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13 January 2009 @ 10:37 pm
Please see the reply from "directorgirl" at http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/1448521.html?thread=15561801#t15561801 for news about the Alicia cups.
ladycontentladycontent on January 14th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
Ok... I'm really confused. According to a post by elizabby a few days back (sorry I don't know how to copy usernames!), this is the reason why the cups come in so many sizes:

"4) She wants to make the extra-small and extra-large cups because she says that in the 3rd world where women squat their pelvic floors are tighter, and after lots and lots of babies their pelvic floors can be looser, and she wants to cover all the bases"

This cup, or pod, or whatever the heck it is, is getting more and more confusing by the day!!
Kai: pic#77976566kuradi8 on January 14th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Sorry gang, that was the WRONG LINK.

And the post seems to have been deleted from the thread.

Quoting "directorgirl" from my email notification:

Hi all. Had another reply re my enquiry on the alicia cup. I am pasting in the reply from samantha backman.

"The reason I am not know is I am only selling to 3rd world governments and charities for 3rd world women in need.
The reason for site saying first new product in 40 years is for this market. To these women that is how it is and they have never heard of others.
I have papers looking at site to inform the 3rd word market, hence that is the story for them.
I am not really interested in western world, so hence done no marketing into it at all.
I have a medical background and am all about stopping infections with these women who suffer much from poor quality menstrual products let alone a cost they cannot afford, hence it saves the governments to purchase from me instead of buying products monthly or treating problems.

newselenenewselene on January 14th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
Developing countries or not, people should not be given altered facts (1st new product in 40 years?). How empowering is that for women to be kept in the dark?
The real history of the cup starting 70 years ago is a major factor in how strong I fell about the cup, how much I want to tell about it and how frustrated I am to only hear about it after more than 20 years of disposable products.
elizabbyelizabby on January 14th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Since this cup will apparently not be generally available and she is only selling it through aid agencies to third world governments (her words not mine) then I don't see much point in discussing it in this community.

Personally, I think the whole thing isn't a very well-thought out idea anyway. I think we should concentrate on helping people use the cups that *are* available to us Western women! ;)
maid_of_milomaid_of_milo on January 14th, 2009 08:49 am (UTC)
I must say, altho I'm not interested in buying one, my curiousity is piqued tho as to what it looks like in 'real life', ha, esp as quite a few of those 'testimonials' are right where I live and work (Palm Beach/Burleigh)..resist the urge to track them down... :-'. AND I'm pretty sure I've served Samantha Backman at my work! She just looks way too familiar and her 'story' is so similiar to the person I'm thinking was her it's just uncanny if it's not her..