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churchs and tampons

  Just heard of it again recently. Some pious busy body bored middle aged women in a local church. Have been sneaking around and handing out pamphlets and having pep talks. In the name of the Lord with intimidated teen and pre-teen gilrs . That using tampons is evil as the girls are no longer pure and virgin with "anything "up there".

     I'd like to catch even one of the scare mongers in the act.

  Just what exactly is going on when there are serious issues in the world and society. That people take on a easy "safe" non issue in order to feel they are doing their part to make the world a better place?  

  Anybody else heard of or been exposed to this stuff first hand? 

Re: churchs and tampons

  • I've never heard of this happening.  The only time I've ever seen this issue addressed is in "Intended for Pleasure" by Ed and Gaye Wheat.  He was just reassuring mothers that tampons had nothing to do with a girl's virginity because (other than it not being a person) it fits in easily without breaking the hymen (so medically still a virgin also).  So yeah.  I never liked tampons much, but if people are doing this, it's ridiculous.
  • Tampons making you impure? That is the most ridiculous that I have ever heard.
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  • I went to Catholic school for 15 years, and the nurse wasn't allowed to have tampons in her office, but we could bring them and use them if we wanted. I have heard the argument before though. Personally, I think tampons are a wonderful invention.
  • I have heard of this it is ridiculous!  I grew up in a small town and a lot of the girls were very religious (I am not and my mom used tampons too), they didn't even know about their bodies, it was sad.

    Once a few of the girls in my class approached me and asked if I had a pad (we were in middle school) and I said I didn't but I had tampons and they said they didn't use them.  And then they asked me how do you go pee with a tampon in?  I was dumbfounded! 

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    I have heard of this it is ridiculous!  I grew up in a small town and a lot of the girls were very religious (I am not and my mom used tampons too), they didn't even know about their bodies, it was sad.

    Once a few of the girls in my class approached me and asked if I had a pad (we were in middle school) and I said I didn't but I had tampons and they said they didn't use them.  And then they asked me how do you go pee with a tampon in?  I was dumbfounded! 

    How does a girl know so little about her own parts? I didn't even realize this had to be taught. I was much younger than getting my period when I figured out on my own what was going on down there. And not to be creepy, but did none of them have younger siblings whose diapers they changed? That teaches anatomy so quickly. 

  • I consider myself fairly "religious" (although I don't like that word!), but I have never heard of this actually being taught (there are actually tampons in the bathroom where I go to church in case of emergency! haha) :)
  • That is the CRAZIEST thing I have ever heard. I'm pretty sure nowhere in the Bible does it say "Thou shall not use tampons."
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  • Haven't seen that ever, but have seen some wacko left winger talking about how proud she was of killing babies, it was really strange.
  • I was ten when I got my period and my family is pretty liberal so when we had questions about anything dealing with sex and menstruation or our bodies we just asked and were given information. I am the baby and the only girl, but I just asked or researched things myself if need be.

    It amazed me too and I was only 13, but I just didn't understand it! The majority of them have younger siblings.  It has a lot to do with not learning any sex ed and only having one maturation class (in fourth grade was the only one)!  We had a maturation meeting I guess is the best way to put it, where the school nurse talked to us about periods and gave us some pads and a little calendar, and a little pamphlet about menstruating.  They didn't talk about sex, or even about the vagina, or anything.  I remember because I asked about tampons and they changed the subject, it was ridiculous.

    Then freshman year in high school, in the small town I grew up in, you only take a semester of health  and they don't teach anything about sex or penis, vagina, nothing.  They basically skip it all.  Nothing about birth control or how women get pregnant.  I did research myself and also asked my parents.

    I remember a girl in my brothers class when they were juniors had to ask what menstruation was!  She didn't know what it was or how it worked.  

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  • I went to a catholic highschool and gradeschool they didnt teach us anything sex related. The priest would tell us hugging was a sin. He also ended up hanging himself for hurting boys. that didnt come out till years later. 

     

    I remember being in 8th grade and got my period at a water park and a mom that i had never met before had to help me understand what the hell i was doing. It was slightly embarrassing but thank you for moms all around!  

  • Wow! Yes, I've heard a little about this, but I agree with all of you...its quite silly. I'm a Christian and I'm married...I can honestly say...having a tampon isn't ANYTHING like having sex...bahahaha, I can't imagine why people would think that...cause it definitely isn't pleasurable! :) I think people are just afriad of what they don't know about...maybe their mom's never taught them about their body or they've been told its nasty...Its a beautiful thing! My husband loves my vagina :)
  • My mom just told me I couldn't use them, but my dad told me the reason why was b/c it would break my cherry (Yes he used that terminology, which at the time didn't make sense to me.) I finally convinced them to let me use them when I was on my period and cheering in high school. Maybe it's b/c I had super heavy periods and used super plus, but I think using them did break my hymen. I never bled when my husband and I fooled around, or even when we had sex. Or maybe I'm just weird.
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      Just what exactly is going on when there are serious issues in the world and society. That people take on a easy "safe" non issue in order to feel they are doing their part to make the world a better place?  

    I've been asking this question for years. I'm SO tired of everyone making stupid, trivial things into big deals when people have actual problems, especially when they target young girls and make every trivial thing they do seem bad/sinful/sexual.

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  • image lifeguard:

      Just heard of it again recently. Some pious busy body bored middle aged women in a local church. Have been sneaking around and handing out pamphlets and having pep talks. In the name of the Lord with intimidated teen and pre-teen gilrs . That using tampons is evil as the girls are no longer pure and virgin with "anything "up there".

         I'd like to catch even one of the scare mongers in the act.

      Just what exactly is going on when there are serious issues in the world and society. That people take on a easy "safe" non issue in order to feel they are doing their part to make the world a better place?  

      Anybody else heard of or been exposed to this stuff first hand? 

    That sounds like a very old school Catholic thing to me.

  • image Shayyy01:

    I went to a catholic highschool and gradeschool they didnt teach us anything sex related. The priest would tell us hugging was a sin. He also ended up hanging himself for hurting boys. that didnt come out till years later. 



    There were some very weird things that went on in Catholic schools before Vatican II. No white shirts (they make the boys sin) and no patent leather shoes (they reflect up) and sh!t even weirder than that.
  • That's so weird! Almost all of the Christian churches I've been to had tampons in bathroom and taught that sex outside of marriage was a sin, not using a tampon!

     

    I think that keeping the hymen intact to be considered a virgin is dumb, so many sports can break it. Horseback riding broke mine and it's not like it made me unpure. lol

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  • This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard...
  • image JJwritergirl:
    image jjoli:

    I have heard of this it is ridiculous!  I grew up in a small town and a lot of the girls were very religious (I am not and my mom used tampons too), they didn't even know about their bodies, it was sad.

    Once a few of the girls in my class approached me and asked if I had a pad (we were in middle school) and I said I didn't but I had tampons and they said they didn't use them.  And then they asked me how do you go pee with a tampon in?  I was dumbfounded! 

    How does a girl know so little about her own parts? I didn't even realize this had to be taught. I was much younger than getting my period when I figured out on my own what was going on down there. And not to be creepy, but did none of them have younger siblings whose diapers they changed? That teaches anatomy so quickly. 

    Evidently these girls never had a science class where anatomy and physiology of the organs was taught.

  • image kjewell:
    Tampons making you impure? That is the most ridiculous that I have ever heard.

    Exactly!

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  • That is ridiculous! I have never heard this before but, honestly churches have become less for the worship and more for people to preach their believe in the name of the lord. They will say oh this is what the lord believes and it makes me wanna slap the piss out of them. If using tampons or anything to that fact makes you unpure that what about the girls who go in for a pelvic exam? Something is being put up there so that makes them unpure also. This is a load of *** to me! Gah stupid people dance on my last nerve!!!
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  • I know this is sort of an old post, but I grew up in an EXTREMELY strict Independent Baptist church.

    The woman's body, especially the goods, is compared to a well in the Bible somewhere. It is taught that well is for one thing and one thing only... her husband's "waters." Your vagina belongs to 2 people... and neither of them are you. As with everything thing else about you, your ladybits are designed to please God by only pleasing your husband.

    hang on... Im going somewhere with this...

    That church also taught that Eve was cursed in the Garden with her period. So, its sort of a punishment (not the wonderful nutrients that sustain life, however unpleasant that may be when its no longer needed) 

     So that leads to an extreme view of modesty about your body and the period is a shameful, quiet thing almost. It was never said, but I always picked up the sense that "good girls" dont wear tampons because that would mean they need to hide their periods when they are naked or wear tight, revealing clothes. And another thing, to put in a tampon means spreading your legs, touching yourself, and putting something inside something else that isnt yours.

     Im not making a blanket statement about Christianity, Baptists, or anything else. I was just trying to convey what I noticed in that 1 specific church. 

    from a tampon wearing, sex-enjoying, no longer religious, pregnant chick.

     

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  •   Sorry I wasn't clear but I want everybody to understand. I do believe that good churches that teach scriptural truths and the congregation that follow them. Is a good thing and a benefit to the believers, their friends, families and community.

       It's just that sometimes, some people like these anti tampon ladies. Somehow they get off on a tangent and inadvertently do more harm than good. 

  • image TarponMonoxide:

     That sounds like a very old school Catholic thing to me.

    It has nothing to do with Catholicism. As a life-long practicing Catholic, and daughter of a life-long practicing Catholic, this has never been an issue. Nor has the Catholic Church had any stance on such a ridiculous issue.

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  • image Dr.Loretta:
    image TarponMonoxide:

     That sounds like a very old school Catholic thing to me.

    It has nothing to do with Catholicism. As a life-long practicing Catholic, and daughter of a life-long practicing Catholic, this has never been an issue. Nor has the Catholic Church had any stance on such a ridiculous issue.

     

    Thank you for defending Catholicism!

    I spent my entire K-12 years in Catholic schools, all of my time in college in Campus ministry and living with other Catholic women, and the majority of my last few summers with some of the most conservative Catholics I've ever met. I have never, not even once, heard of such a Church teaching! Not even as a pre-Vatican 2 teaching! (And truthfully, did tampons even exist then?)

    I guess what I mean is this --> just because its a conservative-type religious teaching doesn't mean ppl should automatically jump to the conclusion it stems from Catholicism. There are MANY other conservative religions.

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