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Tampax’s Tweet Sexualizing Women on Their Periods Is Revolting

The tampon maker tried to make a creepy joke that didn't stick its landing: "You're in their DMs. We're in them. We are not the same."

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A screenshot of Tampax's tweet against a purple background full of blue Twitter birds.
This is so creepy and gross.
Illustration: Jody Serrano / Gizmodo / @Tampax

Tampax, one of the world’s foremost tampon brands, apparently wanted to join in on the seemingly endless conversation on Twitter about how the platform is going to die at the hands of its new overlord owner, Elon Musk. However, what was probably intended as a snarky joke has ended up being the newest addition to the creepy and gross tweets hall of fame.

On Monday morning, Tampax declared that it “refused to let Twitter die” without sharing a certain tweet. The tweet in question referenced a person “sliding into their DMs,” asking someone out online, and stupidly compared that situation to someone inserting a tampon during their period. Tampax asserted that, since its product was inside the person, it was superior.


“You’re in their DMs. We’re in them. We are not the same,” Tampax, which is owned by Proctor & Gamble, tweeted. It added the following just a minute later: “refused to let twitter shut down before we shared this tweet.”


Not to be left out, Always, a leading pad brand also owned by P&G, also chimed in.

“how long have you been saving this one,” Always asked.

Tampax’s response, like this whole encounter, was reminiscent of dumb middle school boy jokes.

“since last period,” the tampon maker said.

Tampax’s tweet goes beyond gross-out humor. It sexualizes the bodies of people who menstruate—most start at about 12 years old, but some get their periods when they’re as young as 8—and makes a joke targeted to men at their expense.


Besides being creepy and disrespectful, the tweet was also a dumb sales move. Countless people on Twitter were outraged at Tampax’s tweet and said they would stop buying the brands products. Many started tweeting under #BoycottTampax. It should be noted that there many others were tweeting under the same hashtag to post transphobic tweets, which Gizmodo does not condone.

Gizmodo reached out to P&G for comment on Tampax’s tweet on Tuesday morning but did not receive a response.


Update 11/22/2022, 4:57 p.m. ET: This post has been updated to remove a tweet related to the Tampax scandal and to include additional context around the #BoycottTampax hashtag.