Too often, you'll see something like this in an ad for tampons.


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White shirt, white sheets, white everything.

Or this.

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What is that mystery blue liquid anyway?

This probably looks familiar.

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"Let's go with pink," says every person making a decision about the color of feminine hygiene packaging.

And this monstrosity?

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Wow, we get it already.

For the most part, tampon commercials don't really know how to sell their product in innovative, stereotype-busting ways.

Sure, sometimes they can be clever. But all too often, they rely on obnoxious notions about gender and female fragility and try to hide the fact that menstruating is not, in fact, fun. Like, there's such a thing as a "happy" period? And why is everyone twirling in white yoga pants all the time?

Admittedly, promoting a product that involves blood and genitalia can be a hard sell.

"I'm not saying that I want to see blood in tampon commercials," Dodai Stewart once wrote for Jezebel. "I don't know what I want to see. And it seems like the ad execs don't know either."

But there's got to be a better way. Right?

That's what makes this new tampon commercial so fantastic.

Unlike most other feminine hygiene ads, it doesn't shy away from showing some blood (albeit in an unexpected way):

The ad — promoting the U.K.-based Bodyform's Red.fit campaign — depicts what the website Elle India describes as "the strength, the ferocity, and toughness of blood on women" without awkwardly resorting to flower petals, weird blue liquids, or models with perfect teeth.

Ad execs: More of this, please.

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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Matthew McConaughey in 2019.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made a heartfelt plea for Americans to “do better” on Tuesday after a gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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