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Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. From the military rape article:

    “More than ever,” Sanchez says, “I believe that our leadership at the very top is beginning to realize that they need to be proactive.”

    I don’t think they know what “proactive” means. Rape kits and improved reporting systems are good, but that’s not proactive.

  2. @Mark Hall: You know, I think redefining rape of a fellow soldier as a treasonous act when in a combat (in that you are assaulting a member of the military) would be a good…

    Is the military still in favor of water-boarding? I’m just thinking out loud here.

  3. I am not surprised at the banning of the V-word in ads. What could be worse than using the correct word for a body part? Euuuughh. I believe there is legislation in the works (ABOUT TIME) to ban the use of the word ‘hair’ in advertising, as it is ‘icky’ and evokes images of groins. Also banned are ‘do’ (too scatological) and ‘coiffure’ (too foreign). These banned words should be replaced by any of the following approved words and phrases:

    head feature
    cupcake frosting

  4. Adverts for anything to do with bodily functions annoy the hell out of me.

    I don’t know if you get it in the US, but over here we get adverts showing how much blue liquid pantyliners can hold – I don’t claim to be any sort of expert on female anatomy, but if any sort of blue liquid was coming out of a woman, I think a visit to the doctor would be advisable.

    My real pet peeve though is toilet roll adverts that say that the tissues are as soft as kittens or puppies. Who cares? I’m not going to wipe myself with a kitten. Come to think of it – how do they know they’re as soft as a kitten…?

  5. The little instruction booklets in my mothers box of Tampons were my first introduction to the realities of female anatomy – up till then all I knew was that girls didn’t have penises.

  6. Really? Kotex is trying to ” hoping to break down the stigmas and embarrassment surrounding feminine care products”? Of all brands? I am not a fan of the way Kotex has previously advertised its products. I feel like they shame and villify the menstrual cycle to a ridiculous point, and reinforce the prudish and conservative attitudes toward it that they assume all American women hold. I think they’re even the ones who invented that silent wrapper for pads, so you can quietly unwrap your pad in secrecy, because heaven forbid other people know your disgusting secret…

    From the Marketing Daily article:

    “Kotex admits that it has been among the advertisers that have been perpetuating this cultural stigma by emphasizing that the best menstrual period is one that is ignored. Kotex will position itself differently going forward to stand for ‘truth, transparency and progressive vagina care.’ ”

    Still not convinced, since that last sentence could really mean anything. So while I believe the word “vagina” should absolutely be uttered frequently in advertisements for products that are inserted into the vagina, I don’t trust Kotex with the job of doing it respectfully. I don’t trust that their idea of “breaking down embarrassment” or “standing for progressive vagina care” by using the word “vagina” wouldn’t instead make references to how smelly, messy and inconvenient they are.

  7. @davew: According to Marc Thiessen, waterboarding is highly illegal and a violation of the Geneva Convention if used against our soldiers, and the fact it has been in the past including in the first Gulf War is just one more reason to have invaded Iraq a second time.

    Note that Marc Thiessen fully supports waterboarding captured enemy combatants.

    Yes, the cognitive dissonance hurts.

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