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Added August 01, 2013

Tampon Commercial

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The first tampon commercial said it all. It was in the 1934 Sears Roebuck catalog, and the headline for a product called Wix tampons cried, "Save Embarrassment Order by Mail!" We've come a long way, baby? Not so far, it seems.


Until 1972, sanitary protection products were banned by the National Association of Broadcasters in the United States. Fast forward 30 more years. During the 1990s, ads for tampons and sanitary napkins were still forbidden on British TV during "family viewing times." No wonder it's so hard to view our periods as natural and positive parts of the maturation process. No wonder it's always been so difficult to view menstruation as anything other than a dirty, shameful, disgusting secret. What's a girl to do?


Statistics show that 85% of girls think it inappropriate to discuss menstruation with boys. If we buy into the negative old wives tales that teach it's shameful if anyone sees you dealing with the details of keeping up with the bloody inconvenience, if we live in fear that life is over if someone ever sees evidence of our period on our clothes, the furniture or the floor, how can we hope to get any other response from far less-educated boys?


Going from believing that your period is a repugnant, almost disease-like condition, to viewing it as a healthy affirmation of womanhood is not easy. There is still so much culturally-inspired negative conditioning going on, even at the dawn of the 21st century. But change our attitude, we must.


  • Researchers have found that how we interpret the feelings that accompany our menstrual cycles have a dramatic effect on our health, not to mention our social lives. When you're in the throes of red-faced embarrassment, brought on by your brother, your dad, or your boyfriend, try to remember these tips.
  • Just as every healthy woman will have a monthly period, every man knows that they do. If some immature jerk opens his rude mouth, memorize what he says. Then share his dumb words with any woman close by, and bond. Nothing brings women closer together or makes them laugh harder than sharing the misperceptions of men!
  • Cold water works magic on blood stains. They'll wash off easily if you rinse with cold water as soon as you can. And no one looks twice at a sweatshirt tied around your waist during drying time.
  • If you think of your period as a painful, bloody mess, it certainly will be just that. Studies show that negative attitudes play a major role in PMS. And they are contagious. Deal and go on, and so will the boys. Or get stuck in the mire of negativity: the choice is yours.
  • Put things in perspective. You could always move! Certain African and Native American cultures celebrate the coming of menstruation with feasting, dancing, ceremony, and joy. There are ancient traditions in India and Australia that have a deep reverence for the menstruating woman and her period. American attitudes are not the norm!
  • Make yourself feel better by rewarding yourself with some chocolate, a new magazine, or a soap opera accompanied by a hot water bottle. Wear your best earrings during your period, take a long bath, and celebrate the woman you are becoming.


Understand that girls "passing into puberty" has been fraught with shame and disapproval since time began. Ask your mom about her experiences. Then try talking about your period more openly with positive images and language. Today's woman has the chance to redefine menstruation as a positive, profound force in our lives. You do not have to be weak, out-of-control, and miserable. 


Just remember you will use about 10,000 pads and tampons during your lifetime...and there's not a woman alive who hasn't survived a bit of embarrassment along the way.

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Posted July 02, 2012
I design,cut,and sew my own reusable pads. They are sooo cheap to make yourself! easy too!
Posted June 14, 2012
10,000 pads and tampons? Do you know how much waste and money that is? This is exactly why reusable menstrual products exist! Take that number. Multiply it by the number of menstruating women in the USA alone. That's a lot to be putting in landfills.
Posted February 28, 2012
Omg thats so sad if i had walked in on that i wouldve screamed and then shut it as fast as i could or atleast close my eyes
Posted July 02, 2011
I was at school and got the stain... :/ I was so unhappy!! My wing had come off and my pad had curled on the side and thats why i leaked!! I went to my teacher and said can i go to the nurse?? She said why?? I said my period!! She said are you feeling ok?? Then she sent me and i was ok... I always take a jacket everywhere with me, even when im not on it!! I always take a jakcet and pad to school and change halfway through the day, and bring back up in case it happens to ur friendS!! :)
Posted July 17, 2011
Well this is my story. I was at camp and instead of doors they had shower curtins and i knew we were going to be very active that day so I had a tampon in and that night I was taking it out. Well just as I was pulling it put the sheet flew out of the way and another girl was coming in then she saw me and I looked up but I was to stunned to move and she was too. What an acward moment we had there I with my leggs spread apart and a tampon dangaling from my hand and her with the sheet flung back just standing there. The we finally regained ourselves and she closed it and apologized and I horrfied.
Posted June 23, 2011
I was at a function my church does called VBS when my first period started. I had white bermudas on. My period soaked through my pants and i didn't even notice. My best friend took me aside and told me. My dad was super late to pick us up and i was sooooo embaressed!
Posted May 26, 2011
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