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A Tampon Commercial That Shows Just How Mystifying Actual Tampon Commercials Are

This is a parody, but there's a reason it feels so familiar.

A Tampon Commercial That Shows Just How Mystifying Actual Tampon Commercials Are
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When it comes to periods, those of us who get them know all the ins and outs of one of the messiest and least-fun times of the month. But does it ever feel like those who don't have to deal with periods really don't understand what we're going through?

The fact is, a lot of tampon ads are made by teams of people who have no idea what it's like to have a period.

As this parody demonstrates so hilariously well, most of what non-period-havers know about periods comes from other tampon commercials and from the number of tampons we period-havers keep in our bags "just in case." Both of which — let's be real — can be confusing even to us.


There's not a lot of honest period talk out there, and that's why it's so refreshing when it does happen, especially in an ad.

And by the way, whoever came up with the idea for using that blue liquid to demonstrate absorbency deserves to be flicked on the forehead really, really hard. So stupid!

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