How advertisers market products you’re not supposed to talk about.
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 09 11:21am
By Susan Kim
Throughout history (and in many parts of the world today), women used rags, sheepskin, or nothing at all to deal with their periods. Getting women to pay for something that had basically been free was a challenge for advertisers, especially given the intimate nature of the product. Ads for the earliest pads featured women who represented this ideal market: exquisite, exclusively white, and wealthy ladies of fashion and leisure. This idealized femcare world of designer frocks, exotic locales, and resorts lasted for decades.