TSA encourages blogger to “get her freak on” after finding vibrator in bag

Yesterday it felt like the Internet exploded when friend and fellow feminist blogger Jill Filipovic Tweeted the following:

“Just unpacked my suitcase and found this note from TSA. Guess they discovered a “personal item” in my bag. Wow.”

The Tweet was accompanied by this picture depicting a handwritten note that read “Get your freak on girl”.

TSA slip says get your freak on grl

Jill is a blogger for Feministe and a longtime friend of Feministing. She wrote a post about the experience on her blog, calling the note a “total violation of privacy, wildly inappropriate and clearly not ok” but admitting that she did have a good laugh about it.

I too had something of an ambiguous reaction. It is pretty hilarious, but at the same time there’s something disturbing about the TSA’s (Transportation Security Administration) lack of professionalism and downright immaturity. I’ll think of this little incident next time I see one of those TSA slips in my bag, and I’ll definitely hesitate to pack a vibrator.

Comments on Jill’s original Twitpic are representative of the wide range of opinions this elicits:

“So WRONG. Our personal items are not for TSA comment.”
“A rare human moment/connection from a normally humorless agency. I like it & whoever wrote it.”
“wow, that’s inappropriate!”
“Might as well read, “We’ve just invaded your privacy. Haha. How does that feel?” Icky! Sorry.”

What do you think, readers? Funny, disturbing, inappropriate, or a little bit of all three?

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to her work at Feministing, Lori is an Associate Director at Planned Parenthood Global. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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