Amy Schumer Wants You To Learn About Tampons
Amy Schumer wants the world to know about periods.
The comedian is teaming up with Tampax in an effort to “normalize women having their periods and take away the stigma.”
In an interview with People, the star said she was “so excited” for the partnership, as it felt “incredibly natural” and “almost felt too perfect to me, because we have the exact same goals in mind.”
“We want to … just take the shame away from this thing that is really strange that it’s still so secretive and that we’re made to feel bad about it,” she added. “And just to get rid of some of the myths.”
One of the myths is that “using a tampon means [women will] lose their virginity.”
“[Women and girls] have all these misconceptions and fears, and there really isn’t that much education out there,” she said. “Only 24 states have any sort of required sex education and only 13 of those states require any sort of upkeep of actual medical studies. So if you don’t have an older sister, or if your mom isn’t super up to date, you really have no one to rely on. So I’m hopefully gonna be people’s older sister, explaining the things that I’ve learned to them.”
“I do remember that my mom made me feel informed, but she never taught me how to [insert] a tampon,” Amy reflected with People. “I didn’t find out how to put a Tampax in for probably a couple of years. People don’t understand — I didn’t understand that your flow changes and you need different sizes so I think I was probably just using whatever tampon my mom had. If it hurts when you put it in, you go a size down.”
“I didn’t know that. And I didn’t know how far to push it in,” she continued. “Some women don’t even know — they’re not pushing it in far enough, so they can feel it. You shouldn’t feel your tampon. And those are things I didn’t learn for far too long.”
It’s about time someone is talking about this! Bravo to you, Amy.