Mother-Daughter Tampon Text Exchange Is #ParentingGoals

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Finding feminine hygiene products in the drugstore can be a challenge even for grown women with decades of tampon-buying experience; for a 13-year-old girl, locating this essential (but often infuriatingly unlabeled) aisle can seem like a near impossible task. This timeless struggle was recently illustrated perfectly -- and hilariously -- by a text exchange chronicling one mom's attempt to help her daughter figure out where the tampons were in a store ... and the unfortunate life lesson she ended up passing on in the process.

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It all started when Belinda Hankins sent her 13-year-old daughter Isabella into the store to pick up some tampons. Simple enough, right? Except nope, because apparently this was one of those drugstores where all things period-related are inexplicably hidden away so as not to offend anyone who might not have a -- gasp! -- vagina.

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Belinda was so amused by the texts (and impressed by her daughter's observations) that she posted the whole thing to Facebook -- and you really owe it to yourself to read every word:

As you can see, Isabella initially reacted the way any flustered teen might:

"THEY'RE NOT HERRREEEEE"

(As the mother of a 15-year-old daughter, I'm pretty sure I've gotten that EXACT text from my kid.) But as the conversation continued (and Belinda's tips to look near the diapers, condoms, and "sex lube" all proved unhelpful), Isabella's adolescent exasperation matured into an expression of developing feminist outrage -- and literally every woman can relate...

Seriously -- why are these things hidden?

So are we. So. Are. We.

"BUT SERIOUSLY, WHY ARE MEN SO AFRAID OF WOMEN AND THEIR VAGINAS??? DO THEY THINK IF THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR EXISTENCE WE WILL SHOOT OUR LASER ESTROGEN BEAMS OUT OF OUR EYES AT THEM AND DISINTEGRATE THEM WITH EASE?”

Yes, Isabella -- the answer is yes. But that's okay, because clearly you're extremely intelligent and perceptive, and the fact that you're realizing all this stuff now only means your 20s will be that much less disappointing. (Even better, Isabella has the kind of open relationship with her mom where they can talk about stuff like lube and vaginas like it's NBD, which is going to help a LOT in the years to come.)

So perfect, I almost can't even handle it. I mean, just take a moment to consider that this text came from a 13-year-old girl:

"VAGINAS ARE MYTHS, WHISPERED QUIETLY IN SECRET AMONG ONLY THE BRAVEST OF MEN, COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO EVEN MENTION THE NAME."

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Expect great things from this kid! And we can clearly see where she gets it -- from a woman who's made "smash the patriarchy" her parenting catchphrase! Every mom should follow her lead. Because as funny as this post is, it also serves as a reminder that we all need to be having these types of frank, honest discussions with our kids -- and that keeping a sense of humor about these potentially sensitive topics is indispensable to all parties involved.

It's also a reminder that stores could really stand to label their feminine hygiene products a bit more clearly, for Pete's sake. The Vagina Zone, here we come!

 

Image via Belinda Hankins/Facebook

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