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According to Slate, Wearing Deodorant Means You’re Oppressed by the Patriarchy

American women have had the right to vote since 1920, laws that prohibited us from owning property or signing contracts without our fathers’ or husbands’ permission have been repealed, and women have outnumbered men in getting college degrees (including graduate and doctoral degrees), so you might think things are going fairly well for us. But here comes Slate to let us know that we are still suffering from systemic patriarchal oppression, specifically from the deodorant and antiperspirant industry.

[It feels obligatory to provide the music video for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as a soundtrack to this article. Humor my Generation X music preferences, if you don’t mind.]

Slate contributor Shannon Palus writes a regular column called “Well, Actually,” which is described as “test[ing] health and wellness products to help readers figure out what they should try, what they should skip, and why.” This week’s column focused on “natural” deodorants, which are aluminum-free.

Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that stops you from actually sweating, and Palus takes a few paragraphs to clear up an urban legend that aluminum causes cancer or Alzheimer’s. Good news! Your baby powder scented Dove isn’t going to kill you.

What your deodorant might be doing, according to Palus, is sacrificing your feminine independence to the patriarchy. She reviews the advertising history of deodorant products, which she described as “a made-up solution to a made-up problem,” noting how the ads portrayed the idea of women perspiring as negative and disgusting.

“Early marketing campaigns,” wrote Palus, “were designed to make women—and they were first marketed just to women—embarrassed about the entire concept of perspiration,” mentioning specific ads that described sweaty women as unappealing to male potential suitors.

“Nowadays,” she continued, “it’s practically expected that women aren’t supposed to sweat through their armpits, which is why I’ve been using antiperspirants since I was in middle school.” Shaking off the advertiser-fueled patriarchal oppression, Palus tried a Clean Queen natural deodorant stick, which retails around $14 to $20.

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Palus’ review of the product noted that it did seem to manage to control body odor but didn’t stop her from sweating.

Then, after about a dozen paragraphs telling women that we don’t need to submit to Big Deodorant just to satisfy men, she writes that the “best part” about her experiment is that she texted her new boyfriend to ask if he had noticed any difference during the time she had switched from regular antiperspirant to the Clean Queen, and he replied with “[a] firm ‘nope.’”

Never mind that her last paragraph knocks the legs out from under her argument in the rest of her article — she actually was worried about what the man in her life thought about her sweatiness if she describes his positive response as “the best part” — this is not an issue where women need protection.

I’m not wearing antiperspirant because the patriarchy demands it. I’m wearing it for me and everyone around me. I live in Florida. It’s warm enough in a lot of the state to go swimming year round, and the humidity has conquered many weaker-blooded Northern visitors. The “Sunshine State” nickname isn’t just a tourism department slogan. It is hot and sweaty here pretty much year round. I prefer not to stink.

Nearly everyone has had the unpleasant experience of being around someone who eschews modern hygienic habits, whether while traveling overseas, on crowded public transportation, or just being around teenagers who haven’t quite figured it out yet, and it’s not enjoyable.

It’s not the patriarchy bullying us into trying to prevent sweating. It’s just plain good manners to not terrorize the fellow humans in your vicinity with your stench.

Read my RedState article archive here.

Follow Sarah Rumpf on Twitter: @rumpfshaker.

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Congratulations to Men for Once Again Proving We Beat Women at Everything

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I’m a big fan of the patriarchy, and it’s simply due to the fact that the patriarchy is filled with winners. In fact, we’re so good at winning and getting recognition for our accomplishments, that even when the recognition and awards are meant for women, men still walk away with the “W.”

For instance, a big shoutout to all the drag queens and transgendered folk out there who dress like or identify as women taking over Mother’s Day. The day is supposed to celebrate the women who have grown a person in their womb for nine months before putting their heart, soul, and body into bringing up their children. Even those mothers who have adopted children in order to allow them to experience maternal love that they’d otherwise have been a stranger to.

As Bonchie covered in a Sunday post, Chips Ahoy celebrated drag moms, which was celebrated by the transgender community as a recognition of not only mothers who support their trans or drag kids, but those men who identify as mothers themselves. Nothing pleases me more than to watch my team get such a massive interception as men being celebrated on Mother’s Day. A true testament to our skill and resolve. This was almost as exciting as when sports legend Caitlyn Jenner won “Woman of the Year.”

And I need to use sports as a metaphor on this subject either.

A YUGE shoutout to my boys showing women what it is to be a champion. I’m talking dudes like Terry Miller of Bloomfield High School and Andraya Yearwood of Cromwell High School who absolutely trounced the girls at their high schools in track events like the winners they are. Also, mad props to my bro Rachel McKinnon, the Canadian cyclist, who not only identifies as a woman but can now identify as a gold medal winner after showing those biological females the back of his bike.

Let’s not leave out weight lifting champ Mary Gregory, who not only has to heft weights along with his still attached manhood, but also had to carry the weight of nine gold medals before the weight of women losing was too much to bear and they unfairly stripped this champ of his rightful place at the top.

And I’d be remiss not to mention the now-retired MMA legend Fallon Fox, who got paid and cheered on while he literally beat women into submission in the ring, all while donning the mantle of “woman” along with his fighting gloves. A true warrior.

One thing is deniable. Men are just better than women in everything, including things where women are the only ones who can qualify for the specific award or recognition. Men can’t be stopped.

A huge shout out to the folks in the mainstream media and social justice communities for proving that the patriarchy is the unstoppable force they say it is.

The post Congratulations to Men for Once Again Proving We Beat Women at Everything appeared first on RedState.

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