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Want A Raise? Wash Your Vagina

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Want A Raise? Wash Your Vagina

OMG. You’ve got to be kidding. I just heard about a magazine ad that’s got me steaming mad. Check out this full page Summer’s Eve ad in Woman’s Day magazine. The title: “Confidence at Work: How to Ask For a Raise.” The very first suggestion in the eight tips on how to ask for a raise?

#1 Start with your usual routine and all the things you do to feel your best, including showering with Summer’s Eve feminine wash or throwing a packet of Summer’s Eve Feminine Cleansing Cloths into your bag for a quick freshness pick-me-up during the day.

Are you people serious?

As the author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend, I’ve got something to say about this! Summer’s Eve approached me a few months back because they wanted to throw a boatload of money at me so I could be their spokesperson. Thank GODDESS I said I would do that when hell freezes over. What did I tell them? IT’S SUPPOSED TO SMELL LIKE PUSSY.

To quote my heroine Eve Ensler from the Vagina Monologues:

My vagina doesn’t need to be cleaned up. It smells good already. Don’t try to decorate. Don’t believe him when he tells you it smells like rose petals when it’s supposed to smell like pussy. That’s what they’re doing – trying to clean it up, make it smell like bathroom spray or a garden. All those douche sprays – floral, berry, rain. I don’t want my pussy to smell like rain. All cleaned up like washing a fish after you cook it. I want to taste the fish. That’s why I ordered it.

Amen, sister! Take that, Summer’s Eve. What was all that mumbo jumbo you gave me back when you were trying to convince me to accept your money? Here’s a direct quote from the email you sent me:

The “tone” of the program is one that emphasizes female confidence and empowerment, taking charge of health and wellness and an overall love of being female!  An integral part of our efforts is a collaboration with a respected health professional to provide educational messaging for consumers. Your breadth of expertise in a variety of women’s health issues, as well as your position on women’s empowerment and the down-to-Earth, woman-to-woman tone of your upcoming book makes us particularly interested in starting a dialog with you.

Shame. Shame. Shame on you. And thank you Universe for guiding me to turn away the money and decline this offer. How in the world does this ad “emphasize female confidence and empowerment?” I mean seriously, people.

My agent, whom I lovingly call “Monkey Barbara,” had this to say when this opportunity arose: “I don’t want the word douchebag coming out of your mouth unless you’re saying it to some guy who wants his girlfriend to douche!”

When I expressed my belief that douching is not only an offense to women everywhere but it also increases the risk of vaginal infections by washing away all the healthy, protective bacteria, Summer’s Eve assured me that their new campaign was not about douching at all. Instead, it was about healthy, pH balanced feminine cleansing. My answer to them? The vagina is a self-cleaning organism. And oh yeah it’s supposed to smell like pussy.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at and also created two online communities - and She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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4:02AM PDT on Aug 1, 2015

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7:31AM PDT on May 31, 2015

Brave views and action. Love it.

2:57AM PDT on May 31, 2015

Ha ha, Jellybean Bonanza had the answers to this covered beautifully in 'Even cowgirls get the blues' all those years ago.

10:21AM PDT on May 30, 2015

I'm wondering to how many women does this career advice apply? Ask for a raise to get that "corner office with a view" and to buy that BMW or Prada purse because you brought in a seven figure contract? Come on, girl, get real. Most women work in low paying jobs or jobs that can only make them dream about owning a BMW. But that's probably all because their vaginas don't smell the right way ...

5:51AM PDT on Mar 21, 2015

Noted. Thanks

1:14PM PDT on Oct 2, 2014

Change the smell - Absurd...
When someone figgures out a way to put that aroma and consistancy into a chewing gum , The world will have the first Trillionare!!

7:12AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

You know, those packaged douche product can actually cause yeast infections. They change the PH balance in your vagina, which allow the yeast to grow.

IF you feel the need to douche, use plain water, or white vinegar and water.

And as far as what MEN think -- well, come on, you're lucky if you can get them to even wash up before coming to bed. Where do they get off thinking a clean woman ought to smell like something unnatural?

7:04AM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

How offensive is this! i never buy these things, but i do wash my pubes, i dont like to smell fishy, and i dont think that a bit of soap and water once a day, harms our private regions, or destroys any protective layer, that doesnt return quickly, bacteria mutliplies fast, so theres NO FEAR OF THAT!

7:28AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Noted and Thank you Lisa!!!! Way back in 1979 I lived for a year in Puerto Rico among a crowd of Americans. I was both confused, and astonished at the constant offensive and graphic ads for douches, flavoured, scented and medicated! These often ran side by side with ads for creams, pills and potions for vaginal yeast infections, thrush and urinary tract infections!!! No prize for guessing the correlation between the two, or for guessing which gender all these pretty smells and tastes are aimed for. Not surprisingly I never saw a single ad to suggest that men's penises frequently smell awful, and are the main carrier of bacteria and infection, yet we are still expected to stick them in our mouths and 'enjoy'!!! I think not!!!! Wash first please
and see how you feel! :~)

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