So … they have been confiscating tampons at the Texas State House. Feature this: you’re waiting in line to enter this publically funded building, which you helped fund as a member of the public, and ahead of you twenty-two guys carrying assault weapons are allowed in with a nod and a “Howdy do, partner.” Then low and behold, you get rousted for a tampon. Is it any wonder that the rest of the world thinks we are bat-crap crazy – the beacon of Liberty and floodlight of madness? Apparently, the Republican Texas State Legislature is terrified that a woman will throw a tampon from the gallery and hit a male lawmaker who will then suddenly jump up with an irresistible urge to run right outside, sit down at a bus stop and breast feed.I can’t help but think that this is the symbolic expression of a profound and primal terror of women. It isn’t bad enough that the feminine has been banished from the realm of the sacred, relegated to the status of the Whore of Babylon, but now we must have our feminine hygiene products seized like weapons of mass destruction. This is a Jungian wet dream.
Symbols are very important in Jungian psychology. Symbolism is the language of the unconscious. Within the personal unconscious resides the Shadow which is a watershed for all of the individual’s greatest fears. I suspect that in the collective unconscious of Texas Republicans there resides a twenty-five foot woman with enormous ball-busting bosoms, a man-eating vagina and a nuclear tampon.
These people are deeply and terminally disturbed. They are not fit to hold the public trust or to make public policy. Indeed, they should be shut away in a missile silo in the middle of a vast desert and allowed absolutely no public contact.