While talking with bf during a boring wait in road-works traffic jam, the subject of diaphragms (as in the birth control) came up and bf expressed confusion as to how they worked. With my little knowledge (as I haven't used one, but get the jist) I tried to explain, and upon talking about insertion, he squirmed a little then expressed concern over me and my 'girlie thing' (I have to omit calling it a cup as he is squeamish about all things menstrual and doesn't really want to know what it is or how it works because of that).
I eased his concerns by naming the benefits of my 'girlie thing', without going into detail of how it works. My benefits list included "good for the environment, as it's reusable....like a diaphragm". Even with my bf's squeamish tendencies, liking the cup's re-usability to one of a diaphragm made the information slip under the 'ew' radar with ease, and it got me thinking...
Diaphragms have been quite accepted in today's western society (as far as I'm aware/assume). When talking about cups to others, perhaps get a gauge as to how they accept diaphragms, and maybe approaching the 're-usable' fact of a cup to the re-usable fact of diaphragm may help ease the 'ew' factor for some and get them to ponder a little before totally rejecting it.
It was a thought I had that might help some of you out there, such as those who lead youth or community groups, so I thought I would share. Maybe, if it only helps get a cup-rejectionist mum off some young cup-user's back, then that's good too. :)
Has anyone out there tried such an analogy, and has it worked/failed for you?
(I'm currently travelling the world with bf, so I haven't been around family/friends to tell about my new cuppy travel companion - who has held up very well on this recent Brazilian road trip! Thanks again to all in this community to get me up and going. Second successful cycle so far.)