Thursday, March 3, 2016
Vagisil deodorizing Feminine Wash Creme
It saddens me to see Vagisil deodorizing Feminine Wash Creme stacked ten rows deep on the metal shelves in Giant's first aid section. There are several reasons that explain why I feel sadness upon encountering these rows of Vagisil, which I will now enumerate. First, the fact that there are so many bottles of Vagisil deodorizing Feminine Wash Creme on Giant's metal shelves suggests that the people in charge of ordering Vagisil from its suppliers ran the numbers and determined that this product is in high enough demand that it is worth Giant's money to invest in stocking the shelves at least ten bottles deep. The second reason is directly related to the first, and in fact serves to explain why the first reason bothers me in the first place. This reason is that, by implication, the fact that Giant's suppliers have determined that it is worth the company's money to invest in a vast supply of Vagisil suggests that a vast array of women feel the need to deodorize their feminine body parts. By extension, this implies to me that a vast array of women have accepted that there is something dirty, or wrong, or otherwise unpleasant about their feminine body parts, and that it is consequently their responsibility to do something to mask these parts and/or to alter them in such a way that they are separate from their original state of being. They might do so because our culture encourages women to otherize their own bodies, and this message is so pervasive that it is often very difficult to eschew its influence and declare No, I will not deodorize my feminine body parts. No, I am not gross or wrong or any less attractive for refusing to do so. The third reason is that the rows of Vagisil deodorizing Feminine Wash Creme are located within Giant's designated "First Aid" section, thereby implying that there is something medically or otherwise critically necessary about deodorizing women's feminine body parts. The fourth and final reason I feel sad when I encounter Vagisil deodorizing Feminine Wash Creme stacked ten rows deep on Giant's metal first aid section shelves is that I worry sometimes if I am too prescriptive in my judgements. While I may feel viscerally opposed to the sight or utility of Vagisil deodorizing Feminine Wash Creme, perhaps other women value the role that this product plays in their lives. It makes me sad to think that my determination of the oppressive and dehumanizing nature of Vagisil deodorizing Feminine Wash Creme might make another woman feel badly about herself for choosing to use it.