the good, the bad, and the stupid

Good: The moisture-suckers were removed today, so our house is quiet again, and the cats are acting relatively normal. Also, tomorrow is Office Move Day, and since I won’t have anywhere to sit while my belongings are being transported from one building to another (just across the courtyard, it’s not going to change my daily commute or anything), I have permission to work from home. I get to stay in my pajamas all day, whee! And third, Dave’s company Christmas party is tomorrow night. I really like at least two or three of his co-workers’ wives, so I’m very much looking forward to that.

Bad: There is a commercial that I despise, and therefore I see it every time I turn on the television. It’s the new Tampax commercial that features a jingle about how, “it’s just an ordinary, ordinary day”, and it shows women – I swear to God I’m not making this up – operating a jackhammer, climbing off of a firetruck, and pitching a softball. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a feminist, and that I’m all in favor of women working in male-dominated fields. (Hello, I work with computers for a living, I am one of those women myself.) But seriously? I don’t know about y’all, but that would be anything but an ordinary day for me, period or no period. And why is it that in every commercial that has something to do with women’s menstrual cycles, there’s always at least one woman wearing tight-fitting white pants? In this case, it’s the aforementioned softball player. The commercial inspires really hateful thoughts in me, like, “yeah ok, lesbians have periods too, but do I need to be reminded of that while I’m trying to eat breakfast? I just want to know the damn weather forecast!” And that’s no way to start my morning. Also, before anyone goes jumping to any conclusions that I must be having my own period right now to be overreacting about a silly commercial: I’m not. This advertisement just makes me hate the world.

Stupid: I managed to slam my own hair in my car door this morning. I’m still not sure exactly how I managed to do that – I guess I was picking up my laptop bag at the same instant that I threw the door shut. But the door was locked, so I had to fumble with the keys to unlock it, open the door and get my hair out. And can I just say? OUCH. I realized right then that it probably didn’t bode well for the rest of my day. (Cue the jingle: “It’s just an ordinary daaaay…”) I can only hope that the security guys were watching the parking garage monitors at that exact moment, and that I gave them a good chuckle.

2 thoughts on “the good, the bad, and the stupid

  1. Wait, I don't get it. I haven't see the commerical. Are the menstruating softball players making out with each other? How do you know they're supposed to be lesbians?

    I personally dislike the feminine hygiene product commercial where the Good Woman in Tight White Pants throws her Handsome Man a surprise party and has to crouch behind the couch while a voice-over says that Kotex (or whatever) will "stop odor and leaks when you stand up after sitting!!!" I love the Vagina Monologues as much as the next girl, but still… TOO MUCH DESCRIPTION, THANK YOU. What's next? "Tampax presents… the first tampon that doesn't move when you sneeze!"

    On THAT note of TMI, I'm going to stop now.

  2. I don't think the women in the ad are actually supposed to be lesbians. I think they're just supposed to be strong, empowered women. But that's the kind of hateful thought process that the commercial inspires in my brain.

    Honestly, the ones I hate most are the ads for (I can't believe I'm about to type this word) Vagisil, for "feminine itch and odor." Everytime I see it, I end up screaming at the TV, "If you have those issues, go to a damn DOCTOR!!!"

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