Elizabeth Kissling notes some surprising progress in popular culture on this front, but as she points out, it is surprising. Daring is the word she uses. Good catch on her part. But it still confirms that the stereotype is that men will be all flustered about tampons and all that.
There seems to be a general sense among some women, generally young and college-educated and not really very familiar with men women, that men are “squicked out” by all thing vaginal and especially menstrual. Who knows, maybe they are just projecting their own body-acceptance issues.
But it is so not true:
“Panties size 20…
Tampons (A TRUE STORY)
Tampons to the rescue in Iraq!! Don’t worry, it’s a good story, and worth reading. It’s even humorous in parts. It’s from the mother of a Marine in Iraq.
My son told me how wonderful the care packages we had sent them from the ladies auxiliary were and wanted me to tell everyone thank you.
He said that one guy we’ll call Marine X, got a female care package and everyone was giving him a hard time. My son said, ‘Marine X got some really nice smelling lotion and everyone really likes it, so every time he goes to sleep they steal it from him.’
He said he wasn’t sure who it was supposed to go to, but the panties were size 20, and he said one of the guys got on top of the Humvee and jumped off with the panties over his head and yelled, ‘Look at me, I’m an Airborne Ranger!!!!’
One of the guys connected the panties to an antenna and it blew in the wind like a windsock. He said it entertained them for quite a while. Then of course. . . they had those tampons. When he brought this up, my imagination just went running, but he continued.
My son said they had to go on a mission and Marine X wanted the Chap-Stick and lotion for the trip. He grabbed a bunch of the items from his care package and got in the Humvee. As luck would have it, he grabbed the tampons too, and my son said everyone was teasing him about ‘not forgetting his feminine hygiene products.’
He said things went well for a while, then the convoy was ambushed and a Marine was shot. He said the wound was pretty clean, but it was deep. He said they were administering first aid but couldn’t get the bleeding to slow down, and someone said, ‘Hey! Use Marine X’s tampons!’ My son said they put the tampon in the wound. At this point my son profoundly told me, ‘Mom, did you know that tampons expand?’ (‘Well….yeah!’)
They successfully slowed the bleeding until the guy got better medical attention. When they went to check on him later, the surgeon told them, ‘You guys saved his life. If you hadn’t stopped that bleeding he would have bled to death.’ My Son said, ‘Mom, the tampons sent by the Marine Moms by mistake saved a Marine’s life.’
At this point I asked him, ‘Well, what did you do with the rest of the tampons?’
He said, “Oh, we divided them up and we all have them in our flak jackets, and I kept two for our first aid kit.”
I am absolutely amazed by the ingenuity of our Marines. I can’t believe that something that started out as a mistake then turned into a joke, ended up saving someone’s life. My sister said she doesn’t believe in mistakes. She believes God had a plan all along. She believes that ‘female care package’ was sent to Marine X to save our Marine.
And I believe God loves a good crude joke.
Anyway, this reminds me of another use for tampons. Back in the day when we had .50 caliber machine guns – I don’t know if they are still in the inventory; they have been around since before WWI – someone noticed that a new Kotex was exactly the right caliber to clean the bore of the barrel. The wire bore brush was good but insufficient to get the bore really gleaming clean, and working a cotton rag down that length of barrel was a real challenge, so the Kotex finsished the job like nothing else could. And the PX already stocked them anyway! This reminds me – hint to our Canadian readers – do you know what the most efficient kind of long underwear is? Panty hose! The Rangers figured that out years ago. But then, they can get away with that kind of thing.