GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been linked to several instances of transphobic behavior.
- Marjorie Taylor Greene baselessly claimed that trans men are causing the current tampon shortage.
- The lawmaker said on her podcast that trans men are “buying tampons,” hence the shortage.
- Global supply chain issues and consumer demand are the real reasons behind the shortfall.
On Monday, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene spread a baseless, transphobic rumor that blamed the country’s ongoing tampon shortage on trans people.
“Men have taken over everything. They’re ‘women of the year’ in every category, in women’s categories. And the latest news is, there’s a shortage of tampons, and that’s probably because men are buying tampons,” Greene said on an episode of her podcast, “MTG Live.”
However, the Georgia lawmaker did not provide evidence for her groundless claim concerning tampon shortages in some parts of the country.
Earlier this month, Walgreens and CVS alerted consumers that demand had outstripped their supply of tampons. Walgreens said it was experiencing “brand-specific shortages” in some areas while CVS said its suppliers had “not been able to fulfill the full quantities of orders placed,” Insider’s Gabrielle Bienasz reported.
Tampon manufacturers like Procter & Gamble are now trying to ramp up the production of the product.
Companies that produce tampons have attributed the tampon shortage to supply-chain snarls and increased consumer demand. For instance, a Procter & Gamble spokesperson pointed to a July 2020 Tampax advertisement featuring Amy Schumer, which they said caused demand for the company’s tampons to go up by 8% over two years.
On her podcast, Greene claimed there was a “war on women” and called out places that “put tampons in men’s bathrooms.” While she didn’t specify where such activities were taking place, some public venues like businesses and schools have begun providing tampons in bathrooms meant for men.
Greene also tweeted about the issue, doubling down on her stance.
“‘People who menstruate’ can’t find tampons. Has anyone checked the warehouses at the border where all the baby formula is stocked floor to ceiling on shelves? Or maybe some men’s restrooms? Apparently they are available there,” Greene tweeted on Monday night.
Greene has been linked to several instances of transphobic behavior. She is known to have put up a sign stating that there are “two genders, male and female,” opposite the office of Rep. Marie Newman, who has a trans daughter.
Greene also recently pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that emerged following the Texas school shooting, referencing a QAnon-linked claim that the gunman was a trans person.