stunts and want to do something about it.
Aside from the fact that I don't understand why people keep electing Republicans, why do people continue to elect men? I think one thing that could improve things would be to get a lot more women in to office, then perhaps you'd see more rational decision-making.
Which is not to say that there are female Republican idiots in office, such as the woman in Texas who said that there was no need for a rape exception because the rape kits in hospitals clean the woman out. Yeah, right. Another favorite of mine was the legislator who was a doctor, was anti-abortion, and had convinced his mistress and possibly his wife to have abortions.
I also don't understand the dichotomy between 'every life is sacred' and executing 500 people, plus their cutting of education and child medical care. And I particularly loved the TX RNC having a statement in their platform last year to eliminate critical thinking from schools, I think they subsequently removed that statement.
You know, I don't think this had anything to do with tampons or girl cooties or the like. I suspect it was just an excuse to harass women who had come to show their support for Pro Choice. A handy way to divert attention from the real issue at hand.
First time poster, but I'm a huge fan and a long time reader of your blog.
Oh, and the phrase "Your weenie is safe from cooties" is now a favored quote in my household.
Edited at 2013-07-16 03:47 am (UTC)
I haven't been back to Tx in a few years, but this sounds a little too much like New Texas for my comfort.