Talking Vaginas and Other Low Points in the History of Douche

Anybody happen to get a load of the new Summer's Eve 'Hail

to the V' advertisements for their brand of feminine hygiene products (video below)? Complete with talking vaginas with racially stereotypical voiceovers? Yikes.

Way to make the ladies hail to the V, Summer's


Offending the African

American and Hispanic communities is just another sore spot in the history of

the douche. We've compiled other low points in

douche's sad, sad history.

5. Other Inappropriate Advertisements

Believe it or not, Summer's Eve's recent foray into racial

stereotypes isn't the first time the company has found itself in hot water over

it's advertising. Last year they caught flack for a magazine advertisement masquerading as a list of 'helpful tips' on asking for a raise at work. First

and foremost was using Summer's Eve Feminine Wash followed by eating breakfast,

arriving to work on time and not letting your mean old boss bully you and your

fresh vagina out of that raise.

To be fair, Summer's Eve was courting the all

important 'Female Professional Smart Enough to Hold a Successful Job but Not

Smart Enough to Know How to Ask For a Raise, Eat Properly, or Clean Themselves'


4. The Lysol Douche

Yes, everyone's favorite slightly toxic lemon scented

disinfectant was at one time our country's most popular douching formula.

Beginning at the tail end of the roaring '20s, Lysol was proclaimed to help

'marital bliss' by preventing odors and infections. From 1930 to 1960, douching

with Lysol was the number one form of birth control in America (and people

wonder how the Baby Boom started). The American Medical Association found the

claim of Lysol douching being an effective contraceptive false, and Lysol was

castigated to household cleaning purgatory.

3. Martin Lawrence's SNL Monologue

In a rarely seen banned clip from Saturday Night Live,

Martin Lawrence decided to go off script in his 1993 monologue, instead choosing

to lament what he viewed as a failure by the women he knew to properly clean


Beyond proving that Mister Lawrence had a tenuous at best grasp on the

chemistry behind breath mints, the vulgar monologue made Lawrence persona-non-grata on SNL and forced douching to forever be linked to the Wild Hogs star.

Everyone suffered as a result of Martin's douching rant. Even that evening's

musical guests Crash Test Dummies fell off the radar after the show, certainly

a result of Lawrence's ill-thought-out rant.

2. Douche as a Pejorative

At some point in the English language's recent history, the

word 'douche' has been appropriated from hygienic product to catch-all, easy

insult. Who among us hasn't called someone a douche, be it face to face,

texted, or on the safe confines of the Internet? Arguably, the use of 'douche' as an insult is inherently

sexist and denigrates the female reproductive system as grotesque. On the other

hand, can you think of a more appropriate way to describe the cast of


1. Douching: Unhealthy?

However, the most damning contributor to douching's bad PR

is the cut and dried fact that many studies have revealed that under many

circumstances, using a douche actually puts a woman's vagina at risk. Unless

prescribed by the doctor, use of commercial douches may lead to vaginal

infections, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, and premature delivery.

So no matter

how much their advertising may speak to your particular ethnic background, just

say no to the douche. Unless you want to bang Martin Lawrence, then you're

going to want to rush to CVS for the Summer's Eve (and some Tic-Tacs).

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