Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hail to the V

I've been reading a lot about the series of Summer's Eve commercials featuring hands representing vaginas, with their slogan "Hail to the V."

They were recently parodied on The Colbert Report.

I'm not sure how I feel about these commercials. Obviously as the video above points out, they rely heavily on racial stereotypes. On one hand I can appreciate that they are trying to represent the female body and perhaps break taboo about talking about vaginas, but using the talking hands makes them more laughable than anything.

Do you think the commercials are more empowering or ridiculous?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Can't quite put my finger on it...

I've been thinking of going to Florida lately.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer camp

I think I am in love with new website Camp Cranky. It has:

  • Stories about first periods TOLD WITH PUPPETS
  • Info about what menstruation actually is on a scientific level
plus a barfing kid animation I find hilarious
  • A comprehensive explanation of nearly ALL period products (Softcup was the only one I noticed missing)
  • The opportunity to "sponsor a period" with Huru International
  • No corporate sponsorship! (as far as I can find)
  • Fun design!
This is a website for girls done right. I'm so impressed. Check it out for yourself!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Real quick round up

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Ban the Bland

Kotex has partnered with designer Patricia Field to put together Ban the Bland, a site where users can design their own disposable maxi pads. Fun colors and  patterns are one of my favorite things about reusable pads, so it's interesting to see a major manufacturer of disposable products picking up on this.

At first, I thought it was a contest, where some of the winning designs would be incorporated into some of Kotex's future products, but that was probably just my hopeful idealism kicking in. There's no competition, and actually their "bold" new products look pretty much the same to me. Still, it's fun to design your own.

my design, "8loodthirtsy"
It made me think about what I would want my ideal disposable pad to look like, though. Bleeding onto an octopus sounds a lot more fun than just another white sterile pad (especially when the unnecessary bleaching of these products leaves behind dangerous dioxins). I've been reading more Gloria Steinem lately, and so I tend to reframe this thought in regard to her "If Men Could Menstruate" essay. I imagine disposable pads for men with targets and crosshairs. I think bleeding on a target could be okay.

Then again, perhaps there is something to be said for providing your own art (hah).


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