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Testing tampons: Toxic Shock Syndrome, Feminist Advocates, And Absorbency Standards

During the 1980s in the aftermath of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), the Centers for Disease Control recommended that women use the least absorbent tampons possible, yet manufacturers did not label boxes with reliable information.  This talk examines the establishment of the Tampon Task Force, the contested “syngina" synthetic vagina lab apparatus to test tampon absorbency, and the regulation of female-specific tampon technologies.   The legacy of these efforts is the standardization of absorbency ratings as well as product labeling, and evidence of the importance of feminist health activists' involvement within policy negotiations.


Wednesday March 22, 2017 12:00 PM
Wednesday March 22, 2017 01:00 PM
Campus Center, CE 307
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