Posts tagged ‘personal care’


Culture – Health – Bodies

Social dimensions of biological sex, age, height, weight, attractiveness, body modification.


Gender – Bodies – Feminine Hygiene Ads 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

There was a ban on advertising feminine hygiene products on U.S. television until 1972.


MEGAPOST: 1940s-1950s Sex Education

Disney ’46 The Story of Menstruation

The Story of Menstruation is a 1946 10-minute animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions in 1946.
It was commissioned by the International Cello-Cotton Company (now Kimberly-Clark) and was shown to approximately 105 million American students in health education classes.

It was one of the first commercially sponsored films to be distributed to high schools. It was distributed with a booklet for teachers and students called Very Personally Yours that featured advertising of the Kotex brand of products, and discouraged the use of tampons, where the market was dominated by the Tampax brand of rivals Procter & Gamble.

The Story of Menstruation is believed to be the first film to use the word vagina in its screenplay. Neither sexuality nor reproduction is mentioned in the film, and an emphasis on sanitation makes it, as Disney historian Jim Korkis has suggested: “a hygienic crisis rather than a maturation event.”


Hygiene in the Trenches – Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How to Really Win at War

Military historian Saul David talks to David Kenyon about hygiene in the trenches.


MEGAPOST: Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention and Sexual Health PSAs from Bedsider

Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention – Awkward Times :30

In the United States, fully 7 in 10 pregnancies among unmarried women age 18-29 are described by women themselves as unplanned – one of the highest levels in the developed world.

The consequences of unplanned pregnancy are significant, expensive, and affect not only the young adults themselves, but also their children and families. Consequences include: fewer opportunities for mothers to complete their education or achieve other life goals; more health risks; diminished likelihood of forming committed, mature relationships; lower likelihood of stable families; and a higher likelihood of poverty.

This campaign aims to reduce high rates of unplanned pregnancies among young women (18 -24), by encouraging them to find the best method of birth control for them, and use it more carefully and consistently.

The PSAs let women know there is a birth control method out there for them, and directs them to, a new comprehensive online and mobile program designed to make birth control easier. Bedsider includes easy ways to explore and compare various birth control methods, videos of real women describing their personal experiences with each method, and birth control and appointment reminders sent by text or email — everything women need to find the best birth control method, stay on it, and use it successfully.


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