We’ve come a long way, baby – we don’t have to wear pads attached to a belt, but have many options for period time (from tampons with smooth applicators to no applicator or even menstrual cups). I’ve seen a lot of tampon ads that seem to think that using a tampon equals freedom; there’s road trips! You can ride a horse! You can go swimming! Copyranter featured a post about how exciting it is that a menstrual pad ad showed blood (as opposed to that blue liquid – which always kind of weirded me out). I found the Copyranter article from Body Impolitic in a post that made me giggle as well as roll my eyes showing European tampon ads. One ad might be riding the coat tails of the True Blood and Twilight vampire love, and makes me hope that those are organic tampons. The Italian ad actually annoys me, as it insinuates being on your period means no sex – unless of course you’re wearing a tampon. It could have easily been an ad for birth control that allows you to skip your period. It also begs the question, what’s so wrong with having any sort of sexual activity while you’re on your period?
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