Despite the uniqueness of every single woman around the world one common experience that we all share is our menstrual cycle, or as popularly known our “period.” From the beginning of time, we women have been dealing with our cycles and for the most part, have been managing. However, despite the fact that half of the world’s population experiences their period, there have still been very little advancements in technology when concerning how to manage a woman’s period and women’s health in general. Though, no need to fret there has been a new creation for every woman out there experiencing that dreaded time of the month.
Coming in like a knight in shining armor is a new product called “Mensez: Menstrual Lipstick.” Now as flabbergasted as you might be by the name alone there’s still more. This new product was created by Daniel Dopps, a chiropractor from Wichita, Kansas. This product first became popular for this widely-shared post on Facebook and it quickly took off, garnering questions, criticism, and many jokes. His LinkedIn profile, where he has designated himself the CEO and President of Mensez Technologies, continues to elaborate on his product where he says: “Mensez feminine lipstick is a natural patented compound of amino acids and oil in a lipstick applicator that is applied to the labia minora and causes them to cling together in a manner strong enough to retain menstrual fluid in the vestibule above the labia minora where the vaginal opening and urethra exit. The Mensez compound is instantly washed away with urine, which releases the menstrual fluid along with the urine into the toilet every time a woman urinates. No pads or tampons are needed. Safe, secure and clean.” Now even though you might feel that this product is very strange, you are not alone. In an article from Forbes Dopps himself says that “it seems really strange” when regarding his product.
Ever since the appearance of this product, there have been many questions. Many of the questions that have been popping up on the Mensez Facebook page go along the lines of: How is this compound blood and sweat proof, but somehow dissolved by ammonia in the urine? Can users be sure that the urine will fully dissolve the seal? What about the risk of infection from retained menstrual fluids? Does this man know the difference between a urethra and a vagina? Since Dopps is a straight white male many people have been accusing him of being a misogynist. In response to a comment posted on the product’s Facebook page, Dopps replied: “You as a woman should have come up with a better solution than diapers and plugs, but you didn’t. Reason being women are focused on and distracted by your period 25% of the time, making them far less productive than they could be. Women tend to be far more creative than men, but their periods that stifle them and play with their heads.” Personally, this comment angers me greatly. To me, it seems as if this man has never had a biology class and doesn’t understand the female body. What’s even worse is the fact that he is a man who has never experienced a period, yet he feels like he is entitled to fix this “problem for women since we can’t seem to fix it ourselves.” He doesn’t seem to understand that the lack of technological advancements for women’s health goes beyond the fact that “we’ve given up and don’t try.” The lack of new technologies delves deeper into the issues of oppression of women in our society, and he just seems incapable of understanding that. Despite all this, the product had already acquired a patent. Now, all we can do is just sit back and see how this product progresses.