MSNBC Host Dons Tampon Earrings to Show Solidarity with Protestors of Texas‘ Late-Term Abortion Law
By Jerry A. Kane
On her MSNBC Sunday morning show, Melissa Harris-Perry put on tampon earrings to show solidarity with the “Hail Satan” chanting orange-clad demonstrators protesting Texas’ recently-passed legislation outlawing late-term abortions.
“I just have to show these. My producer Lorena made for me last week some tampon earrings because of course you’re remember that the Texas state legislature said that you couldn’t bring tampons in when they were going these women to in fact stand up for their own reproductive rights. You weren’t allowed initially to bring tampons. So, just in case that ever happens again ladies, you can just bring them on your earrings.”—Melissa Harris-Perry
During a second special session of the Texas legislature, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers confiscated props including tampons and pads because of reports that late-term abortion advocates were planning to throw used tampons and pads at the state’s pro-life senators in the Capitol building’s rotunda to disrupt the debate.
“[DPS] Officers said in the course of their inspections, they discovered ‘one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint.‘ They also confiscated feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti.”
It looks like DPS wasn’t just confiscating tampons, but when the facts don’t fit the media narrative, they ignore them.
Harris-Perry’s orchestrated stunt reminds me of a scene from To Sir, With Love. Upon entering his classroom, high school teacher Mark Thackeray sees smoke rising from a smoldering feminine hygiene pad. He tells the boys to leave the room; then he addresses his female students:
“I am sick of your foul language, your crude behavior and your sluttish manner. There are certain things a decent woman keeps private, and only a filthy slut would have done this and those who stood by and encouraged her are just as bad. I don’t care who’s responsible – you’re all to blame. Now, I am going to leave this room for five minutes by which time that disgusting object had better be removed and the windows opened to clear away the stench. If you must play these filthy games, do them in your homes, and not in my classroom!”
For more on the story, see “MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Dons Tampon Earrings To Protest Texas Abortion Bill,” “Cosmopolitan magazine says protesters may throw menstrual blood on Texas legislators,” and “News Release: DPS Enhances Inspections at Texas Capitol.”