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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.

Next: Why I’m mad and 8 real tips on how to ask for a raise

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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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9:23AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014


7:08PM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

Had to see what followed that headline! Whew, great article. (And Bea, best comment EVER.)

2:30AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Wow, speechless

5:36PM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

After seeing the title of this post, I was quite relieved that it wasn't purporting that women should use a product that is bad for them.

2:04PM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

Just reading the title, I wonder what kind of a job you are looking for.....

1:16PM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Why does it seem that through the years a lot of money has been spent on making a vagina smell good and taste good? Why not some focus on making sperm taste good? Make something that men can ingest that is effective right away.

6:07AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

This author makes valid points and good for her not to support such nonsense. As she says a vagina is self-cleansing (clever huh?) and may only be adversely affected by chemicals being placed where they have no business!
To suggest that women's vulvas and vaginas smell bad is possibly a form of putting women down. I mean how assertive can you be when your genitals may stink you out at any time??!! (Don't worry they don't!)
In addition it's a ploy from the manufacturers to get us to spend money on more products we simply don't need.If we added up all the money spent in our overfed western world on 'feminine cleansers', plug in the wall deodorisers, hang in the toilet deodorisers and other such fripperies would it be equal the GDP of a small African country do you think?! I personally find spending money on this sort of unnecessary rubbish which we're convinced we need by advertisers obscene when people are starving or kids are dying for the lack of a measles vaccine.Don't buy that crap, donate the money instead!

4:54AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Thanks -- good to laugh at how outrageous and ridiculous this is!

7:15AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

I'm at a loss for words...

11:47AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

hilarious - getting a raise and douche. hahaha

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