Well people, December is upon us again.
We can read a calendar, we know what comes after November, and yet it still seems to sneak up on as and wreak havoc.
I’ve expanded my Christmas shopping tools this year, partly to embrace online technology, but mostly to avoid shops, people and Christmas craziness.
I find myself buying some items off the ads that are more increasingly being added to my Instagram feed. I have had a mix of hits and misses, but am happy to report that the hits are winning at the moment.
One of the things I have had from these ads is a massive shock, like massive!
A product has been making its way onto my Insta feed a little too much. I am really concerned that if the ads are linked to our online presence or searches, then what does the internet world think I’m into?
Let me set the scene….
I am sitting on my couch, post Pilates, nursing an ice-cold water or G&T depending on the day. I decide to have an Instagram session, see what my online besties (people who have no idea who I am) are up to.
** Note – I was scrolling last week when I had jet lag and I went deep. You know that scrolling session where it takes you 18 back arrows to get home? Well let’s just say that I am now following Patti Newton, I know all of her grandkids names and I may have liked a pic from May 2014. Take care out there. **
So, I’ve just returned to my newsfeed when bam! THE AD appears.
I nearly scroll past but something catches my eye.
Can this be real? Is what I’m reading actually real?
I go back and re-read, I flick through the numerous pictures and it’s confirmed.
THE AD wants me to purchase a pair of undies that can hold up to 2 tampons worth of liquid.
2 tampons worth of liquid! That liquid is blood.
Yep, you heard me. Period undies!!
Someone out there wants me to walk around the streets, going about my daily life, all the while “free bleeding” into my undies.
NO! Just NO!
From someone who grew up wearing a mattress thick pad for the first 2 years of having a period, I cannot compute this item.
I spent all of my high school years, at period time, asking my girlfriends at the end of every class,
“Can you check?”
They knew exactly what I meant and lots of you reading will too. Getting your friends to check the back of your school dress in case of any leakage, which in itself was so unlikely given the 3-inch thickness of the pad you changed every hour………because paranoia.
Not to mention the fact that you would’ve needed to go home from school, with your jumper tied around your waist (a dead giveaway) and depending on the damage you might’ve need to change schools.
How can I now be expected to bleed freely into a set of bloomers?
**Bloomers was the 80’s/90’s term for a pair of thicker black undies, that you wore over your undies, under your school dress or netball skirt, so that no-one saw your undies. No allowing the vag to breath in the 80’s! **
I would be asking strangers on the train, the tram, at work, while shopping to “check me”! I would not be able to function in society anymore.
When discussing this item, and my shock with my daughter she sends me a picture of the ad for the period bathers!
Are these people just taking the absolute piss now?
Am I the only one who saw Jaws? I am not willing to take the risk of being shark bait just to be on trend or save a tree or two.
I will continue to do what Dolly Doctor told me to do in 1988 and I will securely wedge the tampon string between my bum cheeks when wearing bathers. She hasn’t let me down yet, bless the Doctor.
Is this an environmental issue? Is there a cotton shortage?
I have Scott (husband) out in the back yard as we speak, digging a garden bed. He thinks we are planting some salad veggies, but I am going to be growing my own cotton. I have joined Pinterest and I’m sure there will be a DIY tampon making tutorial on there somewhere.
I will be rolling and stockpiling my home-made tampons. I’m basically the doomsday prepper of periods!
I will not be at the mercy of the free bleeding revolutionaries.
All being said and done I am fully supportive of a person’s right to choose. Do what’s right for you, and please if anyone tries these undies you must let me know. I will supply the wine and you can supply the details.
Have a happy and safe festive season and enjoy lots of laughter with loved ones.
Below is the link for the ad for anyone wanting a look.