|Marriage Hygiene (single ladies not allowed)|
I love this ad from 1948, urging women to use Lysol as a douche. I got the ad from an amazing site, one of my favorites, The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health that is chalked full of these ads and other lovely tidbits. Regardless, from the 1920s to the late 40s, women were encouraged to douche with Lysol. After all, a woman must not embarrass her man in bed. It is amazing, really, all the stuff women have been encourage to use to make her smell better, if you catch my "flow."
Think about it people, Lysol does not smell that good anyway - it smells clinical and, well, not sexy. It is not like they made a rose smelling Lysol for women. But what a bargain! Lysol was more than a two for one product: clean your bathroom, clean your kitchen, disinfect the garbage can, and then disinfect yourself! Imagine it, if will you, that romantic evening between you and your loved one. Your loved one suggests a shower, but you want to make sure that your extra clean for that special moment:
Seriously, can you imagine tasting Lysol? Yuck - how will that help the marriage bed anyhow?Excuse me sweetheart, just give me a moment why I douche myself. Fresh and clean!Woman
Didn't you just use that stuff to clean the toilet?Husband
Well, you said you admired a thrifty shopper! Two for one coupons and two for one products. Grrrrrrr (sex kitten purr)Woman
One of the most interesting fixtures of these ads is that they are all labeled marriage hygiene indeed, if you look at the ads, right next to the happy Lysol bottle, you can see a form in which ladies could fill out, in order to receive more information regarding marriage hygiene. Of course, marriage hygiene is secret code information for: women who have sex. Or, should I say, women who have permissible sex, i.e. married women. Talk about freezing out an audience, because I'm sure even in 1922 there were plenty of women having sex out of wedlock. But, apparently, those women couldn't use Lysol because Lysol was reserved for marriage hygiene only. Egad!