10.5.05

Girl things

Nothing sends a girl into a rummaging frenzy as much as the abrupt realisation that she's completely out of feminine hygiene products. A survey of the toiletries cupboard yielded nothing, which sent me scurrying to the adjacent cupboard where I keep all my bags --- and believe me, there are many --- to see if a stray feminine hygie --- oh all right, sanitary napkin was lurking in one of their side-pockets.

Three messenger bags, one all-purpose shopping bag and three handbags later (and these were just the bags that I've been using recently), the search came up to nought. I had to make an emergency pilgrimage to my neighbourhood provision shop after all. Fortunately, all this transpired in the evening, well before it closed for the day --- unlike the last time I had one of these emergencies at night, which then necessitated a run down the road to the 24-hour convenience store.

Every time I think about sanitary napkins --- which is not to say that I think about them very often --- I have to tell the story about C, who went to university with me:

Freshman year. One of those obligatory late-night visits to the supermarket that are practically a graduation requirement if you live in a town with a 24-hour grocery store. C and I and a guy friend are wandering the aisles, picking up odds and ends and enjoying the quiet. C realises she needs some feminine hygiene products, picks up a pack of them --- and promptly thrusts them at me. Because at the age of 19, 20, whatever age we were then, she, seasoned world traveller and enticer of men, is ashamed to be seen in an empty grocery store with a pack of sanitary napkins. (It had nothing to do with the guy; he was friend enough that we could be blasé enough about such matters around him.)

I thought I was the shy one, but I just tossed the pack in with the rest of my shopping and blithely proceeded down the aisles. I think I had to carry it for her too, after check-out, even when it was partially hidden in a plastic shopping bag.

Girls. We'll buy lingerie and flaunt little La Senza or Victoria's Secret paper bags, but feminine hygiene products send us dashing for cover.

8 Comments:

At 5/11/2005 8:43 pm , Blogger NARDAC said...

Who flaunts their La Senza bags? Who still uses sanitary napkins? You're in a weird world.

As for shyness, I get bashful buying condoms. Always makes me feel more whore-like than responsible. Compared to that, a box of tampons brings no shame.

Tampon-le Tampon-le Tampon-le... tampon means plug in french. In the first scene in Carrie, de Palma version, the french translation always makes me laugh.

 
At 5/12/2005 2:19 pm , Blogger mis_nomer said...

Whoa! Tampon means plug in French?

 
At 5/12/2005 3:48 pm , Blogger Little Miss Drinkalot said...

It's buying SUPER SIZE tampons for EXTRA HEAVY flow that gets me all flustered.

 
At 5/12/2005 4:08 pm , Blogger NARDAC said...

and to make it even grosser...
tamponner means to stamp... as in, I need to get this document stamped... ok, je le tampon!

 
At 5/12/2005 10:12 pm , Blogger Tym said...

I guess I didn't stick with the French classes long enough to get to "tampon".

LMD --- no need to shy lah!

 
At 5/12/2005 11:24 pm , Blogger cour marly said...

There's a new line of 'quiet' napkins that apparently eliminates the noise made by unwrapping/removing/applying them when in the toilet. Which prompted someone to lament how sad it is that women still have such hang-ups at this day and age such that there's apparently a viable market for such stuff.

 
At 5/14/2005 10:54 am , Anonymous kk said...

see, this is why in japan, they pack all feminine items and other "embarassing" things in a dark brown paper bag and then, some more, put it in a non-see through plastic bag, specifically created for this purpose. ahhh. japan...

 
At 5/14/2005 1:30 pm , Blogger Agagooga said...

... women

I remember the girl who invented the sanitary panty during 1997's Innovation Program. Twas a hoot, especially when I asked, in front of a whole LT of people, whether she had heard of tampons.

 

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