Don’t believe anyone who tells you to put mints in your vagina.

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Does hatred of women know no boundaries? Apparently not:

I recently got a press release from the makers of Linger, an “internal feminine flavoring” that promises to keep your vagina in mint condition. Think of it as an Altoid for your lady parts or, as its website explains, “A small, naturally sweetened flavoring, free of artificial dyes, which was created to flavor the secretions of a woman when she is sexually aroused.” What…the…?! …

… So how does Linger manage to pass off breath mints as vaginal Tic Tacs in $7.99 packs? Despite the salacious creation story and testimonials on its site (“It gets a little warm as it starts to dissolve which took just under an hour. Then, it is SO good!!”), the mint is labeled “for novelty use only.” This is a common practice in the sex-products industry, explains Charlie Glickman, the education program manager at Good Vibrations. It gives manufacturers some cover if something goes awry, he explains. “They could say, ‘It’s just a novelty toy. You weren’t actually expecting to use this were you?’” And if you actually do expect to use Linger to “flavor the woman in a manner that is safe and effective,” be warned: its primary ingredient is sugar, which is not safe for the vagina. It messes up the pH and can lead to a really painful yeast infection, a condition that definitely doesn’t make someone want to “linger.”

I’d advocate agreeing to insert a mint only after a male partner leads by example.

–Ann Bartow

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4 Responses to Don’t believe anyone who tells you to put mints in your vagina.

  1. efink says:

    I wasn’t at all sure what to expect from the title to this post. But I certainly didn’t expect it would actually be about vagina mints. I’m afraid it does seem like a stupid idea only a man could have thought up.

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  4. ellen says:

    and here’s a great counter-marketing opportunity for a feminist entrepreneur: Butt Mints for men. Have your partner stick one up his ass before he comes to bed, and his farts will be pleasantly fragrant. Hey, CHOCOLATE Butt BonBons! I predict this will soon be a real product. Actually I’ll bet it’s out there already.

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