UCLA Lecture by Sharra Vostral: Testing Tampons: Toxic Shock Syndrome, Feminist Advocates on Feb 23

Center for the Study of Women

&

Bixby Center on Population and Reproductive Health

&

Institute for Society and Genetics

 

present:

 

TESTING TAMPONS: TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME,

 

FEMINIST ADVOCATES, AND ABSORBENCY STANDARDS

 

 

 

A talk by
SHARRA VOSTRAL (History, Purdue University)

 

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23

4:00 PM

KERCKHOFF GRAND SALON

UCLA

 

RSVP: CSW.UCLA.EDU/VOSTRAL

 

During the 1980s in the aftermath of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), the Centers for Disease Control recommended that women
use the least absorbent tampons possible, yet manufacturers did not label boxes with reliable information. This talk examines the establishment of the Tampon Task Force, the contested “syngina” synthetic vagina lab apparatus to test tampon absorbency, and
the regulation of female-specific tampon technologies. The legacy of these efforts is the standardization of absorbency ratings as well as product labeling, and evidence of the importance of feminist health activists’ involvement within policy negotiations.

 

Part of
FEMINISM + THE SENSES: Sensitivity and Sense Data in an Age of Precarity

 

Supported by the
ESTRIN FAMILY LECTURE SERIES FUND

 

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