Did you know tampons are more dangerous than guns now? That is according to the great state of Texas, anyway.
I have two daughters who have come to the western world from a patriarchal society not entirely unknown for corruption. Somehow I have to find a way to explain to my daughters that the most powerful nation in the world, the one with the “world’s best democracy that everyone else should adopt” (as they would have us believe) has decided tampons are more dangerous than bullets. Did the security guards leave their glasses at home that day? I know tampons and bullets are a similar shape, but really?
Tampons are white, soft and made of spun cotton (or similar). Yes, most do have a pointy end. Tampons absorb blood – this is a critical point.
Bullets are hard, made of metal, many explode on impact. Bullets usually result in a dramatic loss of blood, often to the extent of loss of life. Even tampons can’t staunch the flow.
Had I been an American with a licence to carry a concealed weapon I could have merrily walked into the chamber in Texas and shot at least one, if not more, people, in protest. Woe betide I should have thrown a tampon onto the floor of the chamber in protest.
There are times when the human species horrifies me. There are times the human species astounds me. There are times when I want to live on a deserted island. When we decide tampons are more dangerous than bullets, I am thinking Venus is looking decidedly attractive.
Who was the idiot who decided this was a good idea? How do I explain such stupidity to my girls? More importantly, how do I explain such stupidity to my boys? How do I tell them NOT to emulate these sorts of decision makers? They have grown up believing America is the most wonderful country on earth, until I shared and explained history videos about why the N-word is banned in our house. Even so, the often crass bling is attractive to the young. Like gold, shiny bullets.
For the Texans, here is a little summary of functionality. Boys, I know this might be hard to remember, but do please try really hard to ensure you learn the differences. For future reference.
Bullets are projectiles. Inserted into a gun, bullets are fired at and most often kill people. Should be subject to very strict controls.
Tampons are soft, fluffy, harmless sanitary products. They may look the size of a bullet, they might even be the same shape as a bullet, but they are not very useful as deadly projectiles.
Bullets kill. Tampons do not.
- Gun, Yes. Tampons, No. (thehoopla.com.au)
- Tampons Confiscated – More Dangerous Than Guns in Texas (guardianlv.com)
- In Texas guns don’t kill people, tampons do: State troopers confiscating tampons from females in the capitol (freakoutnation.com)
- Tampons and Maxi Pads Banned From Texas Senate (But Guns Are Cool) (jezebel.com)
Footnote: Reference to tampons not killing in the above article should be taken in context of the article. Nothing in the above article should be taken to detract from the dangers of toxic shock syndrome,