It's called labia lipstick.
It turns out that a chiropractor thinks women should have their vaginas glued shut. Yes, you read that right. Grab the popcorn, sit back, and enjoy yet another male who seems to be absolutely clueless about the female anatomy.
Daniel Dopps, a chiropractor from Wichita, Kansas, is the president and CEO of Mensez Technologies, a company focusing on making menstruation easier for women. While this sounds well and good, because man do us ladies need some better options, the company is offering up something pretty controversial.
Dopps has further described the product on his LinkedIn page:
“Mensez feminine lipstick is a natural patented compound of amino acids and oil in a lipstick applicator that is applied to the labia minora and causes them to cling together in a manner strong enough to retain menstrual fluid in the vestibule above the labia minora where the vaginal opening and urethra exit. The Mensez compound is instantly washed away with urine, which releases the menstrual fluid along with the urine into the toilet every time a woman urinates. No pads or tampons are needed. Safe, secure and clean.”
Makes sense, right? Especially coming from someone like a chiropractor who seems completely qualified to develop such a product (eye roll). Yeah, the internet didn’t think so either, and Dopps along with his “innovative” product have come under fire.
This “personal hygiene product” was granted a patent on January 10th but unsurprisingly has not made it to market. A recent interviewer shared what Dopps had to say about his thoughts on the Mensez Lipstick and its place in the market.
"'It will be hopefully sold to someone like Procter & Gamble or Kimberly Clark,' Dopps told me, claiming that at least one personal care product company has 'shown interest.' Tampons fall under FDA jurisdiction and are regulated as medical devices, and there is little reason to believe Mensez would be different. In theory, for this product to reach market not only would it have to impress executives at a large company, pass trials and jump through regulatory hoops, but women would have to actually find it appealing.”
While intending to introduce the product to potential customers through Facebook, Dopps has been receiving a lot more questions and scrutiny than anticipated.
People were reaching out wanting to know how it was possible that the lipstick was sweat- and blood-proof but was able to be broken down by urine. Others weren’t convinced that urine could fully break the seal and many were worried about the risk of infection from keeping the menstrual fluids inside.
When asked these questions, Dopps merely replied, “It will be thoroughly tested and improved, "It makes more sense than putting the plug up there,” and that “We’re using the vagina like a bladder just like tampons do.”
His answers alone show that Dopps may not be so up on the female anatomy OR on how tampons actually work.
OK, so the guy is a little lost when it comes to biology and being a female in general; however, the whole thing takes a turn for the worse as his obvious sexism boils to the surface.
As women have been voicing their opinions, it seems that many of them think that Dopps is a misogynist who has no place making products for women. Firing back at his haters, Dopps dug himself an even deeper hole by saying:
“You as a woman should have come up with a better solution than diapers and plugs, but you didn’t. Reason being women are focused on and distracted by your period 25 percent of the time, making them far less productive than they could be. Women tend to be far more creative than men, but their periods that [sic] stifle them and play with their heads.” Dopps added over the phone that “a lot of the LGBT community, lesbians in particular, are furious at me because I’m a white straight man.”
Well, then. It would appear that on top of knowing little about female anatomy or menstruation, Dopps also knows nothing about the best PR practices because insulting the very people he is trying to market a product to doesn’t really seem that intelligent. Maybe he thought that women would be too distracted by their periods to recognize his disrespect.
But even if all of his lady-haters out there were just pissed off because they were menstruating, it doesn’t really explain why people of various genders, ethnicities and sexual orientations have a problem with the product and its creator.