Sunday, July 14, 2013

Update On Confiscation Of Tampons And Maxipads By Texas DPS

If you haven't heard of the incident, please see the entry two posts before this one.

Then add this to the list (from an email from Daily Kos):

On July 12, as the Texas state Senate voted on a devastating anti-choice measure, state troopers ordered all women seeking to enter the building to surrender their tampons and maxipads.

In at least one case, a woman was also ordered to remove her diabetic supplies. “I’ve never been so humiliated in my life,” she said tearfully.

Confiscating tampons was discrimination against certain people because of an accident of birth... the sex they were born with. Confiscating diabetic supplies is no less blatant discrimination: harming people because of an accident in the genes they were born with. Yes, I am diabetic, and yes, I am offended. God damn the officers who did this, and especially the person man who ordered it done..

If whoever ordered this had instead ordered discrimination against individuals with kinky hair... mostly Blacks and people of Middle Eastern origin... it would have been unquestionably illegal, and in a society in which laws were duly enforced, some DPS officers would have been jailed. But in Texas, among other states, there is always someone new to discriminate against, and there are always plenty of bigots to do the discriminating. Damn them all to hell, or (my strong preference) to jail.

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