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Maxi Pad Ad Finally Draws Blood

Bloody hell, it's about time! Always has an ad for its ultra thin pads that features a teeny tiny dot of red blood (no carefree girl in white in sight), and it may be one of the first instances a US feminine hygiene ad has dared to reference real blood, much less show it.

Despite being about periods, tampon and maxi pad advertisements have a long history of pussy-footing around the realities of menstruation with euphemisms, metaphors, and that infamous blue liquid. The closest we've seen to a blood reference are the o.b. and Tampax ads above that use vampires and sharks to get their point across.

Is this a step in the right direction? Do you think we'll ever get to a point when a woman's period and her body are talked about openly and honestly?

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