It started when I was approached for a blog campaign to tout wearing no underpants. That’s right: going commando. The post was sponsored by a toilet paper company that wanted to tout the cleaning power of their product.
No, I’m not kidding. The idea of blogging about this made me squirm. It was…not dignified, for one thing. But for another, it just wasn’t important enough for me to blog about. Not important to me or important to the world. I couldn’t imagine subjecting my readers to a post like this, no matter how much I was being paid. And the truth is, the idea of going commando sounds unsanitary to me. I saw lots of posts promoting this, mostly by younger bloggers, and then the campaign petered out. Thankfully.
And then, not too long ago, I was offered an opportunity to tout a feminine product on my blog. It was a quality product by a company I respect. Under ordinary circumstances, I’d consider it. But this particular campaign required bloggers to come up with unique ways to use feminine pads and tampons. Like, perhaps, weaving them into jewelry. Or making an artificial flower arrangement with them. Or a cat toy. How about a monogrammed front door mat?
If I saw my cat playing with a tampon? Oh, I can’t even imagine it. I mean, WHY? And who in their right mind would put out a front door mat made of sanitary pads?
That’s right. No one. Not anyone mature, anyway.
Now, I have to say that asking women to come up with clever alternative uses for feminine products may have sounded like a good idea in the marketing brainstorming meeting, but in my opinion it infantilizes women and disrespects their intelligence.
The only reason bloggers are doing this is the money and the fact that they’ve lost sight of their dignity.
the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.
“a man of dignity and unbending principle”
a composed or serious manner or style.
“she wrote about weaving bracelets out of sanitary pads with great dignity…NOT.”
a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect.
“it was beneath her dignity to make a front door mat out of period pads”
Now, it’s no surprise to me that some bloggers have lost sight of their dignity: there are so few role models today. There are, however, so MANY role models for the opposite of dignity.
Is Donald Trump dignified? Nancy Grace? Ann Coulter? Sarah Palin? How about the…K family? I won’t go on, but I could and so could you.
So let me ask bloggers and writers: Would you want a serious editor to see that post? The one on which they assess the quality of your work?
Here’s some writing advice: If you are a blogger asked to participate in one of these ridiculous campaigns, my advice to you is JUST SAY NO. Find a paying campaign that doesn’t make you out to be an idiot. One that you’d be proud to show an editor.
And if you’re about to say that it’s all about the money, the bigger question I have for you is this:
What’s your dignity worth to you?