The title of this post (and the image at left) is a Childcraft classic whose influence has been tragically overlooked on modern American historiography!
Have you ever seen those nasty trucknutz that some d00ds hang underneath their trailer hitches? Yes, that’s right: some men believe that the smelliest and most unattractive of their body parts are so awesome that they hang replicas of them outside of their cars and trucks!
So here’s what I’ve been thinking, after writing a blog post that I claimed was smeared with menstrual blood and would pollute everyone who clicked on it: what if women started putting irregular smears of red paint right underneath the license plates on their cars? Because I’m thinking that if men menstruated, it would be something they would shove in our faces the way some of them use trucknutz to brag about their nasty, smelly balls. They don’t bind their balls up with tape, or squeeze-n-hop into something like Spanx every morning to pass as a body without balls. But because women menstruate instead, menstrual blood is viewed as utter pollution, something scrupulously to be denied. As Sharra L. Vostral’s Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology (2008) has argued, women are induced to pass as non-menstruating bodies. The entire modern sanitary napkin and tampon industry was built around concealing menstruation and making sure it’s utterly invisible to anyone.
Balls to that! Smear away, ladies.
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