I Shouldn't Feel Embarrassed While Buying Tampons

I Shouldn't Feel Embarrassed While Buying Tampons

"Excuse me sir, do my tampons offend you?"
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I shouldn't be embarrassed to go to the store and buy tampons.

I shouldn't have to worry about if a male cashier is going to ring me up.

I shouldn't be faced with awkward situations for buying something that I NEED.

And yet I am.

I went to the store today to buy tampons, and felt humiliated as two boys snickered at my purchase.

When I put my tampons down on the counter today at the store, the male cashier grabbed my item, rang me up and failed to say one word to me. He didn't look at me. He never made eye contact with me. He was embarrassed to even look at me, making me uncomfortable and creating a fairly awkward situation.

Standing awkwardly at the counter, waiting for my card to go through, I'm looking around to see if anyone else is seeing what just happened. The only other person there was another male worker.

This second male worker sees what his coworker is ringing up, and starts hysterically laughing at the situation.

In broken laughter he says, "I'm glad I didn't have to ring that up." Because God forbid a male is about to hold a box of tampons to put into a bag.

As a female, being laughed at when you're the only customer in the store is humiliating. You are suddenly a target, and neither of the employees want to help you because you needed to buy tampons?

I proceeded to bag MY OWN item. Since my cashier refused to hold tampons, after his coworker's inappropriate laughter. I grabbed my bag. I looked at the cashier and said,

"Do my tampons offend you?"

All I saw were that his eyes were still fixated on the floor, and he still refused to make eye contact with me.

He responds "yeah", as if to rush me out of the store, and I am on my way. The only word said to me during my entire experience at the counter..."yeah". That was all I needed to hear.

As women, we can not control the natural phenomenon of getting our period, and as a male you have no idea what women have to go through. This is NOT what a woman should have to go through while buying products that she needs. When are we going to realize that this happens to every female, and that it doesn't have to be a "taboo" topic. Periods happen to EVERY FEMALE. Men, you need to get over it. I am going to buy my tampons. I am going to look you straight in the eye and if you fail to look at me during my entire purchase from you, I will call you out.

No more silence. We shouldn't have to feel embarrassed about what goes on with our bodies. I shouldn't have to pretend like periods do not happen, and you shouldn't feel embarrassed either.

Men, please don't feel awkward, there is nothing awkward about it. We buy tampons like you would buy any other product. You don't have to worry about a female cashier snickering about your shampoo, so treat a tampon purchase like any other purchase. Periods happen to every woman, and I'm sure your future wife won't appreciate your laughter when she has her period, right?

Women shouldn't be treated differently because they have their periods. I can't help that I get my period, and apparently two male employees can't help me buy products for my period.

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BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.

What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.

What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.

What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.

What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:

"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."

How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.

Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.

So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.

Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.

What kind of flavors can I get? There are currently eight BANG energy drink flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.

Where can I buy BANG energy drinks? You can find BANG energy drinks at Amazon, your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.

How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.

How does BANG compare to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data on nutrition facts and you can make your decisions based on that:

16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.

16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar

16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

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