June 16, 2007

Glad it’s not just me

Posted in Feminism at 3:42 pm by The Lizard Queen

I’ve now seen the latest Vagisil commercial a couple of times. Evil Bender was in the room the most recent time, and so he got The Look — the one that says “what the hell is wrong with our society?”

“Is it just me,” I asked, “or is the idea that vaginas should smell like flowers or something — something other than vaginas, anyway — kinda creepy?”

He agreed — and hopefully not just because The Look is scary (at least that’s what I hear). And now I see that Jessica agrees, too. (The comments thread for that post is rather interesting overall, but in particular, the first handful are great. The sixth comment down (at least according to my view — it was seeming to me like I wasn’t seeing all the comments) had me laughing out loud.)

Jessica links to the Vagisil homepage, and right there on the front page there’s a link to “an interactive tour of down there” (italics in the original). There’s also a “teen center” that refers to “you know where.” I kid you not. It all makes me so tired and irritated. It’s a VAGINA. Or perhaps they’re referring to the VULVA (the external parts of the female genitalia). There’s nothing wrong with them in their natural state; if your natural smell has shifted into something that makes you gag and you’re genuinely afraid that other people are going to smell your vagina from outside your clothes, then you need to see a doctor.

Stepping off my soapbox now…

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3 Comments »

  1. loljesus said,

    “There’s nothing wrong with them in their natural state; if your natural smell has shifted into something that makes you gag and you’re genuinely afraid that other people are going to smell your vagina from outside your clothes, then you need to see a doctor.”

    You are SO so right on with this. I share your indignance (sp? tsp?) at this. As a society, people in this culture have become so brainwashed into the “pussy shame” that talking like the Vagisil ad seems NORMAL. And that’s what ticks me off.

    “Down there” | “You know where” indeed.

  2. Mishka P said,

    heh heh you said soapBOX….heh heh heh

  3. Cara said,

    Here’s what I don’t get about Vagisil… if they’re going to make something to scent your vag, why don’t they make it practical? I’d like a steak scented one, or maybe even beer. Those are the things that turn guys on, not flowers or “spring rain” (whatever the hell that smells like), and they’re the ones (for heteros anyway, I suppose) spending the most time “down there” smelling it anyway.

    If a woman can actually smell her own vagina, she is either a performer in Cirque du Soleil and can actually get her nose down there, or, more likely, she needs far more help than Vagisil can deliver…


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