Let’s have a moment of honesty here; the “feminine hygiene” aisle can be daunting even for those of us who own menstruating uteruses. Uteri? What’s the correct plural of uterus, anyway?
The sheer number of options is mind boggling. At most stores you can choose pads, tampons or menstrual cups – and then from each of those three categories you have a ton of options. The end result is a sheer wall of menstrual possibilities that leaves even the most experienced of us occasionally overwhelmed.
Knowing how confusing all the options can be for people who menstruate, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise when someone who doesn’t menstruate is left hopelessly lost. In fact, very few of us are actually shocked.
But every now and then, someone is so lost in the tampon-topia that they ask the sort of question that just makes you give a stunned slow blink like:
Enter Lewis, Brogan Paget’s boyfriend. Like many a good and wonderful partner before him, he made a run to the store to get some tampons when his partner needed them. Thing is, he wasn’t sure exactly what kind she needed.
Again, not unusual.
Tampons come with different absorbencies, sizes, packaging, even scents – so those questions make sense to ask. They even make sense to ask a little awkwardly.
But in this case…poor Lewis was confronted with packaging that he interpreted as “lemon” and “lime” and asked Brogan which she wanted.
when u ask ur boyfriend to buy u tampons pic.twitter.com/FmcKUGGkrG
— Brogan (@broganpaget) August 25, 2019
Hopefully Lewis was just using a cheeky funny way of clarifying some seriously confusing tampon options – but Twitter isn’t so sure.
lmfao THIS IS A REAL QUESTION THOUGH!
— MKHL (@ScrapeLordMK) August 25, 2019
Did he really think it was flavors? Honestly or? 😂
— Abdul-Aleem 🤠 (@Aleem094) August 25, 2019
And that sparked a pretty legitimate conversation about how confusing tampons can really be.
We thank you for your service!! *Salute*
— Sub Rosa (@SubRosaArcane) August 26, 2019
yeah i learned that it was in reference to the amount of blood when my girl was dying laughing so hard she forgot she had cramps
— MKHL (@ScrapeLordMK) August 26, 2019
Wait so these are not flavors? 🙄 jesus christ this is confusing 😂
— Dilpa Sirimanna (@SirimannaDilpa) August 26, 2019
This post saved allows me to dodge a future bullet. I didn’t even know those were types.
— Liam Hoffman (@LiamHoffman4) August 26, 2019
What is the difference cos I thought they were lemon and lime at first😂
— Kyle Fleming (@kylefleminggg) August 25, 2019
Showed my bf this and he says “wait, are there really different flavors?!” 😂
— suzanne bevis (@Suzanne0711) August 25, 2019
The funny thing is that this is supposed to “make fun of” men, and I didn’t even understand the difference until I read the replies (I don’t use tampons)
— Belinda^^ (@LiBP133) August 26, 2019
But overall, people are big fans of Lewis. Whether he was joking or not didn’t matter in the end, because at least he was willing to go when so many men absolutely aren’t.
Any man that will go and get you tampons is truly a badass
— MrsBliss (@MrsBliss7) August 26, 2019
BOTTOM LINE!!! The rest is just friendly humor
— Patricia Grace (@Patreesh777) August 26, 2019
This could be considered progress. I was expecting the joke to be "AAAA, no way, I am a man and I cannot possibly buy a women's product because I have a penis!" This guy is helpful and asking a serious question.
— 𝑇𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑣𝑒 𝐵𝑎𝑑𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑆𝑢𝑖𝑡 (@12BadgerInASuit) August 26, 2019
☘️Give that man a round of applause for getting your tampons!Any man who is willing to go and get some “ girlish goodies” for his lady is a keeper! ☘️
— Beth Allgeier (@AllgeierBeth) August 26, 2019
And, of course, there were tips from people who have had similar experiences.
I always take a photo of my empty package and tell him to get the exact same thing. 😂He gets it right that way, unless they change the package design.
— Ⓝ𝕖𝕣𝓓Ƴ 𝐕ιˣ乇𝐍 💞😻 (@TheNerdyVixen) August 26, 2019
🤣 Pro tip: take a pic of the empty package of whatever you like before you throw it away. Then you can text it to your boyfriend/husband so he can find it in the aisle.
— Jen Bartman (@Jen13artman) August 26, 2019
A for effort, Lewis.