Today we're going to learn about *hushed whisper* lady bits! That's right, we're going to learn about that time of the month, Disney style!
Oh yes, you heard me right. Turns out that Disney is good for more than just animated movies about dancing teapots and questionably accented crustaceans. They also, back in the day, dipped their toe into the educational film market! There's a few of them out there, but I thought that today we could all check out "The Story of Menstruation". The title says it all, I think.
Sorry, got carried away...
In the film they seem to put an awful lot of emphasis on the fact that girls "come in all shapes and sizes", and there's a frankly disturbing obsession with the word glands, but other than that there's not much as far as information goes. There's just ten minutes of vague explanations and euphemisms, along with some rather questionable advice about not getting too hot or cold and "just getting over it" when you feel a tad emotional.
Yeah, that one gave me a sudden urge to grab something stabby too.
If this is how girls back in the 40's learned about their periods, I feel sorry for the poor dears! The reality of it must have come as a bit of a shock if this was their primary source of information before the big event. It's cruel if you ask me. How were they supposed to prepare themselves for the water retention? The cramps? The sudden and inexplicable urge to sob because you can't open the pickle jar? Not to mention the fact that your uterus practically liquefies and falls out!
Bad form, Disney!
Something that really make me giggle, though, was the fact that the film was sponsored by Kotex. They had infomercials back in the 40's. Who knew!