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Apparently, puberty is all about the deodorant

Posted on 2010.11.17 at 19:51
Current Music: Gladiators - Symbol Of Reality

We just got back from previewing the (supposedly) sex-ed films that they will be showing Meret’s class. They weren’t really sex-ed at all, but about puberty and such. They were made by Always, the pad-with-wings company (and which is doubtlessly owned by a company which also makes deodorant) and had some real product placement. The messages were as follows; Girls: you will get your period soon. It sounds kind of yucky, and it sort of is. Use a pad with wings. Everyone’s body is different, and yours is just fine, although smelly. Wear deodorant. Boys: Don’t worry about how big your penis is. Sometimes it will get hard. Everyone’s body is different, and yours is just fine, although smelly. Wear deodorant. Girls: here is a packet with a booklet, some deodorant, and a pad with wings. Boys: here is a packet and deodorant, although you can’t know the wonder of a pad with wings. You both smell bad. Wear deodorant.

Seriously, deodorant was the major topic of the film.


uberconfused at 2010-11-18 02:05 (UTC) (Link)
if only more people had received such an education!
Hermione Granger
gimmelgirl at 2010-11-18 03:26 (UTC) (Link)
And this after the recent Times article about people who don't shower daily or use deodorant regularly. There was one guy who liked to rub a lemon under his pits. I feel like if you go to that much effort, why not just use deodorant?
yafah at 2010-11-18 03:43 (UTC) (Link)
do NOT underestimate the deodorant education. imagine packing 30 sweaty pre-pubescent/pubescent kids in a small classroom and then staying there with them for 7 hours. it's for the sanity of our teachers!!
tobeginagain at 2010-11-18 04:10 (UTC) (Link)
As a 5th grade teacher of students who come back to class sweaty and smelly after recess, but have not yet learned to use deodorant because they're too young or something, I have a message to their parents: Your children smell. Give them deodorant.

I'm sorry the film was one large advertisement, but they do need to learn to wear deodorant. Opening the windows all afternoon only makes a finite difference.

/teacher soap box
theservant at 2010-11-18 15:39 (UTC) (Link)
I am OK with telling them to wear deodorant, but I am a bit annoyed that it was the thrust of a discussion about puberty; it's like- welcome to your new body, it is disgusting and must be covered up.
Release the Kraken!
delerium69 at 2010-11-18 04:32 (UTC) (Link)

How depressing

Wow, not much has changed in 30 years. Except when I was 10 it Kotex, and maxi pads didn't have wings yet. (Hey at least they didn't have belts anymore.) My mother got to send away for a kit with supplies when I was "ready." Tampons were unthinkable. (Because it would take away your virginity. Seriously; people believed it.)

Around the same time, my father gave me the book, "Where Did I Come From?" It's actually not bad; I still have it. When I finished reading it, he said, "Did you know about that?" Me, uncertain of how I should answer: "Um, yeah." Him: "Good." End of discussion. Well, at least I got a book in addition to the "period" movie (which the boys couldn't watch) that was already 20 years old in 1979. *shakes head*

Edited at 2010-11-18 04:33 am (UTC)
Release the Kraken!
delerium69 at 2010-11-18 04:35 (UTC) (Link)
(BTW, oddly, even after editing twice, I couldn't get the comment to accept the icon I chose; it kept using my default. Weird.)
Tim Lieder
marlowe1 at 2010-11-18 06:05 (UTC) (Link)


In my sex ed classes, most of the emphasis was on how to say no and how to NOT have sex. Finally, a sex ed film that gives advice on getting laid.

Then again all this reminds me of the George Carlin joke about marketing a feminine hygiene product called Sprunt.
eitanhalevy at 2010-11-18 06:17 (UTC) (Link)
Most people in other countries around the world think Americans are ridiculously obsessed with body odor. I agree.
uberconfused at 2010-11-18 12:10 (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, most people in other countries around the world smell kind of bad. There is no downside to the American proclivity for good personal hygiene.
sunflower_sky at 2010-11-18 14:51 (UTC) (Link)
Some dermatologists would disagree. Daily showering and many of the soaps, cleansers and shampoos people use constantly can be damaging to the skin. Not even going into the thing about aluminum in anti-perspirants and cancer.

Also, personal hygiene and body odor are not related. Smelling bad isn't pleasant or socially courteous--at least in a place that's, as Eitan says, obsessed with body odor--but it's not unsanitary.

I'm as bad as the next woman raised in a Western society, showering every day and wrinkling my nose when I get a whiff of someone's "natural scent", but I wish I cared less about smelling good and "feeling clean".

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