Got a comment this morning with a little bit about how douchebag is not a term the commenter has ever heard a woman use, only men, and that it is an anti-woman term.
OMG, y’all, I could not disagree more!
And my reasoning is even related to body politics though not specifically fat. *grin* I’m so excited to get to explicate this.
A douche is a device that, in theory, cleanses a woman’s vagina via a nozzle that is inserted. The douche bag portion of this program holds whatever liquid is being used, whether it is water or some water/vinegar/perfume mix or, historically, an antiseptic like Lysol.
But what a douche really does is wash away the natural secretions of the vagina and totally fuck up the ph of, if you’ll excuse the term, your pussy. The vagina has a self-cleaning process and messing with that opens you up (no pun intended) to everything from yeast infections to bacterial vaginosis.
The “benefit” of using a douche product regularly is that you can perfume the general area and, during your period, prevent a certain amount of the mess that happens if you’re going for some penetrative action.
I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather just clean up than risk bacterial infection. Because omg, no, thank you no.
So, douches are bad for you. Douches themselves are cloaked in this concept of health but are, in reality, kind of dangerous.
And that’s why, as a general rule, it strikes me as a feminist term when used as an insult or warning.
I don’t call people bitches. That is an anti-woman term in my opinion. I don’t call people pussies or cunts or any other common term based on women’s genitals. Because there’s nothing inherently bad about genitals, yo.
But I will surely use “douchebag” if there is something going down that purports to be harmless or even good for you and is instead, in fact, kind of dangerous.
As a final note, while there are always exceptions, I’d just like to say: Let’s keep douchebags away from our vaginas, in every sense of the word.
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