Cultural Object of the Week: The Tampon Stun Gun

November 19, 2009

Yep, you read that correctly, there is a stun gun that exists that is shaped like a couple of tampons.

The Pink Stinger

The stun gun, named “The Pink Stinger,” was created for women who wish to carry a stun gun, but do so discreetly. It as 50,000 volts of power.

My initial response to this object was “awesome.” However, having thought about it a little bit more, I’m not quite sure how I feel about it, other than that it certainly is interesting.

What do you think of the tampon stun gun?

Is it taking a women’s product and making is powerful, thus empowering women? Or, is it reinforcing negative stereotypes of women being “crazy” while menstruating? It openly acknowledges the fact that women are more likely than men to be the consumers who purchase stun guns, which opens up discussion about rape, sexual assault, and gender.


Source:Inventor Spot

Cultural Object of the Week: Goodbye Makeup, Hello LED Eyelashes

October 28, 2009

I am so excited about this cultural object.  Japanese designer Soomi Park has created the weirdest thing I’ve seen in awhile–LED eyelashes. They were created in order create the illusion of bigger eyes, a trait many Asian women would like to have, according to Park.

There is some speculation that they LED eyelashes were created to spark social commentary on marketing towards very specific demographics.

What do you think they say about our cultural fascination with certain traits? Do you think they are a realistic fashion trend? Do you think you can see while you’re wearing them?

I expect to see Lady Gaga wearing them sometime soon.

Sources: Gizmodo, FashionTechnology

Cultural Object of the Week: Geeky Drinks

October 22, 2009

Hey all, this is going to be a quick one, because I have class soon… But as I was doing my morning blog reading (kind of like how some people read the newspaper, I suppose… most of the blogs I read are listed on the right), I came across a post by Topless Robot about new mugs that World of Warcraft is coming out with for its 11 million+ active players to buy. Anyway, it reminded me of a few other drinks for geeks I’ve seen over the past couple months, including these.

Blood Energy Potion: this one is trendy because it “nice” vampires are very cool right now. By “nice” I mean vampires that don’t eat people. With this energy drink you can pretend to BE one of those vampires, as it comes in an IV bag. So, if you like Twilight, Buffy, or Tru Blood, this may be for you. It tastes like fruit punch.

Oh, and if you don’t like that, you can buy Official Tru Blood, that’s right, because we live in a society where if you want to drink fake blood, you have options.

Dungeons and Dragons Jones Soda: I have to preface this with, I think this  is awesome. Marketed toward DnD players (and probably others who play RPGs, such as World of Warcraft), geeks can now buy drinks such as “sneak attack” or “healing potion.”

What do you think about these items as cultural objects? What do they say about our society’s interest in fantasy/horror/fiction? Do we market things like this toward mainstream culture, or do novelty drinks remain only in geek-marketing territory?