Your Vagina Smells Fine

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Back to the news; Summer's Eve, a company that produces douches, wipes and deoderizing sprays to combat that 'not-so-fresh-feeling', ie - smelly vagina, has launched an innovative new advertising campaign.
Though piggy-backing on girl-power-style feminism with a bridle of dehumanizing objectification is nothing new for Summer's Eve; remember last year when their magazine ad suggested that the first step for asking for a promotion is deodorizing your vag (if you're a chick)? Jezebel, Salon,Nerve and Sociological Images have all come out with some pretty interesting observations/criticisms of this new ad (and the questionably racist ads that make up the rest of this new campaign). It reminds me of a fantastic quote from Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues,
"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."
Not to mention that a very female-centric campain is advertising products that can interfere with the delicate ph and bacteria balance of your pussy (complete with artificial scents and chemicals which kill vagina-friendly bacteria), which research has extensively linked to yeast infections. Scented products, products that contain nonoxyl-9 spermicides and anti-biotics have all been linked to increased frequency of yeast infection and most doctors recommend against them as is consistant with the majority of current research. And you know when Perez Hilton hates your ad campaign for feminine hygiene products, it's pretty bad.

So-called 'feminine odor' is normal, natural and healthy for the most part. If you or your partner(s) notice a change in your natural scent, or you really smell bad, it could be a sign of an infection which should be examined by a doctor, not covered up. If you find your normal vaginal secretions to be especially pungent; washing with a mild soap (if any) and water once a day, especially when you are menstruating, is more than enough to stay clean. Your vagina is supposed to smell like a vagina; not like berries or rain. If it weren't, we would all be getting turned-on when those first drops of rain started splashing on our faces or diving head-first into the strawberries at the supermarket.

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