MSNBC’s Response To The Tea Party: The Tampon Party

I remember seeing a YouTube video a few years ago when the whole Tea Party thing started in earnest. The video featured a man clad in “Founding Father”-style garb, complete with the tri-cornered hat and talking in a British accent. He encouraged viewers to take tea bags and send them to their elected representatives to “send a message.” I thought it was rather silly, and not to mention wasteful of tea bags. (However, I do prefer loose leaf, so I guess I didn’t really care much about that aspect.) Sending tea bags to congressmen and senators wasn’t going to do anything to curtail government growth or to get politicians to start taking the Constitution seriously. And from that point on, “tea partiers” bore the brunt of many sick liberal jokes.

Sending tea bags to elected representatives may have been silly and ineffective, but it was all symbolic. It was supposed to remind our elected leaders of the original “tea party” in Boston in 1773, where the Sons of Liberty dumped 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor as a protest against British tax policy and the East India Company’s monopoly on imported tea.

So, conservatives today use tea bags symbolically to protest big government. And liberals…well, they use tampons. How fitting:

“On her MSNBC show Sunday morning, Melissa Harris-Perry brought attention to Texas’ recently-passed abortion regulations—and the burnt orange-clad demonstrators who had fought their passage—in her own way: with a pair of homemade tampon earrings. ‘My producer Lorena made for me last week some tampon earrings,’ Harris-Perry said as she put on the jewelry. ‘The Texas state legislature said that you couldn’t bring tampons in, when these women were going to, in fact, stand up for their own reproductive rights.’

Suddenly, the tea bag campaign doesn’t seem so silly. How in the world is wearing tampon earrings going to send pro-life legislators a message about women’s “reproductive rights?” Don’t get me wrong. I get the connection between a woman’s “time of the month” and her ability to conceive. But being pro-life has nothing to do with regulating women’s reproductive or menstrual cycles. It has everything to do with protecting the most innocent of human beings whom abortion proponents callously call “masses of tissue” and “parasites” – completely far-removed from feminine hygiene products.

Are they trying to be shocking for the sake of being shocking? Or gross? We already know what kinds of people were protesting the Texas pro-life bill. They brought bricks, urine and jars of excrement. Capitol security had to confiscate those props and bar people from bringing tampons for fear that protesters would throw them at legislators. And that’s what prompted Melissa Harris-Perry to encourage her faithful followers to wear the tampons as earrings in order to get them through Capitol security. “So just in case that ever happens again, ladies, you can just bring them on your earrings,” Harris-Perry advised. If you recall, Cosmopolitan magazine even suggested (albeit half-way tongue-in-cheek) throwing menstrual blood on politicians at the Texas state capitol.

Yeah, I’m sure these things are really going to get pro-lifers to change their opinion on abortion. If anything, it will make pro-lifers more resolute.