Use of "Tea Bagging" Term Has Unintended Implications


The terms "tea bagging" and "tea baggers" have become fairly commonplace in recent months, as a derogatory reference to the popular Tea Party protest movement. In its most innocent usage, it is a reference to the protesters' gesture of mailing a tea bag to the White House to arrive on April 15, 2009, "Tax Day," as a message to President Barack Obama. That same day, a huge throng of Tea Party protesters marched to the Capitol building in Washington, DC.



To certain segments of the population, however, the term "tea bagging" has much darker implications. Serious implications which are likely unrealized and unintended by those glibly tossing around the terms like a freshman at a frat party trying to impress his date.

We thought the use of the terms merely crass, tasteless, and indicative of a lack of judgment about appropriate social graces. We decided months ago that we would not write about those terms or their use in relation to the patriotic Tea Party movement. That was before we received a link to an article our friend Kyle-Anne Shiver wrote about it.

Before you dismiss this as a political piece, please, read on. This is not a discussion of a political issue. It's much more important than that.

If you're a regular reader on this site, you've heard us talk about Kyle-Anne and read several of her pieces here. She's been a long-time writer for American Thinker, writing consistently outstanding and thought-provoking articles. The article we are re-publishing here, with her permission, was written in response to another piece on American Thinker using the objectionable terms. When American Thinker refused to publish this piece, Kyle-Anne published it on her own blog, Common Sense Regained, and resigned from American Thinker on principle.

It certainly opened our eyes, and we think it will yours, too. It had to take a great deal of personal courage to write this article, and we are so proud of our friend for having the courage to speak up. At the end of her article, we hope you'll join the discussion to show your support for ending the use of these crass terms, and to thank Kyle-Anne for having the courage to stand up and speak out.

This darker implication of the term "teabagging" didn't occur to us, and it likely hasn't dawned on the media personalities who giggled about it on national broadcasts last April. The list includes CNN anchor Anderson Cooper (who, if you didn't know, is the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt), MSNBC's David Shuster, CNN's Susan Roesgen, and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann. We'd like to think they were just being crass and tasteless and sophomoric when they used these terms, joking about it on air with undisguised sexual innuendos.

Regardless, "teabagging" is not something we should have to explain to our six-year-olds because they heard it on TV! Any more than we needed to be explaining Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky's antics to our six-year-olds because they heard about that on TV! Our mainstream media has lost the respect of most of America, and it's no wonder. They need to have more respect for our families, and for allowing our children to be children. These are concepts our children shouldn't be hearing about on national news broadcasts. There is no excuse for this kind of "reporting," and it's a good example of how far our media has strayed from its critical role in our society and how far it is willing to go to make a buck.

OK, enough for our soapbox. It's time to share with you Kyle-Anne's compelling explanation of why these "teabagging" references need to be retired immediately.


Are Liberals Encouraging Pedophiles with their "Tea-Bagger" Epithet? You Decide.

by Kyle-Anne Shiver
January 22, 2010

Reader Beware! This article is for adults only. It’s not for the timid, squeamish or otherwise easily offended reader either. It contains explicit, graphic sexual descriptions. Any reader who objects to such subjects in the public forum should send a special note of complaint to mainstream media outlets and liberal politicians, as they are responsible for making this discussion absolutely necessary for the protection of our children.

Public commentators with huge, primetime audiences now use the phrase, "tea-bagging," with utter impunity. Formerly respectable newspapers print columns by liberals using the phrase with perverse humor. NPR has even used donor dollars to produce a video making fun of the language of "tea bag." The president of the United States has had the unrivaled depravity to joke about "tea-bagging" protesters. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has called political adversaries by the epithet.

Some conservatives have suggested adopting the phrase and turning it on political opponents.

I wonder whether any of these adults have considered a far uglier ramification.

Using sexual innuendo and double entendres is very tricky, quite risky business. And all grown-ups ought to know that anything sexual, which has been done between adults, has also been done to children.

Pedophilia has become nearly downright epidemic in this culture. We are living in a society saturated by unbridled sex. A new generation of pedophiles is now ginning up and getting all possible encouragement by a media and body politic drunk with power.

If so-called decent people and organizations wish to continue using the phrase, "tea-bagging," in formerly respectable public forums, then they ought to know exactly what they are doing and how much grievous damage it is causing to those of us who have actually been "tea-bagged" by our pedophilic tormenters. And how much damage they may be doing — at this very minute — to children being "tea-bagged" by sexual predators in the present.

You see, "tea-bagging" is the pedophile’s very best friend and ally. I know this because it was used against me. I’ve studied the issue of childhood sexual abuse and know that this vile deed against children is not as uncommon as some believe. In fact, according to the most recent findings, about one in every four American women was sexually abused in some fashion as a child. About one in five American men were as well. Few of us talk about it openly; I’m sure you can understand why.

Now, let’s examine "tea-bagging," which has become the liberal punditry’s favorite insult against conservatives. Are they, in reality, encouraging pedophiles?

For those, who still remain blissfully unaware, "tea-bagging" is the homosexual slang for a man placing his scrotum in the mouth of another man. It's meant to demonstrate domination and has sadomasochistic overtones. Perhaps the term itself did originate among adult homosexual males, but the act is, in reality, the pedophile's diabolical delight.

Writing as one who was, as a child, repeatedly "tea-bagged" by a bisexual pedophile, I can honestly say that every time I read or hear the expression, I still - to this very day - tremble with fear and self-loathing.

"Tea-Bagging" is scathingly brilliant in its tri-fold purpose.

First, the act defiles natural human sexuality and removes the beauty with which God imbued it.

Second, the act renders the victim immediately silent. The victim's best defense against a sexual predator is speaking the truth to alert other adults. The simpleminded act of "tea-bagging" quite reliably squelches a child's screaming and calls for help. The victim's only ally is her mouth; "tea-bagging" is the pedophile's perfect solution to this thorny problem.

Third, the act of "tea-bagging" has the rather remarkable effect of rendering the child victim immediately submissive. First, there is the physical size differential. The large, adult male scrotum in the delicate, small child's mouth (and usually, covering the nose as well) gives the immediate impression to the child that she is being smothered. The torment and defilement of the act, perpetrated upon an innocent child, veritably ensures that the child will remain acquiescent to the predator's future actions.

And there you have it. This is hardly the stuff of jokes.

The pedophile uses "tea-bagging" to bring another innocent to the dark side, her only defense - her voice - silenced in shame.

Shame.

It stalks its victims for their whole lives. No matter where we go or what we do or how much we accomplish, the memory of defilement by the tormentor's "tea-bag" never leaves. These memories are recorded, along with the trauma, in the senses and remain entrenched. The shame seems nearly imbedded in the cells, as though it has become part and parcel of one's soul, not to be completely extinguished until one's passing from this life.Shame on our Country for allowing this kind of perversity to enter the public forum. Shame on every enabler of this evil, whether on the public airwaves or in print media. Every decent American ought to be fiercely outraged by this blatant encouragement to pedophile perpetrators.

You see, the pedophile plays adroit mind games with his victim, always attempting to persuade him or her that these acts are not only acceptable, but fun. Victims, both former and present, are now being doubly abused by this public spectacle.

Nightmares. Flashbacks. Difficulty eating. Difficulty speaking. Self-imposed solitude, the result of our everlasting fear of people. These are just some of the milder, most personal trappings of adult life for the survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

For the little child victims, who now - at this very minute — are being subjected to the torture of "tea-bagging" by sexual predators, I can only pray and weep. And speak out on their behalf.

As so-called adults continue to joke about these children's agonizing torment on television, these young victims are being doubly abused - now. Just imagine the anguished confusion of an eight year old victim of a sexual predator, who accesses Urban Dictionary, identifies with the secret deed, then hears commentators joking about it on TV. The child understands it is no joke, but looks to adults for clarification and understanding. When adults joke about this kind of torment, the resulting confusion in the child sows seeds for later mental breakdowns, drug abuse, life-threatening promiscuity, suicidal thinking and acts, sexual criminal activity. And on and on the list goes.

Children are being victimized every day under our very noses.

Right here. Right now. Perhaps even behind the closed doors of the lovely home next door. Pedophiles are found in every race, creed and socio-economic group. They cross all boundaries and are often those whom one would least suspect of the heinous crime. A teacher. A priest or minister. A father. A scout leader. A neighbor. An uncle. A brother. A coach. A TV personality or movie star. Pedophiles thrive in darkness and prey on the most vulnerable among us, our precious children.

Sadly, some children who are thusly defiled, grow up to identify with their abusers. Some of the very people making the most fun with this sexual slang were quite likely child victims, who now attempt to hide their shame in either joking about it or actually perpetrating the crime on a new generation. There is no way to know for sure. Only about 3% of those who commit sexual offenses are reported and eventually convicted. It is a crime that thrives in secrecy. And pedophiles always know that these odds are on their side, not their victim's side.

At the very, very least, these liberal enablers must be apprised of the true extent of grievous injury they have brought - and continue to bring — to scores of victims through their adolescent insensitivity. And no conservative ought to even consider adopting the phrase, for in truth, its use defiles not the intended butt of the joke, but the perpetrator.

Anyone who thinks "tea-bagging" is a cute joke, needs to think twice. Anyone who thinks calling his political foes "tea-baggers" is funny, might want to reconsider.

For, in reality, pedophilia is no laughing matter.

For more information on childhood sexual abuse, check this link.

Also see Advocates for Youth.



As we said, we would never have considered that the "teabagging" term had such dark implications, and we are proud of our friend for drawing national attention to this issue. If you agree with us, please forward a link to this page to everyone you know, including your Congressional representatives and especially any friends in the media. That's where it has to stop. If we don't speak up now, some in the media will continue to laugh and joke about these terms like the "freshmen" they are. Make your voice heard. Stand up for America's children.

Share Your Comments



Sound off! Share your thoughts about the media's irresponsible use of this terminology. And voice your support for Kyle-Anne's courage to speak up about the darker implications of these terms.

Since you are writing a separate page for this site, please have more to say than just a one-liner.

Legal Stuff: By submitting comments to this site, I am granting Military-Money-Matters.com exclusive permission to publish my comments on this web site, and in any other medium, identified as a submission to this site.




Other Readers Had This to Say . . .



The links below will take you to the comments submitted by other readers ...

Use of Such Sexual Innuendo by Major News Outlets Unacceptable 
I'm ignoring the political implications of this article to speak up on behalf of children everywhere. I can't quite make the leap that using the term …

Click here to write your own.


I Love SBI!

Subscribe to My Military-Money-Matters!

Your E-mail:

Your Name:

Then

Your e-mail will not be shared with anyone.
See our privacy policy.




Get Military Families Blog by Email. Only when we post a new entry.

Subscribe via RSS:
XML RSS
What is this?


Mysteries of the Blue Angels

Mysteries of the
Blue Angels:
How Do They
Do That?

Climb into the cockpit
with former
Flight Leader
Hoss Pearson
to discover the
Mysteries of the
Blue Angels





New! Comments

Join our conversation! Leave me a comment about this page in the box below. If your comment is about another page on this site, please leave your comment on that page, because I have no ability to move it to the correct page. Thanks!

Connect With Us

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to our e-mail updates Subscribe to our RSS feed

Live Well




Connect With Us

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to our e-mail updates Subscribe to our RSS feed


This site best viewed with the Firefox browser.Site best viewed with Firefox