"Have a happy period"


Nessie
on Sep 01, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

This is the slogan for for the "Always" brand of sanitary napkins. Personally, whenever I see this commercial, I am torn between laughing out of incredulity, and feeling some kind of quasi-feminist outrage. Who says this?! Mostly I just laugh, but come on, if someone actually said that to me (especially during that time of the month) I would seriously consider hurting them. Yes, not having to worry about about my pad while on my period is great, but happy?!!! That's pushing it, and if you are the sort that suffers during that time, nothing but your fat pants and some pain medication is actually going to make you feel better.How does this make you feel, as a woman?
 

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Nessie
uummm on Sep 01, 2008 @ 11:19 pm

May not have posted this in the right section, still trying to find my way around the new site!(it looks great, btw!)
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Scents Of Peace
This *could* be in the right section - lol! on Sep 02, 2008 @ 01:30 am

Depending on who you ask - but, yes, I have to agree - depending on my mood and if I am in fact in my fat pants (with a hunk of chocolate and a java I.V.) when that pops across my TV set - makes me wanna grab the nerf and bounce it.All that said, I guess it is clever marketing with Mother Nature and her monthly "gifts". That is the same commercial, right ?Myself, I am a user of the washable flannel (and have been for YEARS - more than 10) and have a "happier period" since using them. Once I navigate the forum, I think there is a post asking about similar products . . .I did have a good laugh though - thanks Nessie ;-)
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biochick
menstruation as disease? on Sep 04, 2008 @ 11:22 pm

You mentioned "quasi-feminist outrage", and I found myself looking at this chat room and wondering if I should feel semi-outraged. The first topic on the page is "Relationships", then "Fashion", "Beauty" and waaaaay down at the bottom of the list are "Health" and "News and Issues". Does this pigoenhole women as shallow creatures whose main concerns in life are "how do I make him like me?" and "what is the best mascara?"?

But if I couldn't find some escape and entertainment value in shallow things once in a while, I wouldn't come to this site. You can't take everything seriously all the time.

Those commercials don't bother me, but I have a friend who rants every once in a while about how mainstream society treats menstruation as some kind of disease.
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reeshie19
uhm on Sep 05, 2008 @ 05:29 am

i never really looked at the page like that, but do you really think there is an agenda to the list?i completely get what you are saying though.
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biochick
uh on Sep 06, 2008 @ 01:40 am

No, I don't actually think there is an agenda to the list. I was just pondering out loud.
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Ali de Bold
Haha! on Sep 06, 2008 @ 06:53 pm

No there is no agenda to these forums. I can tell you because I came up with the topics. Just things my friends and I were talking about and that I had seen on similar forums. We were also trying to mirror the topics we had available for reviews since we don't allow commenting on the reviews themselves.

If you guys have some categories you would like to see in these forums, please let me know as I can get them added. As to the order of the topics, that was just what made sense to me at the time. That is also changeable if it is bothering anyone ;)

Thanks for your feedback!
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Ali de Bold
Our perception of how women should be on Sep 06, 2008 @ 07:31 pm

I also find it funny/odd when women get angry at each other for how they each represent or perceive womanhood. I have been accused of being old fashioned at times for saying things like "The man should pay for the first date" or talking about beauty or fashion or anything related to male chivalry.

On the other hand, I have also found myself irritated with other women for not being "strong" enough and standing up for themselves enough or being self-sufficient. Personally I not only want to make as much money as my male counterparts, I want to make more than them - just because I can. I want a successful career where I don't have to rely on anyone but myself. But at the same time I'd like to dress well and look good while doing it. I think a lot of women fall into that category. Is that a bad thing? Not remotely.

I think some women are genuinely afraid that some lipstick and heels wearing woman is going to single handedly undo the feminist movement and we will be back where our Grandmothers started.

Should we be disappointed with ourselves if we sometimes choose to discuss a
mascara over world politics? Are we pigeon holeing ourselves if we'd
rather talk about relationships than personal health issues? I don't
think so. Especially since we do talk about those things anyway. Sometimes the light stuff is just more fun! If women didn't want to talk about these things there wouldn't be a billion dollar beauty/fashion magazine industry.

My job surrounds me with things like beauty products, fashion and traditional "girly" things but does that mean that is the only way I define myself? No, of course not. It's just a part of me and I happen to enjoy that part.

There is a nice diversity of opinions on these forums and I love it. It's great that we don't all think the same or the conversations would be so dull:

Person A: "I think the guy should pay for the first date."

Person B: "Ya. Me too"

Person C: "Me too"

Person D: "Um Hmmm!"

... yawn....

There are times where I will say something here and get my ass kicked and I love it. It always challenges me to see things from another perspective.
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reeshie19
good on you miss chickie on Sep 07, 2008 @ 05:30 pm

because i agree......

i honestly just scroll down the page if i have a health issue,no biggie:)
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artist
Perceptions of women AND men on Sep 07, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

There are many websites that you can argue stereotype and "pigeon-hole" men and women into shallow creatures. I think it totally works both ways.

For example, you can look up askmen.com and other websites that are devoted to a male audience. Ok, yes I know it is a magazine. But the website acts as a free resource for men all over the world. They have sections completely devoted to "stereotypical" (and you can argue - shallow) male interests: women, sex, the 99 most hot female celebrities in the world, cars, gagets, technology, sex tips, sports, women, sex...

You can say that these are also "shallow" topics because they their main focus is not current events, world issues and health.

And interestingly, no one says anything about that.

Keep in mind that I am not slandering askmen at all. Websites like these act as a good and fun way for people to connect based on the same interests (or based on gender). They also act as a good resource for people to find out information that matters to them.

I just find it interesting how when women choose to talk about beauty, hair, relationships and stilettos.... automatically we either feel feminist-outraged or maybe guilty for caring about "womanly" things instead of discussing world issues and politics. Or we might become irritated by other women for it. But for men... it's ok. In fact, it's encouraged!

Is it possible to formulate an all-encompassing website that does not stereotype or pigeon hole anyone in any shape or form? But then... for what kind of niche market would that cater to? Probably no one. It's just way too broad.

Or is it?

Google.com is completely gender-racial-sexual orientation-age neutral website. But then again... that's a search engine.
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biochick
glad I stirred up some controversy on Sep 09, 2008 @ 08:59 pm

^^^ lol re: Google comment :-)





misschickie you said:

"I think some women are genuinely afraid that some lipstick and heels
wearing woman is going to single handedly undo the feminist movement
and we will be back where our Grandmothers started."



....I used to be like this...I refused to wear makeup or heels for this
reason, but then I realized that how you dress or do your hair isn't
going to make a lick of difference when it comes to changing the world,
either for the worse or for the better. In fact, looking better might
even help you accomplish more because it improves your self-confidence
and the way that people treat you. The fact that men are dying their
hair and getting manicures isn't setting men back in terms of their
power and influence in the world, so why would lipstick and heels
affect women's place in the world?



And artist I completely agree with you.



I was just thinking out loud when I made my comments above, but I'm
glad it brought up some discussion, and sorry to hijack your topic
nessie!



:-)
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