I found this video featuring a 14- (then 13) year-old speaking about “slut shaming” in a way more thoughtful and articulate than I have heard pretty much anyone talk about it ever.
Here is her YouTube Channel, in which she talks about many things, sadly, not too much about sexuality or sexual health issues. Though we are lucky enough to get her take on Georgia’s abortion laws.
How can we support youth like this so that they can continue to think critically about how sexuality is portrayed in our country, and others?
Safe for Down There
fingers (clean & short nails)
Not Safe for Down There
a French baguette
vodka soaked tampons
You may have just read that second list and laughed, but that last non-safe for down there isn’t as ridiculous as it seems. Thanks to a few personal blogs that I read, I learned about a new fad; slimming. From what I can surmise (thank you YouTube), slimming is the vaginal or anal insertion of a vodka-soaked tampon in order to get drunk. ShamelesslySassy‘s blog post first caught my eye, and then I read about Slacker-Moms-R-Us‘ personal experience learning of this new trend on a school field trip.
I am not surprised that teens are looking for new ways to hide drinking from their parents. This has been happening for generations. I am, however, surprised to think that teens are willing to endure the burning that a vodka-infused tampon must elicit. I’m highly interested in learning more about the actual physical dangers that putting a tampon soaked in vodka can have on a woman’s vagina/vaginal opening and/or the anus. It can’t be good.
Parents, if you notice that your daughter is suddenly going through more tampons than normal, or that your son is very willing to hang out in the feminine product aisle, you might want to start asking some pretty personal questions.
*safest with a condom
*Thank you Mommy Is Moody for the fabulous title