Target Women: Number Two

Sarah Haskins for President!

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  1. Katie
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Darn it, now I have to refer back to the first one on cleaning- I just laughed so hard that I knocked coffee all over my desk!

  2. T-Monster
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    “Hey, what took you so long?”
    “…Makeup.”
    Sarah Haskins always brightens up my day. :)

  3. Posted October 8, 2008 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I attended an all women’s college and the denial of poop was crazy. Ladies wouldn’t poop if someone was in the bathroom with them – we lived on a floor with 20 other women, so getting the bathroom all to yourself was a bit difficult. I always felt I had better things to worry about. Poop and forget it was my motto.

  4. Kate
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Ahaha, Cora D, I remember that well! My college wasn’t all female, but my floor was and women would always wait patiently for me to leave before they’d start their business. It’s ridiculous!
    Sarah is brilliant for bringing this up, because it’s amazing how much more free with their natural functions men are than women. They can laugh about it, women have to hide it– which is impossible, because obviously, we shit too. It’s so much easier to just be like, “Yeah, I’m going to the bathroom and bringing a book! You do the math!” than trying to covertly sneak away.

  5. FrumiousB
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Poop denial is one societal message that I am glad I never heard. I don’t broadcast my bathroom activities, but when nature calls, I answer, and I don’t worry about whose bathroom I am in or who is in the next stall.

  6. rumble
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Ahahaha. Amazing.
    I remember once when I was sixteen, I was having a conversation with a guy I absolutely adored and another girl. Out of the blue, he asks, “Do women fart? Do you fart?” And I started laughing and was about to go into this long discussion about it being a biological function and a product of bacteria in your intestines. I glance at the other girl to share my amusement and she blurts out, “No, never.” So the guy turns to me and I freeze. I don’t want to be the only girl he knows who farts. “Do you fart,” he asks. “No,” I meekly reply. He nodded contently and moved on in the conversation.
    and that was that.

  7. rumble
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Ahahaha. Amazing.
    I remember once when I was sixteen, I was having a conversation with a guy I absolutely adored and another girl. Out of the blue, he asks, “Do women fart? Do you fart?” And I start laughing and am about to go into this long discussion about it being a biological function and a product of bacteria in your intestines. I glance at the other girl to share my amusement and she blurts out, “No, never.” So the guy turns to me and I freeze. I don’t want to be the only girl he knows who farts. “Do you fart,” he asks. “No,” I meekly reply. He nods contently and moves on in the conversation.
    and that was that.

  8. wax_ghost
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    To be fair, I think the reason so many of these commercials are aimed at women is because women are more likely to be diagnose with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, for which the best non-drug treatment is an increase in fiber and that extra fiber can be really hard to get in our fast food/junk food world. I’m sure there might be socially conditioned reasons for the fact that more women than men come down with it, but it’s understandable for now that more of this marketing would go toward women – and, I think, commendable that they actually recognize a medical problem that effects women more than men.
    And yes, I am one of those women with IBS.
    I did like her point about not talking about the fact that we poop, though. It’s really hard to deal with IBS when you can’t even talk about it.

  9. Femimax
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    At our house we don’t really have a concept of privacy for anything– except changing clothes, that is. There are three bathrooms and five people, and all of the doors are almost always open.
    As a kid I was perfectly okay with being in public bathrooms with tonnes of other women, but since I went through my awkward teenager phase, I’ve had a bit more “performance anxiety”, if you catch my drift.
    It’s stupid that it exists but it *does*.

  10. ShelbyWoo
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Darn it! I have to wait to get home to watch this. Love Sarah Haskins.
    I hear folks on the “poop denial” that a lot women experience. I am half in denial, I guess. I poop – I don’t have a problem admitting it, I do have a problem doing it when someone else is in the bathroom and in public restrooms (I will go in a public restroom if I have to, but I don’t like it). For example, I can talk to my husband while I am pooping but only if he stays out of eyesight. I don’t like to be in the bathroom when someone else is pooping, either.
    Ok, now I really want to watch this clip!

  11. tigra
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    haha I like her :)

  12. ShelbyWoo
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    To be fair, I think the reason so many of these commercials are aimed at women is because women are more likely to be diagnose with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    I hear you waxghost, but this kind of stuff was aimed at women long before IBS came to the forefront. I rarely remember commercials for “irregularity” geared towards men. I would love for these companies to be genuinely concerned for women’s health, but, considering the history, I just don’t think that’s the case.
    On IBS: Do you think that IBS becoming widely recognized as a real disorder has made it a little easier for women to talk about pooping? I’ve had several conversations with friends about it and IBS is generally the catalyst (I also suffer from IBS).

  13. uberhausfrau
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    i wonder if this is a recent phenomenon. my grandmother was a bit obsessive about whether or not i had a “BM.” also, anyone recall the disney period youtube posted in community? even then, they were mentioning the importance to staying regular.

  14. wax_ghost
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    ShelbyWoo, in my experience, it has actually made it harder for me to talk about bowel movements, but I don’t necessarily consider myself an example of the average (I don’t even have any close female friends), so I’m really not sure.

  15. Qwerty
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    She didn’t wash her hands after pooping. Shame on her.

  16. bislnae
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Sarah Haskins talking about poop. FINALLY!

  17. Liz M
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I used to be SUCH a stereotypical female when it came to this stuff – farting, pooping, even burping was a problem for me. Then I met my current boyfriend. He is SO comfortable with this stuff it’s not even funny, but he’s also an incredibly considerate person so at first he never farted or made poop jokes around me because he knew it made me uncomfortable. Then one day I accidentally farted in front of him – and not only did he not care AT ALL, he called it “cute” because it was so small. After that I slowly grew more comfortable with the idea of doing that around him, and now, we pretty much fart freely around each other, laugh at particularly loud ones, and tell poop jokes all the time. If someone had told me I’d be this comfortable with this stuff even a year ago, I wouldn’t have believed you. Now it all seems so silly!
    Seriously, all women (and some guys, I’m sure) should be liberated from caring – it’s amaaaaaaazing! :)

  18. brodyrocks
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    LMAO!! Will someone PLEASE get Sara her own show already?!

  19. Desiree
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    hahaha! that was great!

  20. Gnatalby
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    God I love her.
    I have poop denial problems. It took three years for me to be comfortable enough with my now ex-boyfriend to poop at his house, and even then I felt hugely uncomfortable about it.
    As it is, it’s definitely a metric of how close I feel to a friend if I can talk about it with them or like, do it and not lie about it.

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