The ways of menstruation are mysterious to cis men. As a woman who gets her period, I’ll say it took me about ten years to really figure it out, so I kind of understand. Some people are raised to be suspicious of the menstrual cycle, others have had frightening encounters, and in some cases, good ole misogyny keeps guys from comprehending this basic life process. All we ask is that you try to learn.
A guy named Evan Worthen posted a goofy joke about tampons to Twitter showing a pic of one that has an “R” printed on it. The R stands for Regular, which means like… a medium flow. If you didn’t know periods come in different strengths, then you’re already learning! They usually start light, get very heavy, and then taper off again. Different products are designed to help with whatever you got going on down there, so “regular” is sort of like “medium.” There are a lot of euphemisms.
Worthen wrote, “My girlfriend left a tampon at my apartment and idk where the left one is. Anyone know where I can get a single left tampon to keep a set here for emergencies?”
My girlfriend left a tampon at my apartment and idk where the left one is. Anyone know where I can get a single left tampon to keep a set here for emergencies? pic.twitter.com/6D51FIWrVU— Evan J Worthen (@harambevan) September 1, 2019
Haha. Get it? The “R” stands for “right” in this joke. He is definitely joking. I think.
The joke inspired a bunch of women to ask their non-menstruating boyfriends what they actually do think the “R” stands for. The answers are even funnier than Worthen’s joke:
Y’all I- pic.twitter.com/DIm10U2Ia5
— taly (@nathaliexrios) September 2, 2019
Right vagina? Do they really think there’s a lefty and righty? Or does he mean the opposite of the wrong vagina (the butthole). To be fair, mixed tampon packs do have “L” and “S,” which stands for Light and Super.
plus don’t forget the “S” for “side”. you must have a “right” “side” and a “left” “side” for a total of 4 tampons shoved up there to ensure full coverage pic.twitter.com/vEe4gkLZKA— maddy♡ (@maddyy16) September 2, 2019
But things got even crazier:
Mine said “regulate” then said “oh it means reverse...reverse that thang up out of there” ?— ?? (@_curlfriend) September 2, 2019
Mine said “right” at first and i laughed and he deadass said “i meant rear” like can someone come get this man ???— davey (@MiniMuffinHeart) September 2, 2019
Mine said ‘red’ for blood??— mb (@merronbrittney) September 3, 2019
SO DID MINE HAHAHA— Morgan Martin (@morgsssss_26) September 2, 2019
That was the back up response lmaoooo pic.twitter.com/I1n60gcKur— Morgan Martin (@morgsssss_26) September 2, 2019
This guy is moments away from saying “rabies” I think:
— ellie barnett (@EllieBarnett_21) September 2, 2019
Someone tried asking about the “L” Tampon and got a series of insane answers, too:
— Kaylieeee (@kayliebenoit) September 2, 2019
But even when they kind of understood, they also didn’t:
Showed him the tweet then gave him the answer. Omg. ?? pic.twitter.com/kXUPRpAUr0— m.g. (@meowllorie) September 2, 2019
Yes. Regular-sized vagina. You cracked the code.