#LadyDoritos May Be Debunked, But Our Worries Remain Valid

#LadyDoritos May Be Debunked, But Our Worries Remain Valid

We can still enjoy our old “privileges”, such as they were.
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Ever try to subtly eat a bag of chips?

Sure.

Ever wish that chips were gendered to prevent the loud crunch?

Wait, what?

Most people expressed a similar reaction on Feb. 5 when PepsiCo appeared to announce its intention of launching snacks that are designed for women. Still confused? You are not alone.

CNBC reported that the product was a result of PepsiCo Chief Executive Indra Nooyi thinking, “Women prefer chips that don't make too much noise when eaten or leave them with sticky fingers.”

During the podcast for "Freakonomics Radio", Nooyi added, "What a lot of the young guys (do when they) eat their chips, they love their Doritos and they lick their fingers with great glee. And when they reach the bottom of the bag, they pour the little broken pieces into their mouth because they don't want to lose that taste of the flavor and the broken chips in the bottom.”

The following day, CBS Detroit reported that PepsiCo shut down the “online speculation.”

“We already have Doritos for women — they’re called Doritos,” said the company in a statement, according to CBS Detroit.

Nonetheless, Nooyi’s initial comments incited great aggravation on the internet, and rightfully so.

When a friend sent me and another friend a link to the story, my first thought was that it was satirical, not different than a story one might find on The Onion. Then, when the story gained traction and was picked up by other publications, another thought crossed my mind.

Why was there the subconscious assumption that PepsiCo’s chief executive was a man?

Whenever a controversy occurs that brings issues of gender equality to the forefront, we tend to roll with the baseline assumption that men are to blame, and that is often confirmed. Whether it regards men receiving higher pay, greater recognition or more opportunities, it remains hard to believe that women stand in the way of other women in regards of progress.

Or, in the recently debunked case, basic snacking.

Additionally, the reality that Nooyi is in a position of power usually held by men and articulates such absurd thoughts is extremely discouraging, even if it is one instance that proved to be false. More so, it certainly does not instill faith in others that women executives are rational or level-headed.

Also, if the past is any indication, there is no denying that women have to be better than men at every turn. Rightly or wrongly, any perceived misstep is a simultaneous blight on the entire sex.

At its root, licking one’s fingers or pouring crumbs into one’s mouth, like Nooyi suggested, is unsightly regardless of one’s sex. Nonetheless, any consideration of differentiating chips like how we differentiate drinks should make us wonder if it is as much to do with convenience as it is to do with how we expect men and women to behave in public.

So, although the possibility of a new range of chips for women was discredited and we can still enjoy our old “privileges”, such as they were, one final question bears consideration:

What does it say about our social climate if there are worries that our food will be gendered, especially when we consider the prevalence of the Time’s Up movement?

Cover Image Credit: Pixabay

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.

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I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.

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I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!

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If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!

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One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.

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When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.

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For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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