more Tampax items: American ad from
August 1965 -
nudity in an ad: May
1992 (United Kingdom) - a sign advertising
Tampax during World War II - the original patent - an instruction sheet
from the 1930s
See a Modess True
or False? ad in The American Girl
magazine, January 1947, and actress Carol Lynley in
"How Shall I Tell My Daughter" booklet ad
(1955) - Modess . . .
. because ads (many dates).
Some thoughts on "You want me to put that ... where?" Well, Donald Trump – and now even proper ladies – feel permitted to say a word in public that would have landed them outside of mainstream American society, what, a month before the 2016 election?
October 1997, Teen magazine,
With a helpful etching by Augustin Hirschvogel (who??)
To answer the question in the ad's title: that word is – gosh, am I allowed to use Trump's word here, a place sacred to that body part? Google kicked this museum out of its ad program probably because of similar although correct language.
Let me tell you a story. You're the first to hear this.
Around 2000 a university invited me to display items from this museum in a student feminist event in the Spring. Some of the other participants called me over to a table to join them in coloring with crayons a body part close to the one we're talking about. It was illustrated on sheets of paper.Anyway, Tampax from the beginning felt compelled to teach its potential consumers why those little wads of material, "small wonders," were just the thing to absorb menstrual discharge. It was and is often a tough sell.
"Sit down. We're coloring vaginas," said the hostess as she handed me a sheet and crayons.
I stared at a line drawing of a large vulva. My several female companions, in their teens and 20s it looked to me, were talking among themselves and coloring.
As a geek with special social skills, some would say limited, even clueless, I hesitated at this invitation to agree to a misnomer.
Trying to be polite, I cleared my throat – these were actual owners of that body part, after all, and they were very nice to allow me to color it in their company – and said what had to be said.
"That's not a vagina. It's a vulva," I mansplained, forcing a smile. It hurt.
The chattering stopped. No one looked at me. As frosty a silence as I've ever felt paralyzed my environs.
Embarrassed, I left.
But sometimes even an old white man can splain the truth.
Unfortunately "pussy," Trump's word, would have been closer to the mark for everyone.
- By the way, if you need an illustration of what "grabbing pussy" is–that's what the president said he did more than once–see what the German artist, mathematician, cartographer Augustin Hirschvogel (16th century) etched below the ad.
See a letter
a mother wrote to her daughter's
doctor about tampons and hymens.
The ad measures 8 x 10 3/4" (20.3 x
|Below: About five hundred years ago German artist Augustin Hirschvogel, also a scientist, mathematician and cartographer, etched this satyr grabbing a woman's, um, whatever (Wikipedia), the president's bragging about which having been in the news right before his inauguration. Remember the pussy hats? Demonstrations? Amazing what's caught in the Web.|
|See another Tampax instructional ad: "No,
the tampon can't get lost. All you
can lose is those diapers."
And another: "Are they hard to put
in?" - American ad from August 1965 -
nudity in an ad: May
1992 (United Kingdom) -
during World War II - the original patent - an instruction sheet
from the 1930s
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