Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Wonders of Lysol

A friend of mine once told me about a certain administrative-assistant-who-shall-not-be-name who decided it was a good idea to use a can of Lysol spray to clean out the coffee cups at the office. Needless to say, I was appauled to hear this and I now bring in my own mug.

However, that lovely story doesn't even remotely compare to this gem of an image I found of an ad from the 30's.

Yes, that's right. Lysol used to make vaginal douches. I actually had to read it twice for it to sink in that was what they were really talking about. Isn't that nice? This was referenced from an article about vaginal scalding and tissue damage from the Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health. Some gems: sawdust tampon from the Soviet Union, articles on Doctors masturbating their patients to cure certain ailments (including "thank you" letters from past patients), costumes made out of feminine hygiene products, and images of every freaking tampon, menstrual cup and maxi pad that has ever existed. Reading the accompaning ads from the past are a great hoot as well.

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Blogger sarah said...

heard about this for the first time at a party the other night. i had NO IDEA. that's so wrong.

i love that you found an ad for it. i just wonder if the formula is the same...and who the hell thought that was a good idea?

Monday, February 13, 2006  
Blogger cchang said...

Some DUDE in a lab coat thought it was a good idea, I'm sure. God, some of those articles on are hillarious. there's also this booklet called "Susie turns 12" and it talks about menstruation without every once mentioning the words "bleeding" "menstruation" "period" or "sanitary napkin" Amazing how people could function back then. LOL

Monday, February 13, 2006  
Blogger stitchwitch said...

In my seventh grade gym class, girls had to watch a movie about menstruation. Of course, some of the girls had already started having their periods, but I was a late bloomer and didn't have a clue what the movie was about. I'm not sure they ever used the words menstruation or period, but the movie was put out by Kotex, and they definitely talked about sanitary napkins! And this was before adhesive on napkins, when you had to carry around an elastic band that looked a little like a garter belt. Don't miss those days!

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger Kate said...

I did a paper years ago on Godey's Magazine, and noticed that they had recipes for homemade douches with vinegar and arsnic, toothpaste with what was basically dried manure and baking soda, and so much more.

Wrong wrong wrong.

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger cchang said...

Dried manure? I'm trying to figure out where the correlation between clean teeth and stuff that comes out the back end of the cow works.
THe roughage scrubs away plaque maybe? Ewww..

Swithwitch, did the film you watched have images of blooming flowers, falling leaves and rain? My mother said she had some sort of pamphlet growing up that kept refering to "clensing" and "cycles" that she later figured out was about menstration after she had me. LOL.

Sunday, February 19, 2006  
Blogger Monica said...

AAAARRRGGH!!!!!! IT BURNS!!!! WTF?!?!?!?!

I am aghast. Horrified.

Must go look at puppies or something.

Thursday, February 23, 2006  

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