I can see where Richard Neill is coming from. Tampon and maxi-pad ads are really confusing. The poor British guy wrote on a feminine product brand's Facebook page lamenting the fact that it is because of ads like theirs that he has thought that a woman's time of the month was filled with super fun stuff like yoga lessons, bike riding, and rock climbing. It wasn't until he was an adult, and had a girlfriend, that he realized that the commericals were lies, all lies!, he says.
I feel you, Richard. It's not fair that some TV commercials make it look like getting your period is all fun and games in white pants. They're doing us a disservice. All of us!
Because if Richard grew up thinking that Aunt Flo's visit meant it was time to break out the ivory leotards and have some awesome fun with your smiling friends, I'm sure there are thousands, nay billions of men out there who were also misled.
And these misinformed men later became baffled boyfriends and husbands who were flabbergasted by the reality of their lady love's cramping, fatigue, and irritability. I SAID IRRITIABILITY, GODDAMNIT. AREN'T YOU LISTENING?!
Where are the unitards? They must have wondered, in silence, as they drove to the drug store for pain meds. And the holding hands, spinning in the fields of sunflowers? And the synchronized swimming? I'm sure these dudes were confused as fuck. And now, who's paying the price?
We are. Our relationships. Our relationships are failing because men thought 3-5 days of their month with us was going to be all rainbows and puppies and stretching.
As Richard put it, a woman's period wasn't as fun as promised. "There was no joy, no extreme sports, no blue water spilling over wings and no rocking soundtrack."
No, I bet there wasn't, Richard. But don't hold that against your lady. Point your angry finger of blame at the tampon and pad ads that have lied to you. Don't let your relationship suffer because of some crazy untruths. Stay strong. Stay vigilant. And most of all, stay away from suggesting that GroupOn you bought for a Vinyasa class.
Does your significant other complain that your period takes a toll on your relationship, month after non-blissful month?
by Diatech12October 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM
Um no he does not. He calls it blow job week lol!
But seriously, my husband is not a douch about periods, tampons, pads or going down that isle. Hes not a child.
October 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM
I was on Mirena up until a few months ago. No period until it was removed. This past couple months have been interesting for him.
October 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM
No, he's wonderful about it. But, when we first got together, he wanted to have sex during my cycles, thought it wouldn't be a big deal. Like, he literally thought some would pour out like the blue liquid, then we'd have a while before the next "leaking." Or something. I guess he never thought it through. LOL
by DuchessScratOctober 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM
No he doesn't complain. My DH is from a house full of women. I keep myself very clean and it's not a problem. He is excited that my periods should lighten up or stop once I get the Mirena put in though.
by AnonymousOctober 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM
He did once. I can guarantee you he will never ever ever ever be that stupid again....
by AnonymousOctober 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM
lol that's funny. No it doesn't affect our relationship in the slightest. I'm always neurotic and crazy, so he is used to it. If anything I am just more sensitive when PMSing. He also will buy me tampons and doesn't get grossed out by the whole routine. He was raised by his single mother and his sister. So he is used to periods and PMS.
October 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM
I should add that mine doesn't complain or get grossed out, but he had never known how awful it could be. TMI ALERT. Read no further if you are sensitive to icky stuff.
He was also afraid to have period sex at first, but got over that. You never notice in the shower.
by jynkxOctober 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM
no, in 19 years he has never acted childish because im on my period. he understands thats just how women are.
October 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM
my honey was not mis-informed, but he was raised by all women too