To still be cross this morning about the load of cock rot advert from Boots I saw

(76 Posts)
Lililly Thu 07-Nov-13 09:20:47

I saw on the TV last night, an advert for some fanny spray for women to give confidence bla bla.. It was an advert in conjunction with Boots. This morning I am still so cross about it that I want to write some really offensive message on their face book wall, and tell them I am never going in there again.

I am quite new to telly so perhaps this is normal, but my 14yo daughter was watching with me. I dont want her to see things like that.

Do Boots think I will want to go shopping in their shops now I know they thing my vagina stinks?

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Thu 07-Nov-13 09:22:15

I cant get worked up about an advert.

pictish Thu 07-Nov-13 09:24:53

You're going to boycott Boots because they advertise fanny spray? Ok then. Have fun.

benid Thu 07-Nov-13 09:26:48

totally agree OP. Twats

SecretRed Thu 07-Nov-13 09:28:10

Some women do have extra smelly areas though don't they? Like some sweat more than most from their armpits and need special deodorant.

I don't think that boots are saying all women have smelly muffs and they can cure that are they?

specialsubject Thu 07-Nov-13 09:28:15

so tell your daughter that this stuff is unnecessary, and stop watching commercial TV. We have a recorder box (£100 or less) and never watch ads, you just record the programme and zap through the ads. Saves a lot of time too.

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Thu 07-Nov-13 09:31:03

Poundland also sell them you can get wipes, wash and fanjo deodrant. I think Asda and Tesco do as well. You won't have anywhere to shop grin

KungFuBustle Thu 07-Nov-13 09:31:20

They also think you're incontinent, have dandruff and nits OP. Bastards, selling products to people. This country's gone to the dogs smile

Lililly Thu 07-Nov-13 09:31:23

Of course I told her its all rubbish, I think that even if you did have a problem, it is not recommended to use these sort of products anyway.

Joysmum Thu 07-Nov-13 09:32:59

How can they think your fanny smells, they don't know you!

My daughter is only 11 and we are already very confident in discussing personal hygiene and body perception. I would be concerned for any child who's parents aren't or can't deal with something so trivial.

Lililly Thu 07-Nov-13 09:33:17

There is a difference between just selling the product, and producing an advert playing on/creating women's insecurities

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Thu 07-Nov-13 09:34:57

An advert to sell something just like every other product.

You aren't forced to purchase them. They can be so easily ignored.

pictish Thu 07-Nov-13 09:36:25

KungFu and they think you're ugly too - what with selling all that make up. The insulting bastards!

mrsjay Thu 07-Nov-13 09:37:02

me and the dds saw this advert the other night dd2 was like shock and dd1 said is that like fabreeze or something grin I howled at that fabreeze for fannys, OP your dd is 14 the advert was on after 9pm chill out, after the hilarity of the fabreeze I did say to them that their PH was probably fine and we dont need [vagisil] fanny spray

ihearsounds Thu 07-Nov-13 09:37:02

If the deodrant isn't advertised then how are people meant to know that it is available? Some females are very self conscious about smells. Some females that are incontinent are conscious that they smell of urine. Having a deodrant for their fannies gives some ladies more confidence do get out of the house and mingle with other people knowing they don't smell of piss.

SidandAndyssextoy Thu 07-Nov-13 09:38:40

OP, I sympathise. These products are pointless and are more likely to cause problems than anything else. Perfumed items, be it tampons, sprays, douches, can cause thrush and infection. No woman smells unpleasant unless she has a medical problem and we should encourage our daughters to believe this.

DownstairsMixUp Thu 07-Nov-13 09:39:26

I wouldn't complain about it... hmm as above, maybe some are incontinent and wear tenas etc they might be insecure about the smell, the products might be a bit of a boost for them?

SidandAndyssextoy Thu 07-Nov-13 09:39:50

If you are incontinent, surely better to remove any smell through washing?

timidviper Thu 07-Nov-13 09:40:04

Good Lord! If we are boycotting things that play on women's insecurities that's all magazines, many books, most clothing stores, cookbooks, most tv problems and on and on and on.

Good luck with your life as a hermit! grin

Lililly Thu 07-Nov-13 09:40:36

The aspect I object to is the aim to create a market - creating the problem that the products can then solve. This type of product is relatively new in the UK. Whereas in USA this sort of thing has been normalised so it is thought of as a bit dirty not to douche/ use sprays. As a result women use products unnecessarily which then cause lots of irritating problems like thrush and itching.

mrsjay Thu 07-Nov-13 09:41:46

these things have been about for years and years femfresh was on the go when i was a teenager and i am in my 40s

isitsnowingyet Thu 07-Nov-13 09:42:59

The OP's right - it's sexist shite. Do they have deodorant for men's dangling parts?? I didn't think so hmm

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Thu 07-Nov-13 09:44:40
purrtrillpadpadpad Thu 07-Nov-13 09:45:22

Op, there was a thread discussing this recently and the folk responding were a lot more receptive to the notion that feminine hygiene products aren't, for the vast majority of the population, a necessity. The thread produced several responders who claimed various feminine washes were essential for preventing thrush, which was discussed openly as well. The fact that there are no male hygiene products mass marketed to make men feel insecure about their mengardens (you know, as in, if you don't smell like artificial flora everywhere, you're Letting Yourself Down) was also discussed. It was a good thread. I think we can only start to deal with this issue for ourselves, for our daughters, and for our daughters daughters, by talking about it, by confronting manufacturers and retailers whenever they tell us our vag (collectively) stink.

So YANBU but I don't think you're getting the audience today for whatever reason.

IamInvisible Thu 07-Nov-13 09:45:34

I can't get worked up about adverts either.

If you boycott one shop because they sell product X, you'll more than likely find it in every other shop, tbh. I can't keep animals and grow vegetables to source my food so I am not going to start a campaign tbh.

Lots of companies produce products that people use unnecessarily, the thing is you do have a choice whether you buy it or not. No one is holding a gin to you head forcing you to hand over your money.

noblegiraffe Thu 07-Nov-13 09:45:38

How did the advert go? Did a woman get onto a bus with niffy bits with everyone sniffing and looking around for the culprit? With a voiceover "do you suffer from stinky minnie? Try new Vagbreze"
Then the woman roller-blading to work with flowers shooting out of her nethers?

HellonHeels Thu 07-Nov-13 09:45:57

Not intending to derail but what do you mean by "new to TV"?

Have you really not encountered telly before now? Even if you didn't have a TV, you are still exposed to advertising everywhere - in the media, in the cinema, on public transport, on roadside billboards. A lot of advertising is designed to play on people's insecurities. While I agree with you on the unnecessary nature of fanny deodorising products I think you'd do better to educate your DCs on the whole process of advertising and marketing, rather than just boycotting Boots.

BadLad Thu 07-Nov-13 09:47:36

Out of interest, what does being new to telly mean?

IamInvisible Thu 07-Nov-13 09:47:50

*a gun, not a gin!

purrtrillpadpadpad Thu 07-Nov-13 09:49:00

I'm perplexed by those sniffing haughtily and saying they can't get worked up by an advert. Hell, I can, if it tells my beautiful daughter that her vagina smells bad and she feels diminished as a result and goes out and buys something to fix it. Shit. I can get very worked up about that.

mrsjay Thu 07-Nov-13 09:49:22

I think she means femmine spray or wash or whatever it was If it is the same advert I saw it is a brand quite well known, I think we need to speak to our dds that this is a load of rubbish and they dont need to be spraying anywhere near there,

purrtrillpadpadpad Thu 07-Nov-13 09:49:39

Noblegiraffe A+! Fine work grin

mrsjay Thu 07-Nov-13 09:50:13

oh (noblegiraffe* you did make me grin

Lililly Thu 07-Nov-13 09:52:10

Hellonheels Badlad
I just got one the other day, after not having one for about 17 years. So I thought maybe I had just been sheltered from this sort of thing and it is perhaps thought of as normal now.

mrsjay Thu 07-Nov-13 09:53:47

oh just you wait until the durex tingle lube advert comes on

IamInvisible Thu 07-Nov-13 09:53:55

Who said it tells anyone their vagina smells bad?

What about women who do have problems with vaginal odours and products like this make their lives a little bit better, make it a bit easier at work because the person they sit next to can't smell them any more? Don't they matter?

mrsjay Thu 07-Nov-13 09:54:16

so this is your dds first TV then ?

Lililly Thu 07-Nov-13 09:54:18

Noblegiraffe Yes that's it!

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Thu 07-Nov-13 09:55:00

Mrs Oh yes, the late night lube ad! Playtime Tingle grin

ButThereAgain Thu 07-Nov-13 09:55:35

Completely agree with you, Lililly. These sorts of products start off as daft, marginal things that people laugh at because they know they don't need them, but within a generation they start to be seen as normal and necessary and their purchasers generate all sorts of retrospective false rationalisations of their existence -- see for example the false claims that removal of minge hair has a hygiene value. Before you know where you are they are seen as the march of progress rather than the march of commerce.

Howlsmovingcastle Thu 07-Nov-13 09:56:21

I agree with you op - they are creating insecurities so that they can sell their product. Rather like anti-aging creams but this goes a step further IMO.

Lililly Thu 07-Nov-13 09:58:09

mrsjay yes - But we have computers so the kids have seen most programmes on Iplayer.

fascinated by this durex ad. though it probably wont make me cross unless it starts... does your partner think your fanny is not as tingly as it once was?

purrtrillpadpadpad Thu 07-Nov-13 09:58:37

Very well put, ButThereAgain.

mrsjay Thu 07-Nov-13 09:58:40

we dont need anti wrinke cream girls don't need lucious london look lips we dont need most of what is advertised for women this is just another product that women can use, you know if they want too .

Tallaween Thu 07-Nov-13 10:00:10

Playtime Tingle sounds like some dirty distant relative of Mr Tumble.

Branleuse Thu 07-Nov-13 10:02:44

its for people with sweaty fannies. whats the big deal?.

When they sell normal deodorants, theyre not trying to insist that you personally stink. Theyre just trying to sell their products.

mrsjay Thu 07-Nov-13 10:04:45

Playtime Tingle sounds like some dirty distant relative of Mr Tumble

oh that is just wrong grin

"When a man you've never met bought gives you flowers...it's to hide the smell of your stench trench".

KungFuBustle Thu 07-Nov-13 10:15:28

I know Pictish. I personally think I look stunning (make up free and braless in my oldest t shirt) but now I've seen the advert....

THEY TOOK MY BRAIN!

Men's genitals can sometimes stink in the same way women's genitals can sometimes stink.

And yet somehow, there is no range of Men's Daily Pantyliners, Masculine Wash for "intimate hygiene" or penis freshener being widely advertised.

It's almost like we live in a society where different standards of hygiene and beauty are expected of women compared to men, because our primary function is to be appealing and decorative.

Go onto their FB page and ask them when they'll be launching their smelly knob deodorant.

Lililly Thu 07-Nov-13 10:21:12

Mitchell and Webb, adverts for women....and men

www.youtube.com/watch?v=85HT4Om6JT4

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Thu 07-Nov-13 10:22:05

I will start a range of penis cleaning products.

'Whiffy Stiffy' will be the name

LaRegina Thu 07-Nov-13 10:25:00

Can't get too worked up about an advert but - fanny spray? Really?

Just...^why^? confused

LaRegina Thu 07-Nov-13 10:25:51

And why didn't my ^ ^ work? confused confused

Viviennemary Thu 07-Nov-13 10:28:33

If you find the advert offensive then report them to the Advertising Standards Authority. You can do this by e-mail. I've done it a few times.

noblegiraffe Thu 07-Nov-13 10:36:20

I'm now picturing a Glade plug-in for intimate areas. Woman sniffs, frowns, then presses a button. Instant freshness.

Plug it in, plug it in.

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Thu 07-Nov-13 10:38:18

Noble Have you seen those cigs that when you click a button it turns to menthol?

Well imagine that idea on a tampon. Feel like you can smell your period? Click your tampon and instant puff of cinnamon

ButThereAgain Thu 07-Nov-13 10:41:26

I love that Mitchell and Webb link!grin

There is also their Toothbrush marketing sketch ("We may have run out of things we can tell them they need on their toothbrushshock"): www.youtube.com/watch?v=brU_Pp-20g0

noblegiraffe Thu 07-Nov-13 10:41:38

Is it a tampon, is it a fruit tea bag? It smells so delicious I can't decide!

Dahlen Thu 07-Nov-13 10:49:06

It's all about money. Women are much easier to convince than men when ti comes to spending money on making themselves more acceptable to society - that's because for millennia they have been marginalised in society, whereas men are society. It's a cultural psyche that is entrenched.

It's no accident that since women started making significant gains in equality that we've seen a rise in the same sort of marketing aimed at men. It is slower to catch on, but catch on it will. Eventually, products to fragrance men's intimate parts will become as commonplace as women's. But it will take longer because the cultural backdrop has, until recently, been that women should be grateful to receive any penis, no matter how unwashed. hmm

As soon as manufacturer's think they can sell enough hygiene products for men to rival women's, they will. Right now, they're entering the market with scents, moisturisers and razors. And the metrosexual male is on the rise. It's only a matter of time.

It's just a shame that "equality" will come to mean men being told their natural state is as inadequate as women's has been pretty much forever.

GideonKipper Thu 07-Nov-13 10:59:54

"WhiffyStiffy" grin God, the Lynx adverts are bad enough - imagine what they'd dream up for WhiffyStiffy!

As an aside, will anyone own up to having used this tingly lube thingy? <looks round> <whispers> Is it any good then?

RoxanneReidsChafingFishnets Thu 07-Nov-13 11:04:08

I tried it on my hand at a Ann Summers party. I also tried the heat one. Both I'm allergic to. My hand was covered in all kinds of lube.

Lililly Thu 07-Nov-13 11:06:14

stingily lube.
thats all i'm saying.

WallyBantersJunkBox Thu 07-Nov-13 11:12:50

Don't men just aim a directional flannel lathered in Radox at their twig and berries though? Followed by an affectionate pat down with a fluffy towel and a quick spray of Lynx down the pants?

It's almost a sealed unit for blokes, so no risk of irritation. I'd have thought they could've used a dab of Cif without much disruption.

mrsjay Thu 07-Nov-13 11:16:53

I'm now picturing a Glade plug-in for intimate areas. Woman sniffs, frowns, then presses a button. Instant freshness

Oh it would skoosh though you would need to make it silent we cant have awkward skooshes now can we

mrsjay Thu 07-Nov-13 11:19:35

dahlen i agree with you on the advertising even on the male grooming adverts they tell men they only need one product and not all that faffy stuff women use it is all about revitalising and refreshing and on the go, it really does get on my wick

SoleSorceress Thu 07-Nov-13 11:20:13

I have no insecurities about my personal hygiene. Worry about yourself!

purrtrillpadpadpad Thu 07-Nov-13 11:30:08

Noble, seriously, you're killing me here!

WallyBantersJunkBox Thu 07-Nov-13 11:40:37

They should advertise it truthfully for their real target market -

Out for a few after work drinks in the City last night?

Get rat arsed and uppity complaining about your crap boss?

End up in a tacky nightclub with the IT department at 3am, even though you were only going out for one?

Woke up on the nightbus/in the bed of the IT temp at 8am with a raging hangover?

No time to splash a bit of water on your Fanjo before heading back to work?

Don't want anyone to know you've been a filthy stop out who can't even manage a wash for work?

Find us next to the cheap toothbrush and toothpaste/make up wipes/emergency knickers aisle....

Tallaween Thu 07-Nov-13 11:47:12

Proof men sometimes try to prettify their danglies

I do enjoy amazon customer reviews

Tee2072 Thu 07-Nov-13 11:47:42

"Whereas in USA this sort of thing has been normalised so it is thought of as a bit dirty not to douche/ use sprays."

Bullshit. I'm American. I have many American friends. We are all smart enough to know it's bullshit.

Why assume women here aren't? Or perhaps you're afraid you smell?

MabelSideswipe Thu 07-Nov-13 11:58:58

We have used that tingle lube stuff. DH likes it because it makes him harder for longer by dulling sensitivity - I suspect that is what it is really for but they don't want to say that in the advert. It feels ok internally but if it gets on the outside of me it also dulls sensitivity which can be a bit annoying. It feels a bit like a much much milder Ralgex or deep heat.

MoldieOldNaiceHam Thu 07-Nov-13 14:53:51

Of course ynbu to think the marketing of this stuff isn't pernicious and a worrying trend.

Normal vaginas do not smell bad. If your vage stinks you need to go to the doctor and get some anti-fungals/antibiotics and have the problem fixed. Squirting a bit of perfumed alcohol and water on your bits is just silly and another marketing con.

I haven't seen the Boots ad so I don't know how bad it was. They have a history of grim ads though. Especially the headache tablets so you don't have an excuse not to have sex one hmm

kali110 Thu 07-Nov-13 15:33:50

If they dont advertise then people dont people dont know they exist. Some people do have problem with odours so use these products to boost their confidence.

MoldieOldNaiceHam Thu 07-Nov-13 16:03:48

If you have an odour problem you need a doctor.

Normal vulvas do NOT smell.

SaucyJack Thu 07-Nov-13 16:05:50

Just be grateful the ad wasn't on one of Tesco's new targeted ad thingies.

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