Sunday, November 11, 2012

Be Happy . . . Always!

Fair warning, if you are womenhood-squeamish then run quickly to the next post.
Why is it that your first period will only start when you are across country, visiting your father? Then you end up with awkward silences and mattress pads in your underwear. Poor girls!
So having some experience with the joys of this aspect of womenhood (both as a recipient and as a mom), I followed the recent uproar of the Always “Have a Happy Period” campaign.
I think most of my peers are familiar with the letter sent to the Always company but here are two portions: “I opened an Always maxi-pad, and there, printed on the adhesive backing, were these words: 'Have a Happy Period.'” “Though I will certainly miss your Flex-Wings, I will not for one minute miss your brand of condescending bullshit.”
I found a few more fabulous quotes: “When Always products came on the market, my first reaction was--who in the world wants to associate any of this stuff with Always? How about Never?”
“Saying, ‘Have a happy period,’ to women is like saying ‘Have a happy bout of impotence,’ to men.”
So what do you think? Menstruation: natural, though irritating, phenomenon worthy of humor OR very serious platform for feminist frenzy OR sign of perpetuated female punishment for Eve’s transgression?

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