Talking Vaginas and Other Low Points in the History of Douche
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Offending the African American and Hispanic communities is just another sore spot in the history of the douche. We've compiled other low points in douche's sad, sad history.
5. Other Inappropriate Advertisements
Believe it or not, Summer's Eve's recent foray into racial stereotypes isn't the first time the company has found itself in hot water over it's advertising. Last year they caught flack for a magazine advertisement masquerading as a list of 'helpful tips' on asking for a raise at work. First and foremost was using Summer's Eve Feminine Wash followed by eating breakfast, arriving to work on time and not letting your mean old boss bully you and your fresh vagina out of that raise.
To be fair, Summer's Eve was courting the all important 'Female Professional Smart Enough to Hold a Successful Job but Not Smart Enough to Know How to Ask For a Raise, Eat Properly, or Clean Themselves' demographic.
4. The Lysol Douche
Yes, everyone's favorite slightly toxic lemon scented disinfectant was at one time our country's most popular douching formula. Beginning at the tail end of the roaring '20s, Lysol was proclaimed to help 'marital bliss' by preventing odors and infections. From 1930 to 1960, douching with Lysol was the number one form of birth control in America (and people wonder how the Baby Boom started). The American Medical Association found the claim of Lysol douching being an effective contraceptive false, and Lysol was castigated to household cleaning purgatory.
3. Martin Lawrence's SNL Monologue
In a rarely seen banned clip from Saturday Night Live, Martin Lawrence decided to go off script in his 1993 monologue, instead choosing to lament what he viewed as a failure by the women he knew to properly clean themselves.
Beyond proving that Mister Lawrence had a tenuous at best grasp on the chemistry behind breath mints, the vulgar monologue made Lawrence persona-non-grata on SNL and forced douching to forever be linked to the Wild Hogs star. Everyone suffered as a result of Martin's douching rant. Even that evening's musical guests Crash Test Dummies fell off the radar after the show, certainly a result of Lawrence's ill-thought-out rant.
2. Douche as a Pejorative
At some point in the English language's recent history, the word 'douche' has been appropriated from hygienic product to catch-all, easy insult. Who among us hasn't called someone a douche, be it face to face, texted, or on the safe confines of the Internet? Arguably, the use of 'douche' as an insult is inherently sexist and denigrates the female reproductive system as grotesque. On the other hand, can you think of a more appropriate way to describe the cast of Entourage?
1. Douching: Unhealthy?
However, the most damning contributor to douching's bad PR is the cut and dried fact that many studies have revealed that under many circumstances, using a douche actually puts a woman's vagina at risk. Unless prescribed by the doctor, use of commercial douches may lead to vaginal infections, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, and premature delivery.
So no matter how much their advertising may speak to your particular ethnic background, just say no to the douche. Unless you want to bang Martin Lawrence, then you're going to want to rush to CVS for the Summer's Eve (and some Tic-Tacs).
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