I never quite understood what the big deal is with tampons.
Growing up, girls were hesitant to talk about using tampons; guys were big babies, either squealing in horror at the mention of 'menstruation,' or finding childish ways t0 play with the feminine care product, like wetting the end and chucking it at cars.
Now that I'm an adult(ish), I know the answers.
Girls were embarrassed because of the societal taboo that tells us something is inherently wrong, or gross, about being a woman with womanly bodily functions. And on the boy's end — well, boys are just dumb.
Fortunately, it's gotten a lot better over the years, but reproductive education is still far from perfect. Miseducation and misrepresentation are everywhere — even in the places you'd least expect it.
I had the distinct pleasure of searching through images on a stock photo website to find a picture of a tampon for an article, and I realized, stock photos are one of those realms in which the realities of modern day do not exist. Stock photos of feminine care products are either totally boring, or unbelievably cheesy.
So, in the interest of Women's History Month, here are 10 of the worst tampon stock photos currently on the Internet.
1.What could be more romantic than a rose and a mug full of vag plugs?
2. “You are my taaaampon, my only taaampon…”
3. I think she’s wearing it wrong.
4. If you squint or look at this picture from far away, it looks like she’s smelling/eating it.
5. Lies, all lies.
6. “Hey, guys, want to help me out on a tampon photoshoot in the park today?”
7. Life is like a box of…tampons.
8. When I get my period, I pick daisies with my freshest tampon buddy, too.
9. The tampon: An instruction manual.
10. It looks like she’s trying to ward off a vampire with feminine hygiene products. Which actually makes sense, considering vampires drink blood…
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