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To market to market [Jul. 5th, 2013|09:08 pm]
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I'm having a "veg on the couch" kind of day. Indulging my "squee, wedding!" silliness with hours of TLC on in the background. ("I Found the Gown" and "Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids" -- no, I'm not proud. And not proud.)

But just now there was an ad for Cottonelle Moist Wipes. In which it was explained that one cannot be "really clean" without a moist wipe.

Wow. Just think of all the centuries of "not really clean" humans that have managed to survive. How did we manage?

I know that these products have to seek new market all the time. But watching this ad, in which a woman climbs in the shower, fully clothed, and shows how you can't wash without water? The absurdity just cracked me up.

I hope that this will be a non-starter. Please, America, don't be this dumb.
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2013-07-06 01:35 am (UTC)

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Even though I'm such a Type A person, I've come to realize how valuable it is to veg sometimes, although it's not my default setting.

I've wondered how many times people did actually die because of poor sanitation or personal hygiene. I realize that we probably overdo it nowadays but there is no way I could stand to be around people from centuries gone by. I keep meaning to check out the history of clean book Ferrett reviewed. I do think there is a logical, even objective, case to be made for personal hygiene apart from cultural norms. If you keep your skin clean of build up on a regular basis, I think it does help your health.
[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2013-07-06 05:29 am (UTC)

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My parents still remember siblings who died of "summer complaint," which was their word for food poisoning. It's only in the last few decades we've grown to understand safe food handling.
[User Picture]From: hippie_mamabear
2013-07-06 02:17 am (UTC)

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Haha, yeah, how has the human race managed to keep clean before disposable products??? How did baby bottoms stay dry before super-absorbent gel-filled diapers, and how did women manage to keep menstrual fluids from running down their legs before chemical-laden, scented and sterilized disposable tampons?? Oh yeah..cloth. But who wants cheap, reusable, and environmentally responsible?
[User Picture]From: tfcocs
2013-07-06 02:57 am (UTC)

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Alas, some people are... albeit it might be a good option for the incontinent or the infirm.
[User Picture]From: aiela
2013-07-06 03:53 am (UTC)

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This, I think. Lots of times, products aimed at the elderly or infirm are advertised as for "everyperson" because people don't want to think that they need them _because_ they are elderly and/or infirm.

[User Picture]From: tfcocs
2013-07-06 04:00 am (UTC)

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AMEN. This is especially true, IMHO, in light of the aging of the Baby Boomers.
[User Picture]From: delosd
2013-07-06 04:31 am (UTC)

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Your not REALLY clean unless you have a self-perpetuating army of nanobots living on your skin and constantly removing dirt, dead cells, and sweat on a molecular level. Now *that's* clean!
[User Picture]From: chess
2013-07-06 09:31 am (UTC)

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Yeah, I suspect future generations will be horrified that we suffered with skin infections all the time (spots!) and somehow _wiped_ ourselves with things to become clean rather than having autonomous cleaning clouds...
[User Picture]From: wednes
2013-07-06 06:48 am (UTC)

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I watched tons of Bridezillas before I got married. That show was so wild, because they always had one white trash bride, and everyone was terrible. Then once, they had a nice bride with an insufferable daughter who was totally jealous her mom was getting married.

[User Picture]From: ba1126
2013-07-06 10:55 am (UTC)

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Oh yeah, they have always played to our insecurities! Growing up, everyone (in the 50's) assumed a bath once a week was sufficient for most people, assuming you weren't like a sewer worker or sanitation man. Now the soap industry has convinced most people that a shower every day is a necessity.
[User Picture]From: ba1126
2013-07-06 11:16 am (UTC)

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The two kids I nanny go to a lake most days in the Summer to swim and sail. They come home and insist they need a shower to "wash off the lake water"!!! The water is tested weekly by the staff and also the town, and only once in 15 years have I known it to NOT pass the tests (a particular excessive hot week caused an algae bloom). Meanwhile, as a kid, we swam every sunny day at our cottage and THAT was our bath/shower, as our cottage didn't have one!! Sometimes I wonder if being TOO clean, prevents the immune system from knowing how to fight germs!!
[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2013-07-09 11:10 pm (UTC)

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It is proven that being TOO clean does prevent the immune system from fighting germs. Look up science articles and they will tell parents that hand washing is important, but to let their kids play in the dirt and get dirty.

There's also the fact that picking your nose and eating your boogers is healthy to help your body be immune! (Just be polite and do it in private; wash your hands afterwards.)
[User Picture]From: ba1126
2013-07-10 05:47 pm (UTC)

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I used to do that as a kid!!No one ever knew, because I only did it when I was alone!! Good to know it was good for me!!LOL!!
[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2013-07-06 05:16 pm (UTC)

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it's very important to just do nothing from time to time.
From: anonymousalex
2013-07-06 06:31 pm (UTC)

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You have inspired me to sit my ass on the couch, too. Okay, so that was also my plan before. But no brides for me; I have discovered Deadwood.

As for "moist wipes," while they strike me as overkill for everyday use, they do have their place even for the generally healthy. One can get a bit irritated, for example, when one is somewhat dyspeptic.

-Alex
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-07-07 01:52 am (UTC)

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Well, sure, but this is trying to sell it for every day use.