An American chiropractor is reportedly startled at the negative reaction to his novel method of dealing with menstruation: “potty training” the period with lipstick
Dr Dan Dopps, CEO and President at Mensez Technologies, has created Mensez LipStick, which works by temporarily sticking the labia together.
“Mensez LipStick when applied to the labia minora, creates a seal that is perspiration and blood proof but it breaks down instantly with urine, retaining menstrual fluid in the vagina until urinatation (sic),” he writes on his LinkedIn page.
“Upon urinating the seal releases and allows the urine along with the menstrual fluid to exit into the toilet.
“Think of it as potty training the period, cleaner, healthier, more secure, less risk of infections.”
— Mensez (@menseztech) February 4, 2017
A patent for the product was granted in January, but the product is yet to hit shelves. According to Forbes, Dr Dopps hopes to sell the product to “someone like Procter & Gamble or Kimberly Clark”.
The reaction has generally not been positive, with many pointing out impracticalities within the concept.
— James The Just (@jamezverusaum) February 21, 2017
@menseztech We're already in the 21st century. Join the rest of us by reading some anatomy books and talking to some gynaecologists 👍
— Melissa Lyn (@MelissaLyn21) February 24, 2017
“If I had millions of dollars, a team of scientists, and decades of rigorous peer-reviewed research, I would still not be able to adequately describe how incomprehensibly stupid this is,” wrote one respondent on LinkedIn.
Dr Dopps told Forbes that the negative response to the vaginal lipstick was because “a lot of the LGBT community, lesbians in particular, are furious at me because I’m a white straight man”.
However at least some of the derision was drawn by a Facebook post (now taken down after Dr Dopps claimed his Facebook page was hacked, but visible elsewhere on Facebook) in which he claimed that “You as a woman should have come up with a better solution then (sic) diapers and plugs, but you didn’t.
“Reason being women are focused on and distracted by your period 25% of the time, making them far less productive then (sic) they could be.
“Women tend to be far more creative than men, but their periods that stifle them and play with their heads.”