Why we think the Pinky Glove is completely unnecessary and discriminatory.
On Monday, a very interesting product was presented in the TV show “Die Höhle der Löwen“. The pinky glove- a period product. With this item, the two “inventors” André and Eugen have found a solution to an alleged problem for women. After being presented with this, Juror Ralf Dümmel agreed that women need support with the disposing of their period products. He in turn financed the start-up with 30,000 euros. What the …?!
What is this pinky glove supposed to be used for?
On the founder’s website, we found out that the two of them lived in a shared flat after their career in the Bundeswehr and have therefore become absolute experts on women. Since the two could not defy their helping nature, they invented the Pinky glove. The menstrual glove is designed to help women dispose of their tampons or pads hygienically and discreetly. The product is designed in such a way that, for example, a tampon can be removed with the glove, turned inside out, and sealed with an adhesive strip. This should avoid unpleasant situations. So if a woman is unsure how or where to dispose of her period product, the Pinky disposable glove should help and is therefore “good for the sewer and good for you”.
These aspects make the pinky glove unnecessary and retrograde
- The Pinky Glove is not particularly environmentally friendly. Using a disposable glove that is also wrapped in plastic for the disposal and application of a disposable period product simply means more unnecessary waste.
- Then there is the price, which is absolutely overpriced. 48 Pinky Gloves cost € 11.96, while 100 conventional disposable gloves cost around € 15.00. This price is not really justified and conveys that women have to pay more again in order not to trigger anyone with their period.
- The name Pinky Gloves suggests that women naturally love the color pink and then automatically find a product appealing. We are of the opinion that this cliché no longer needs to be served in 2021.
- All marketing is aimed at women. But not only women menstruate and need period products!
What bothers us most about this product is that André and Eugen suggest that they are solving a problem that very few menstruating people perceive as such. Why does menstruation have to take place quietly and secretly? If a man or a non-menstruating person has a problem seeing period products in a trash can, the cause is certainly not with women. The Pinky Glove promotes stigmatization and taboos during periods – and that’s problematic. Menstruation and period blood should not be portrayed as unsanitary or unclean. Menstruating people should be able to shamelessly use their favorite items and not have to hide.
What we can take away from this debacle:
It would be nice if more men came to grips with the REAL problems women face.
Menstruation is not gross or unsanitary!
Not only women menstruate and not all women menstruate.
Women don’t need a plastic glove for your period.
One can decide for yourself how you deal with your own period.
We’ll show you companies that manufacture significantly more advanced period products HERE.
Translated by: Cheyenne Müller