Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Contraceptives and Hygiene Get Hilarious.

Female hygiene @ Rollinthehay.blogspot.comApparently, many decades ago, women used to use Lysol as a feminine hygiene product and contraceptive.

Holy crap.

Now, look, I understand the whole idea that the 50's weren't the most sexually and medically enlightened period, but, I mean, seriously???  Lysol was used for that?  I mean, I would guess that modern Lysol is stronger and not the same formula as it was back then (I'm guessing), but even knowing that, I can not wrap my mind around such a thing.  Who sees a can of Lysol and thinks, hey, that'd be great for cleaning my hoo-hah and preventing pregnancy?

It turns out that once upon a time, it was marketed as a feminine hygiene product.  Of course, now it is used for household cleaning and we know that it should never be used as a hygiene or contraceptive product.  EVER.

This shocking knowledge came from reading the post Squeaky Clean Restores Marital Harmony: Say What? over at Bombshells and Rockstars (they have excellent toy reviews, by the way).  They even posted a graphic of an advertisement from that era that says, among other hilariously sad things, that a woman should question her hygiene if her husband's love for her begins to cool.  Oh, 1950's, you so crazy.  I mean, it's bad enough that it was used as a contraceptive, but advising women to douche regularly?  Ha!

But maybe we aren't as enlightened as we'd like to think.  A few weeks ago, I saw on a sex and health forum that I haunt that some people were still curious about douches.  I told this to Husband, who immediately said, "Wait, aren't those bad for you?"

All this led me over to a Chicago Tribune article entitled, 10 Things You Might Not Know About Contraceptives.  A fantastic, sad, and hilarious read.  My favorite is number seven, which said that women in the middle ages were advised to spit three times into the mouth of a frog to avoid pregnancy.  Oh, middle ages, you also so crazy.


  1. Yeah it is kind of sick looking back on it now... but can you imagine what your great-great-great grandkids are going to think about the way we live now? I find it hilarious when people boast that we live in the "enlightened" age.

    Yeah. No.

    I might be a hopeful optimist but when it comes to the stupidity of the modern human? I'm the greatest cynic and pessimist.

  2. Future generations will always consider past ones unintelligent and unenlightened. Present generations will always consider the next generation morally bankrupt. It's been that way forever.