The GOP did not do well with several demographic groups in November. One of them was "women," but especially younger women ... ya know, the wimmins that will be around longer than the older wimmins who voted Republican. So what does the GOP do to court their vote? They pass laws like this and create vaggie patrols. Kinda reminds me of the guy cutting a tree limb by sitting on the end of it and sawing near the trunk. Oh well ... at least there will be a price to pay and will serve to accelerate Texas becoming a blue state.
I can understand stealing items which could easily be misused to do significant harm to someone else -- biological waste, paint, dumb bells, air horns, and any number of other objects and materials. You like to carry your biological waste around in public? Great. Just don't expect security to let you keep it if you step into a government building.
To go beyond that is absurd. I don't care if we're talking about tampons, pads, extra pairs of underwear, Beanie Babies, or those pictures of baby parts that abortion foes love to circulate. Oh no, they might get thrown! Oh no, they might be waved around while people chant or shout! You don't act preemptively to steal those items by force, you wait until someone behaves badly and then you punish them for it. You don't punish everyone else by stealing items they have every right to expect to be able to carry into a government building.
Furthermore, if you're going to do something as retarded as confiscate tampons, POST A GIANT SIGN WARNING PEOPLE. You know and I know that you don't normally do this, you know and I know that no reasonable person expects to have their tampons stolen by force when they enter a government building. TELL PEOPLE YOU WILL BE DOING IT.
What wimps the Republicans in charge of the Texas capitol are! What hypocritical friggin' wusses! I'd put it in more descriptive terms, but twenty years of military service taught me that there's times that one can't say what he really wants to say.
An Osama bin Laden look-alike could have walked in openly carrying a loaded Desert Eagle - as long as he was legally allowed to carry it - but FEAR THE TAMPONS that the women are carrying!
FEAR THE TAMPONS!
What utterly fearful wimps.
Unlike those on the far right - liberals (and particularly progressives) don't worry so much about things that can't hurt us - like tampons and maxi-pads. Instead, we worry about things that can kill us, like loaded guns in the hands of idiots. That's what you don't get is the sheer, utter fear-driven idiocy of those who would say, "Confiscate all the women's tampons and maxi-pads that they actually use for feminine hygiene, but let's protect the second-amendment rights of those Osama-bin-Laden look-alikes and gang-bangers and insane-asylum escapees who are openly carrying their loaded guns! With LOTS of extra ammo!"
'Stupid' is a word I use very, very seldom...but it so very richly applies here.
Sorry, but anybody who is BOTH seriously okay with civilians carrying guns in the capital building AND seriously okay with security stealing tampons from people needs to reexamine their beliefs.
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I don't think it probably even occurred to the mainly male DPS to think about tampons being carried around for their ordinary use--they're guys and were focused on potential projectiles. I can't remember where I read this last night, but many women did complain, some in tears, some humiliated that others had seen their lady-products. (Why, I can't imagine.)
Have you ever heard of protesters at a state capitol building carrying around jars of urine and feces? I haven't. I figure the DPS was making decisions on the fly and just removed everything that could have been a projectile. Easy to criticize after-the-fact, but none of us knows whether the DPS began confiscating tampons because the troopers saw extraordinary numbers of them--more than a woman would carry with her, say 40 rather than 3-4.
Peaceful protest does not include tossing tampons (and some of them are like little pellets, BTW) at one's elected reps on the Senate floor. The Senate intended to complete its business, and the DPS was there to insure that the rules of decorum were enforced this time. I'm glad they did and before the jars of feces and urine could be used.