This is the third in a three-part series about women and advertising.
There are plenty of commercials and advertisements aimed at aiding women with feminine health issues, but they are incredibly secret about what area needs aiding. When using the words “feminine health,” “feminine hygiene,” or “feminine area,” these ads are talking about women’s private parts — the vagina, to be exact.
But the word ‘vagina’ might be too real, vivid, or disturbing to use, as Democratic state representative Lisa Brown found out after saying ‘vagina’ and then being banned from speaking by male politicians who took offense with her choice of words. One colleague, Republican Mike Callton, was very upset and insulted by Brown using the word ‘vagina’: “What she said was offensive. It was so offensive I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.”