They’ve got themselves into a bloody mess.
The German men behind Pinky Gloves — a product intended to prevent people from getting menstrual blood on their hands while removing tampons or other period products — are being dragged on social media for what many are calling a female body-shaming concept.
“So these dudes designed pink gloves so tampons and pads can be disposed of properly and discretely. I s–t you not. (The text is translated from German),” tweeted OB-GYN Jennifer Gunter along with a translated screenshot of a post on Pinky Gloves’ Instagram.
The post explains that two of the founders met in the army before moving into a “women’s flat” and noticing that “there seems to be no good solution when it comes to disposal of tampons.” It goes on to say their “inventive spirit was awakened” and they decided to come up with a solution — although many are now arguing that the concept, product and methodology are inherently sexist.
“Pinky Gloves (@pinky_gloves on Insta) is a German start-up ran by men who think menstrual blood is unclean and that gloves are necessary when changing tampons or pads. Where do we even begin? There is nothing unhygienic about period blood. This is period shaming,” tweeted period tracking brand Clue in response.
“1. Men use a hand urinating, and are constantly adjusting or otherwise handling their junk 2. Studies show few men wash their hands after using public restrooms,” reads one response to Gunter’s viral tweet. “But sure, men, make and shame women into using female genital gloves because our bodies freak you out. Grow TF up.”
“One of the absolute dumbest things I have ever come across. And to look so incredibly proud of inventing a ‘problem’ to ‘solve,’” reads another.
In response to the backlash, Pinky Gloves issued a statement on Instagram.
“We have not dealt adequately and properly with the subject. That was a big mistake,” the brand wrote, according to a Google translation of it published by the Huffington Post. “We take your feedback very seriously and [will] rethink our product and reflect on the entire history of its creation.”
Pinky Gloves did not immediately return The Post’s request for comment.