20,000 hand-painted tampons used to pay homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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A left-wing designer commissioned a gigantic portrait of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reportedly made from 20,000 hand-painted tampons, raising questions over which political party really suffers from a cult of personality.

Reportedly commissioned by Andrea Sheehan, the founder of Dawson Design Associates, this portrait can now be seen hanging at the Hotel Zena, a just-opened D.C. hotel dedicated to female empowerment — something that apparently involves tampons.

The hotel used to be known as the Donovan, but after a recent renovation that was reportedly overseen by Sheehan, it was rebranded as Hotel Zena.

“The hotel opens at a pivotal time in the nation’s history. Its lobby is dominated by an extraordinary portrait of the late, honorable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Its pointillist concept, conceived by Andrea Sheehan and produced by Julie Coyle Studios using 20,000 hand-painted and repurposed tampons, is a contemporary, intimate spin on this classic art form,” the hotel’s owner, Viceroy Hotels & Resorts, announced Thursday.

“This unique portrait honors both Justice Ginsburg’s life-long dedication to women’s rights and equality and her humor in the most personal and intimate form. The tampons were donated by CORA, which supports Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s message of female unity while promoting sustainability and opportunity for women. Another iconic installation, a curving wall layered with 8,000 protest buttons representing generations of marches and events promoting the feminist movement, pays tribute to America’s 100th anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote.”

See the tampon portrait below:

Speaking with Insider, Sheehan revealed that the idea of using tampons to portray RBG had come to her in a dream.

“I woke up in the middle of the night, and it was all about tampons,” she said.

OK …

The portrait’s unveiling comes as liberal Democrats continue to accuse the Republican Party of suffering from a “cult of personality” surrounding President Donald Trump.

Yet not once has any conservative Republican ever commissioned a gigantic portrait of him made from male hygienic products. Nor, in a related story, are everyday Republicans known for carrying around Donald Trump therapy dolls.

The unveiling also obviously comes after the death of Ginsburg, whose sudden passage last month provoked a volcano of bizarre, unhinged behavior.

What remains hard to decipher is whether these reactions — and the portrait — are the byproduct of a cult of personality or a cult of abortion. After all, Ginsburg is so beloved on the left primarily because of her ruthless defense of abortion laws.

“Throughout her time on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg stood firm on a woman’s right to have an abortion. In her 2016 concurrence to the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt opinion, in which the Court ruled that Texas cannot restrict abortion services that unduly burden women who seek an abortion, she delivered a rousing defense of a woman’s right to choose,” the History channel notes.

“She did so alone. No other justice signed on to her concurrence, in which she wrote that ‘many medical procedures, including childbirth,’ are far more dangerous than abortion and said that the Texas law restricting abortions was ‘beyond rational belief.’ The law ‘cannot survive judicial inspection,’ she wrote in the scathing document. The verdict was seen as a victory for women’s reproductive rights, and another example of Ginsburg’s staunch defense of women.”

But given her love of abortion, some do wonder whether perhaps the portrait of her would have been better off being made from other materials …

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Vivek Saxena

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