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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeave View Post
    I'm not trying to be snarky, but it seems to me like the invention has some merit, and that there could be a female audience out there for it. But if not, then the product fails and the company goes out of business. Like with any other unneeded or poorly marketed product.

    I'll admit I don't follow female menstruation issues so I'm a bit uninformed, but my question to the ladies is, if you do need to remove a tampon for some reason, and there is not a trashcan around, what do you do with it? Like if you're on a long hike or out for a run or something? Littering is a bad idea, so do you just put it as-is in your pocket? You don't need the Pinky Gloves product, but it seems like having some sort of plastic bag handy to put it in would be of benefit.
    *women everywhere have an epiphany* Oh my god, he's right!

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    How very odd. This is a case of men inventing a solution for women's problems that women don't actually have. I've been at this for over 30 years now... and the ONLY time I've ever ended up with menstrual blood on my hands was when I hemorrhaged and ended up in the hospital. Technically, that wasn't even menstrual blood, it was just regular old blood. Because the incredibly common ailment that a huge number of women suffer from but were never even told exited tried to kill me.

    If men want to do something to help women with their periods... how about insisting that schools teach young women about endometriosis, fibroids, and ovarian cysts during health classes in schools? That would have actually been helpful.

    This idea? It's a dumb and useless idea.

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    Definitely "Thread of the Month" material. May I digress?

    Our children are males. One day many years ago I overheard my Lovely teaching the boys how they should take toilet paper and dab the tips of their weenies after taking a wiz. As a self respecting male and as a parent looking out for the psychological wellbeing of our children I had to step in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Floof View Post
    Male Startup Blasted on Social Media for Creating a Period Glove

    As they should be.

    Two German men decided to create a pink disposable period glove so people don't get menstrual blood on their hands when removing tampons and other period products.

    Pinky Gloves was originally designed so period products could be disposed of properly and more discreetly.

    The founders said after they moved into a "women's flat" they noticed there was "no good solution when it came to the disposal of tampons."
    Poor babies! They deserve every bit of backlash they've received.

    To their credit, they did apologize and promise to do better moving forward, and refrained from defensive mansplaining.

    In summary, don't period shame women and don't make up fake problems for women for you to "solve" without first consulting women and examining your assumptions.
    All ideas to new companies sound like bad ideas, at the time of their inception. Otherwise other people would have done it already. The entrepreneurial spirit is exactly this. Not understanding how the world works. Rejecting the limitations everybody else thinks are set in stone. And doing it anyway.

    Entrepeneurs are a special breed of human. Absolutely fucking nuts.

    But we need them. Or nothing new would ever happen. Bless their little positive hearts and attitude

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    All ideas to new companies sound like bad ideas, at the time of their inception. Otherwise other people would have done it already. The entrepreneurial spirit is exactly this. Not understanding how the world works. Rejecting the limitations everybody else thinks are set in stone. And doing it anyway.

    Entrepeneurs are a special breed of human. Absolutely fucking nuts.

    But we need them. Or nothing new would ever happen. Bless their little positive hearts and attitude
    You're right! These guys are champions of capitalism, pushing the envelope in the field of pointless plastic shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfield View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    All ideas to new companies sound like bad ideas, at the time of their inception. Otherwise other people would have done it already. The entrepreneurial spirit is exactly this. Not understanding how the world works. Rejecting the limitations everybody else thinks are set in stone. And doing it anyway.

    Entrepeneurs are a special breed of human. Absolutely fucking nuts.

    But we need them. Or nothing new would ever happen. Bless their little positive hearts and attitude
    You're right! These guys are champions of capitalism, pushing the envelope in the field of pointless plastic shit.
    Well... isn't that 99% of everything we blow our money on? Today I bought a t-shirt for my girlfriend with the text "Necronomicook" and a picture of Lovecraft cooking. Was this a life sustaining item? No. Would she have become sad, if she hadn't gotten it? Also, no. Would she have preferred not getting it? Yes. Last week I bought her a Kindle. She will never run out of paper books to read, even if she never again buys a book. On Saturday she and me am going out to a fancy dinner. We will blow more money on that meal than we normally spend on groceries for two months.

    Of the stuff that I spend money on a tiny fraction is for things I actually need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    Well... isn't that 99% of everything we blow our money on? Today I bought a t-shirt for my girlfriend with the text "Necronomicook" and a picture of Lovecraft cooking. Was this a life sustaining item? No. Would she have become sad, if she hadn't gotten it? Also, no. Would she have preferred not getting it? Yes. Last week I bought her a Kindle. She will never run out of paper books to read, even if she never again buys a book. On Saturday she and me am going out to a fancy dinner. We will blow more money on that meal than we normally spend on groceries for two months.

    Of the stuff that I spend money on a tiny fraction is for things I actually need.
    It seems like you have the luxury of being really wasteful with your money. Good for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.G.G. Moogly View Post
    Definitely "Thread of the Month" material. May I digress?

    Our children are males. One day many years ago I overheard my Lovely teaching the boys how they should take toilet paper and dab the tips of their weenies after taking a wiz. As a self respecting male and as a parent looking out for the psychological wellbeing of our children I had to step in.
    Step in and support them leaving urine stains in their underpants? I'm not really sure what you're stepping in about... and it's entirely possible that I have no idea where you're going with this. My spouse blots his pecker after peeing, and I've simply assumed that's normal behavior for dudes who don't want pee in their skivvies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.G.G. Moogly View Post
    Definitely "Thread of the Month" material. May I digress?

    Our children are males. One day many years ago I overheard my Lovely teaching the boys how they should take toilet paper and dab the tips of their weenies after taking a wiz. As a self respecting male and as a parent looking out for the psychological wellbeing of our children I had to step in.
    I've always wondered why bad hygiene is so important to people who pee out of their dicks. It's nasty. There is not one male that I've ever done laundry for, which is quite a few, whose underwear did not smell like pee. Why would anyone think that's cool?

    I've also been suggesting openly that maybe it's time to teach boys to wipe after peeing. Just seems to be no real reason not to. Of course, this comment may well get an onslaught of "reasons," but there really isn't any except for probably one of those weird, knuckle dragging, chest thumping norms that for some reason men think make them men and without it they would be women or gay or another stupid thing based in ignorance and insecurity and lack of empathy.

    But then, men don't have to be any brighter or more aware or cleaner than they are because no one really challenges them to self reflect or look any deeper into their own assumptions, just like with these two dipshits who thought that, one, periods are gross (they are not), two, women can't hygiene their own periods, three, they are mens so they of course can fix this problem that doesn't actually exist, four, there is no need to ask women any questions about this, and five, the solution should be pink so girls will like it.

    Just as a fun thought experiment, maybe you could examine those assumptions and guess what's dumb about each of them.

    I don't say any of this to be mean or to hurt anyone's fragile man-feelings, though the man-feelings will definitely get hurt, and I'm not actually in a rage like so many of you like to believe when I talk about certain things in terms you don't like. I say all this because it just needs to be said in various ways from various sources before it begins to seep past that big fluffy padding of never-having-to-think-about-women-beyond-the-most-superficial because-there's-no-consequences-for-you-if-you-don't-give-a-shit-about-half-the-human-race-beyond-the-sophomoric-assumptions-you-picked-up-in-childhood and into the collective man-conscious.

    Not one of those things I listed is hard to figure out or notice what's stupid about it, meaning what should be embarrassingly stupid about it. It's not that difficult to become aware of the reasons so many otherwise excellent humans have such unintended yet massive and consequential (for others) blind spots on reality and how they might overcome them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Floof View Post
    I don't say any of this to be mean or to hurt anyone's fragile man-feelings, though the man-feelings will definitely get hurt, and I'm not actually in a rage like so many of you like to believe when I talk about certain things in terms you don't like.
    I do get rather tired of always having to walk on eggshells in order not to offend male sensibilities. As far as I can tell, it's reinforcement of sexual stereotypes where women are supposed to be considerate, delicate, caring, and eternally comforting, and are supposed to prioritize the feelings and comfort of men above all else.

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