Girly Stuff

So, I just read this post on Marie Claire and it kind of got me going.

I’m a Pearl girl myself and never really understood the appeal of o.b. tampons. They hurt and just don’t cut it for me. And, I’ve got copious supply currently, so I don’t think the Tampax “glitch in the manufacturing” will really affect me right now. But have any of you ever heard of The Keeper?

Yeah, me neither. That is, not until last semester when my (super awesome) sociology professor–Justin Betz–told us about it. We were discussing modern media and how adds portray the different genders (and pretty much fail to mention any alternative genders). But he pointed out some interesting things.

  • There’s the obvious fact that things like The Keeper and Diva Cups are never advertised, yet they are very green and would eliminate tons of waste.
  • Also, ever noticed how commercials advertising birth control never actually advertise it as a contraceptive. It’s not birth control; it’s period control.

Pardon my feminist rampage, but there are ads about ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION. So why can’t we say VAGINA on TV? Because God forbid we be women.. God forbid we have periods or control whether or not we’re preggers. As advanced as our technology, our society is still stuck in Leviticus, which (in case you were wondering) includes a bunch of outdated bullpucky, including:

19 “‘When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening.

20 “‘Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean. 21 Anyone who touches her bed will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 22 Anyone who touches anything she sits on will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 23 Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, they will be unclean till evening.

24 “‘If a man has sexual relations with her and her monthly flow touches him, he will be unclean for seven days; any bed he lies on will be unclean.

And now for some comedic relief… Have you seen these commercials??? Hilarious.



  1. I’d much rather see an ad about periods/feminine hygiene than erectile dysfunction. I suppose my idea is that ED is not a “normal healthy process” – while menstruation totally is! I have seen my fair share of men who cringe or try to change channels the second a pad or tampon commercial begins to air, LOL!

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Hi, I'm Marian.
By day, I'm a PR maven with a nerdy affinity for research and branding. By night, I'm an explorer; I delve into books, food, design, and the murky waters of my own psyche, then share my musings here.





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