November 2, 2005

Why Oh Why? Oh My.

Why oh why do I surf the internet?
Why oh why do I click those links?

Is it purely curiosity?
Sometimes.

It usually starts out innocently and then wham! My clicking exposes me to things to which I did not need exposure.

No, I'm not talking about p0rn. I think even my mother is savvy enough to avoid that unless she's actively seeking it. (Oh. Nice. My mother seeking p0rn. How's that for a thought that should never have been thunk? I need to go wash my hands or something.)

I'm talking about links such as this one to a product innocuously named The Keeper.

Please. Click the link. Read all about The Keeper. Digest the information. Imagine The Keeper as part of your own life.

Please. I need to know.
Come back and leave a comment.
Just a yes or no will do.

Would you?
Could you?
Do you?

Go Anonymous if you must.
I'll understand.

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40 comments:

Sass said...

Too gross for words! No! Absolutely not! Never!

Sassie
(http://journals.aol.co.uk/mailtherector/Faithandthechurch/)

Please, someone teach me how to do linky things!

Anonymous said...

No, no, no, no, no.

chapin said...

Yikes...who comes up with this stuff? That is way more than I ever wanted to know.

Cris said...

i try to be ecologically aware....but this is just WRONG, Wrong, wrong!
i have heard of such things for a long time, but never actually seen one.
YUCK!

NO!, NEVER!, ewwwwwww

Jennifer said...

Oh, that is just wrong. On so many levels. And? Not something I'm glad I saw first thing this morning...

Steph said...

Thanks for the laugh -- especially about having to wash your hands ... creepy!

ANYway, I share your questions and concerns about the addictiveness of link-clicking. So yes, I had actually heard of the Keeper.

Ya want more creepy-factor? I "discovered" it through one of those "Oh-curses-why-didn't-I-just-get-off-the-computer-and-do-work-when-I-was-supposed-to-rather-than-subject-my-eyeballs-to-this" one-too-many link-clicks. On what, perchance, had I clicked?

Some blog where people were discussing the Keeper, swapping tips and tricks for using it, and comparing it to other similar sorts of products.

But, have I learned my lesson? Of course not. Wanting to discover the name of one of the "similar sorts of products" I did a blog search to see if I could chase down the previously referring blog. The first result is for a LiveJournal community called Menstrual Cup Support. So what do I do?

I CLICKED THROUGH!!! When will I ever learn. If you ever want to know all the specifics of someone's experience with these (someone, I might add, who had concerns because she was "a virgin and had doubts about something that big going up there"), by all means check out the posting from May 5. And no, for the record, I did NOT click through the archives to find this one --- it was the entry linked.

Oh, and to subject you all to the same "You-know-you-don't-wanna-click-here-but-you're-going-to-anyway-because-you-just-can't-stop-yourself" ... the other item was the Diva Cup.

And just so you all know, God is officially smite-ithing me for that last link. Because I was so foolish to go BACK to that livejournal community, except this time I accidentally clicked on the homepage instead of that post. And, I gotta tell you, the second paragraph of the October 27th post by Lollypop81 was enough to give me nightmares for a week -- so much so that I can't even bring myself to copy and paste here (although I WILL mention that it also brings in the creepiness of mom-porn).

And what do I do? I CONTINUE TO SCROLL DOWN!!!!! It's like a terrible car wreck. I just can't take my eyes off of it! Of course, it doesn't help that there are lines like "I can find my v___a if i feel around, but with the divacup, i can't seem to find it. like, i literally cannot find the hole. I did find it once, but" and "it's like a happy period dream---and I get such a kick out of seeing/experiencing my blood as real blood, not just soaked into cotton!"

PLEASE GOD MAKE IT STOP!!!!! I'LL DO ANYTHING, I SWEAR -- I'LL EVEN BECOME A NUN IF YOU JUST ... oh, wait, I guess I can't use that one anymore!

Deepest apologies for turning a comment into a whole post, and I'm torn about cross-posting it onto mine but I'm not sure how it would go over with everyone. I mean, I'm all about breaking nun-stereotypes, but this might be too much. Maybe I'll just give you a link.

Anyway, thanks for ruining my morning -- and, most likely, the rest of my week, too. Maybe if I scrub my eyes out with soap ....

Steph said...

FYI ... I just submitted this for Phantom Scribbler's Wednesday Whine.

J said...

Ah. No. No can do. Nope. No way. Icky yucky gross. Though I do have a good friend who swears by it. I think she's nuts.

Steph said...

ReverendMommy also shared her experience of one-click-too-many here. Check it out ....

Joelle said...

I think not. Puh. Thanks though, for the chuckle...

Anonymous said...

something better: mooncup

Eyes said...

Yiy, yiy, yiy...

I think the idea is good, but I'll pass. It looks a LOT less convenient and does not sound comfortable.

HOW DO YOU FIND THESE ADS? I have all of mine blocked. Thankfully :)

Lady K said...

I've seen those before.
I actually tried one of the disposable version (I forget what it is called), but they are tricky to use and I have no plan to ever use them again.
This is right up there with the cloth, reusable maxi-pads and natural sea sponge tampons (you can find ads for those in the back of Bust magazine).
Fine for some, not for me.

jen said...

ummm, no! Interesting, but no!

Kim Carney said...

No No No - that is just wrong. There have got to be more, better, less invasive ways of saving the environment than putting a inverted rubber nipple up there to collect %$#^&&**. NO. Someone needs to email them and say BAD IDEA.

Kim Carney said...

And no to the Mooncup too!

Anonymous said...

As someone who stumbled through from Phantom Scribbler's Wednesday Whine....

I've used the Keeper. No, really. And it's odd, but really not much different from a tampon. Except I find tampons painful - not the Keeper.

So, while surprising (I admit my first reaction on hearing about the Keeper was one of surprise and "What the heck do I think about this??") it's really a pretty neat thing. And useful. And not that gross - I swear.

Ah well.

WordsRock said...

OMG Steph, that LiveJournal site made me laugh out loud, squirm and cringe all at the same time. It seems The Keeper and other products like it have quite the following.

Ah, to each their own.

Suzanne

C said...

Um, not need to be anonymous here...
NO F-EN WAY!!!

give me my tampons, let me in peace.
that's just so gross.

Rich | Championable said...

So, I come back to this blog for the first time in a while, and this is the current post. Holy smokes.

I'm going to throw away all of my computers now.

:-)

Gina said...

I think the idea is interesting, but I don't think I would use this particular product. How could you pull it out without spilling everything? That's what I want to know.

Gena said...

The point of being a lesbian is that you don't have to stick a cup up your coochie. Count me out.

Pam said...

I was going to mention the Mooncup but somebody beat me to it. Apparently they have all these womene swearing by it. I say life is too short to be messing around with that kind of things. Ick.

weese said...

interesting name - I wonder what sort of a marketing brainstorm session that was.
oh.. and
-no

Princess Wild Cow said...

The fact that I had a hysterectomy turns out to be a blessing in so many ways!

Reesh said...

I have the keeper and I think it's great! Seriuosly! It's not as messy at it seems, I mean obviously you have to be willing to touch your own blood, but it's not really that bad. I also think it's a hell of a lot better than sticking bleached cotton tampons anywhere near my lovely vagina. I also use the re-usable 100% organic cotton pads and I swear by them as well.

Katie (WannaBeMom) said...

I use it. I love it. I couldn't live without it. I might post more about this in the future. But seriously, the Keeper is one of my favorite things EVER! It's not nearly as messy as some of these commenters think.

ellipsis... said...

One word: eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww

That Girl said...

I never heard of such a thing but i might try it one day. What I dont understand is all the disgust about menstrual blood.
Isnt the disgust all part of that ashamed-to-be-a-woman stuff?
I would tell a man who found a natural biological process gross to grow up but I dont know what to say about women who find themselves gross.

Bad Alice said...

Ewwwww. I've heard of these before, and I'm trying to imagine negotiating with one in a public restroom (imagine a Port-a-potty). Feces, menstrual blood, and vomit are a part of life, but I don't feel like I need to grow up because I find them distasteful. They have their purpose, and so it goes.

Marie said...

I love you dear internet for all the non-sensical things that I learn via a single click.
And no, I would not use that thing. It looks kinda like a toilet plunger.

Trish said...

Ew. Just... ew.

Bayou said...

I think I would have rather clicked on porn!

I don't want any object in my possession that says "you may use your own sterile urine to wash it."

Anonymous said...

Okay. No to the "Keeper," but yes to http://www.softcup.com/.

It is better than anything else I've ever used.

I'm anonymous, but a regular reader. ;)

Happy Mama to Three said...

It must just be me, but doesn't this look very much like this. Or perhaps a little rubber penis cap, I mean that looks like the ultimate in birth control. Okay sorry maybe it's just me. And obviously I clicked.

Cindi

ocB said...

wow, thats just...special! lol

Marisa said...

I do believe my sister used to use one of these. Until the day that the dog she was housesitting for dug it (it was clean) out of her backpack and chewed it up. Not appealing.

The Lioness said...

I would actually use one if they wer to be found in Portugal. I don't do well w tampons and the pads - well, messy and smelly and blah. So yes, I WOULD! And besides, it does allow you to estimate how much blood you're losing (in my case that's important) and it's far more sanitary than I expected. Frankly, I don't see much of a difference btwn these things and tampons, except that they may be more comfortable. Women I know who use them say they are.

mermaidgrrrl said...

I am one of those women you are all horrified at - A SEA SPONGE USER! Bwah ha ha ha ha! And one day us sponge users will TAKE OVER THE WORLD!
I find all the horror at menstrual blood a little odd. Don't we all bleed until menopause? What's the big deal? If most of us are dykes that are commenting, why are we squeamish about women's bodies?

BTW - they say to attatch dental floss as a string for the sea sponge, but guess what? I just use my fingers! Bwah ha ha ha ha!

Anonymous said...

haaaaaaa! no I dont think i would- i still get a little freaked by tampons! fair play to those who can. i bet its....an experience!