Need a tampon? There's an app for that

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Sisterhood of the traveling tampon

It's a good idea overall but the name squicks me out and what's the deal with

“class is just wrapping up, I’ll be there in 10 minutes.”

I gotta wait ten minutes? In a stall in a public restroom? What?

I do like the idea of it helping people find walking buddies to get back to their dorms/apartments safely.

Or...

What if those same guys want to go horseback riding, or swimming, or any of those other things that they allow you to do.

The box makes a lot of unfulfilled promises.

So let me get this straight

How is downloading a tampon-specific app, then sending out a tampon SMS and waiting indefinitely for someone to bring you one, easier than remembering to keep a few extras in your bag?

I don't get it.

you don't get it 'cause you ain't a lady

Clearly you are not female or if you are, you are ridiculously organized and carry a suitcase around with you with all the essentials us ladies need. Carrying around tampons is a pain. First, they OFTEN fall out of their wrappers unless kept in a separate bag/compartment only with other tampons. Tampons then gets mixed in with everything else and all the dirty in your bag gets all around the cotton of the tampon. Not cool. Plus, not every female carries around a big bag full of room for extra tampons.

Second, not every female knows when you're going to get your period or start spotting.

Third, sometimes you just forget. Both male and females forget things every now and then.

I'm definitely female

I just don't see why it's so hard to keep a tampon or pad in your bag. I usually stick a handful in every bag I use, no matter how infrequently I use that bag.

It gets funny when I dig up a really old purse to donate and find a wrapper design that hasn't existed in 10 years, though.

Granted, I ain't a lady

but I am a woman and the more I think about it, the more I think this is kind of weak. It's not that hard to throw a couple of tampons in a ziploc bag and throw that into your backpack or handbag.

I'm not saying I've never been caught off guard but I didn't feel the need to broadcast it or ask for free tampons.

"Ah, kids..."

Is what I found myself thinking. I suspect most even slightly organized women have learned to scatter tampons/pads around their usual haunts and/or in whatever they carry around. Yes, there is the occasional mistake, but that's rare enough that I'd think this app wouldn't find much use.

I'm also creeped out about the security issue. I really don't like broadcasting the fact that I'm (alone; again it's unlikely that two or more female friends would all be without the required item)in a public restroom!

The idea of calling for walking buddies seems to have more promise, but again security would be a very important issue to address.

Better yet: I am developing a

Better yet: I am developing a sophisticated app to tell you where the closest CVS or Walgreens is. Can you believe it! Yes, I am from MIT and it's all about INNOVATION. You can thank me later.

That's a great point

The app broadcasts where you are while you're in a vulnerable situation. Technologically speaking, there is no way to prevent men from using the app to find women to assault.

There's no way to stop women from using the app to find women to assault either.

P.S. - I'd guess that 90% of the users are on birth control pills which make it easy to predict when you're going to need supplies. The sensible thing to do would be to keep a couple of spares with you.

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