As a mom, it is your job to masterfully guide your daughter through the perils of puberty, and to advise her on the ways of world and how misogynist and obnoxious it can be.
Belinda Hankins found herself in a hilariously maternal position when her 13-year-old daughter texted her from inside the grocery store, completely vexed about where the tampons were hidden. (For future reference: they’re in whichever aisle has the most embarrassing stuff.)
The heated text thread is an actual whirlwind: from confusion, to shock, to fury, to proud indignation, reading these texts is like watching a Shakespearean drama unfold before your eyes.
Belinda posted the exchange to Facebook with the caption:
OK. I lied earlier. THIS was the highlight of my parenting week. Sending my 13-year-old daughter into the store for (whispers) “feminine hygiene products,” and having the following text exchange. I died, she gave me life, I died again. And she drew an illustration, on the spot, ON HER PHONE, to drive her point home.
The whole exchange begins innocently enough, with an exasperated daughter griping to her mom about how annoying it is when nothing in the grocery aisles is labeled properly.
The frustration is almost palpable, as evidenced by the use of ALL CAPS.
All Hell breaks loose once Belinda’s daughter finds the tampons, shamefully tucked away in a corner, with no sign or indicator.
But even if it WERE labeled, it would probably be called the “Feminine Hygiene Section” or some other nonsense, because everyone is afraid of using the word “Vagina.”
In the end, Belinda’s daughter concludes that the only reasonable course of action is to smash the patriarchy. She also provides her mom with a handy map to the “Feminine Products,” just in case she is also duped by the confounding grocery store.
There’s really nothing more feminist than yelling with your mom about the injustices of tampon placement.
While the patriarchy may still be infuriating, it’s nice to know that it can still manage to inspire some mother-daughter bonding, in spite of itself.
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