I was going to talk about supermarket
rudeness this month, but then I saw a commercial that
pushed me over the edge. I think this topic needs to be
addressed because it really is going too far. So my rant
for April is on the "Women's Health Movement".
No, I am not against women's health, especially being a
woman myself and all. What I have a problem with is that
we now feel complelled to shove our little afflictions
down each other's throats.
It seems that I can't watch five
minutes of television without seeing a commerical for
something that promotes perimenopausal health or breast
health or menstrual health. There are supplements,
suppositories, applicators, pads, douches, pills, drugs,
programs, systems, screenings, campaigns, etc... I
thought that the "health industry" had pretty
much covered it all. Then last night, a commercial for
"Harmony" appears before my eyes.
"Harmony" is a breakfast cereal. In fact, it's
a breakfast cereal for women. No, I am not joking,
although I wish I was.
I sat there watching this commercial wondering what this
world has come to. The Women's Movement in general has
really gotten out of hand, but now we are making a
mockery of ourselves with all of these products geared
toward "ladies problems". I don't know what
this cereal is supposed to do for women's health that any
other cereal does not, but is this really necessary? What
if a man ate the cereal by accident? Would he grow
breasts and get "hippy"? Why isn't there a
breakfast cereal for men? Aren't we leaving them out of
the health loop?
I know that menopause is a serious time in a woman's
life. I am pleased that, in recent years, we have made
strides in assuring that menopause doesn't have to be a horrid event.
That's wonderful. But do we need to make a mockery of
ourselves with things like the commercial for
"RemiFemin"? Have you all seen this? We are
pummeled with women of various age, leading "healthy
and fulfilling" lifestyles, which I guess means that
they play tennis, walk dogs and ride horses a lot. These
women stop in the middle of what they are doing to
declare to the conveniently passing camera that "I'm
a RemiFeminist!!". Well, good for you, sister.
It's not that I am sorry that there is awareness in
regard to breast cancer, menopause, PMS, PMDD (which I
still think is a fancy version of PMS), yeast infections,
menstruation and whatnot. I am pleased that these topics
aren't taboo any longer. It's time we were realistic. But
there is a not-so-fine line between reality and
Excuse my while I eat my special cereal, apply my special
creams and go take my extra special vitamins.