Feminine products that no one actually needs

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American society runs on nothing if not convincing people to buy shit that they don’t need. Beyond that, companies strive to sell people shit that doesn’t do what it’s advertised to do. When the bottom line is the only thing that matters, there’s no limit to the unneeded shit that companies will try to sell you. One of these products that covers all three of these criteria is douches.

There are lots of myths surrounding douches. Many women erroneously believe that douching can prevent STDs, pregnancy, leave you clean and fresher than before or rid your vagina of odor. While thinking that it prevents STDs and pregnancy might just be a lack of sexual education, it seems that douching is encouraged as part of the idea that vaginae are dirty and wrong and evil and should be censored, even when being talked about in a medical sense.

However, the truth is that while you might feel “fresher” after douching, you’re actually risking an infection, pregnancy complications and there’s even a link between douching and cervical cancer. Is all of that worth all of that for a psychological feeling of cleanliness? Definitely not.

No matter how a commercial tries to convince you that you’re dirty “down there” and have to be clean and smell like flowers, don’t believe it. Your vagina is fine the way it is and as for guys, they are biologically attracted to the vagina’s natural smell, particularly during ovulation. Don’t think that just because you don’t particularly like the smell that no one else will.

I’ll leave you with a quote from my favorite Vagina Monologue, “My Angry Vagina”.

Stop shoving things up me. Stop shoving and stop cleaning it up. My vagina doesn’t need to be cleaned up. It smells good already. Don’t try to decorate. Don’t believe him when he tells you it smells like rose petals when it’s supposed to smell like pussy. That’s what they’re doing, trying to clean it up, make it smell like bathroom spray or a garden. All those douche sprays, floral, berry, rain. I don’t want my pussy to smell like berries or rain. All cleaned up like washing a fish after you cook it. I want to taste the fish. That’s why I ordered it.

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