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How a Simple Paper Funnel Is Making Indian Toilets Safer for Women

The “Pee Buddy” sounds a bit silly, but it just might be a major milestone in female hygiene across India.

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“When you’ve gotta go,” says that old adage, “you’ve gotta go.” But for millions of women across India, “going” is not quite as easy a proposition as it is for that country’s men. When it comes to restrooms in the capital city of Delhi, for example, there is a reported 10 to 1 ratio in favor of men’s public toilets, making it excessively difficult for many women to answer nature when it calls. What’s more, many of the women’s toilets are dirty, poorly maintained, and decidedly unhygienic, which presents a particular problem for anyone unable to stand while peeing. Often, women are faced with the choice of using unsanitary facilities and assuming the health risks thereof, or simply holding it in until they find a clean lady’s room, an option that can take considerable time to pan out, and lead to bladder infections and UTIs.

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Scientists Use Glow-in-the-Dark Tampons to Detect Polluted Rivers

The absorbent devices light up like glowsticks when treated with synthetic chemicals.

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Turns out tampons can absorb so much more than just your period blood. Scientists in England have instead been using them to sop up the pollution being leaked into our rivers. In findings published in the Water and Environment Journal, the researchers used 16 tampons to detect the presence of optical brighteners, synthetic chemicals used in laundry detergents and on white and bright textiles, in water. When the scientists shined a UV light on the tampons, nine of them lit up like glowsticks at an EDM concert, indicating that the rivers were polluted with these chemicals.

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Summer's Eve: The Douche Company That Won't Say "Douche" Why Won't Summer's Eve Say "Douche"?

Summer's Eve's new marketing blitz is obsessed with "vagina." But another dirty word is conspicuously absent from its campaign: "Douche."



Vaginal cleansing company Summer's Eve is dedicated to promoting the genital area for which its products are designed. Last week, the company launched a new marketing campaign centered on "the power of the V." Now, Summer's Eve markets its own "Vagina Owner's Manual." It suggests replacing the term "That's Awesome" with "That's Vaginal." It invites women to pinpoint the vagina on a genital map. It imagines what black, Latina, and white vaginas would say if they could talk. In spots aired before the latest Harry Potter film, it situates the vagina as the inspiration for all history's wars. Its online "Vaglossary" demystifies vagina-related terms like "camel toe," "crowning," and "bidet."

But one word is conspicuously absent from Summer's Eve's new marketing blitz: "Douche."

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