See more Kotex items: First ad
(1921; scroll to bottom of page) - ad 1928 (Sears
and Roebuck catalog) - Lee Miller ads (first
real person in a menstrual hygiene ad, 1928) - Marjorie
May's Twelfth Birthday (booklet for girls, 1928, Australian edition;
there are many links here to Kotex items) - Preparing
for Womanhood (1920s, booklet for girls; Australian edition) - 1920s
booklet in Spanish showing disposal method
- box from about 1969 -
"Are you in the know?" ads
(Kotex) (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) -
See more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main page
DIRECTORY of all topics (See also the
SEARCH ENGINE, bottom
Comic strip: A conservative American
family visits the (future) Museum of Menstruation
Menstrual Cups May Do the Best Job - If Women Can Overcome Negative
Left: Where Instead sits (from the Instead
instructions, with added color). Ring is dark red, pouch is lighter color.
The Instead people say women can keep the cup in about twice as long
as they would a tampon, up to 12 hours on light days. And users can
wear the cup during sexual intercourse for blood-free sex. As also mentioned
below, cups are probably the safest of all menstrual protection devices.
But many women are reluctant to insert their fingers into their vaginas,
especially during menstruation, and this may pose a problem for wide acceptance.
And there is the disposability factor - this is not biodegradable
Finally, apart from the great merits of the product, I must mention again
that menstrual cups have been around for decades (see the item below). The
old Tassette and Tassaway cups were advertised in mainstream, national magazines
like Bazaar, even if The Keeper is less widely advertised (it deserves better).
Advertising folks are not telling the truth when they claim that - as Padette
also does in the next item down - Instead is the first really new thing
in menstrual protection in 60 years.
See also my protest below.
There is a recent  New Yorker magazine cartoon showing a line
of public relations people in front of the door to PR hell. Above the door
a sign reads (approximately, anyway), "Abandon All Hype, Ye Who
Enter Here." I wish.
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