Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Social Stylin’ Roundtable for U by Kotex Get With Generation Know campaign. Generation Know dares to change and challenge the world’s view on periods, vaginas, and females in general. Kotex ambassadors Dr. Vanessa Schick and Kat Lazo led the discussion about everything under the sun.
The day began with breakfast and hair and makeup by The House of Makeup. We were in full glam mode especially with our awesome eyelashes. After our glam session, it was time for the photo shoot. The photographer AJ was so funny and it was great shooting with him.
After the morning rundown, we set up for the reason we all gathered together that day, to have girl talk. This was such an amazing experience. The panel consisted of 12 bloggers (Caitlin Boyle-moderator) and 2 Kotex Ambassadors (Dr. Vanessa Schick and Kat Lazo). Although it was a little nerve racking with the camera, we covered so many topics from the media’s portrayal of women, the role of social media and self-image, the myths behind periods, and so much more. I don’t think I’ve said the word vagina so much ever in life! It was a little strange at first, but by lunch the strange feeling had subsided. It was great to talk and share our ideas without any fears or judgment. We shared our most embarrassing stories and even the nicknames that we have for vaginas. Thanks to Oprah, va-jay-jay, is very popular.
After our roundtable discussion we had an amazing three-course luncheon. It began with a Mediterranean chopped salad that looked to good to eat, but we all know that bloggers love to eat. Next, for the non-vegetarians, we had grilled brussels sprouts, grilled chicken breast, and scalloped potatoes. Lastly, for dessert we had a chocolate caramel pastry with blueberries. Just thinking about the food makes me want to find the chef who created such delectable dishes.
Once lunch we finished lunch, instagramming photos from our lunch, and catching up on social media, we had small group discussions to go further in to the conversation. We continued talking about busting myths, breaking the silence, and changing the message surrounding the female body and periods. These interviews were very candid and heart felt.
One thing that I took away from this day was the need to keeping the youth informed. Many girls find out information about their bodies from their peers or the media. Often times, this information is incorrect and misleading. We need to take more of a proactive approach with sharing our knowledge with the younger generation. It is a terrible feeling going around misinformed, so to protect the younger generation and ourselves we have to SPEAK UP and SPEAK OUT. We can’t be afraid to talk about what was once a taboo topic. That is the only way to break the silence. We have to share our knowledge and change the stigma surrounding females, vaginas, periods and more.
Brand Statement U by Kotex Brand is committed to empowering girls to change the way the world thinks about periods and vaginas through Generation Know, the first generation of girls comfortable asking questions, gaining real knowledge and spreading information about their health and bodies to others. To get the facts, learn how to make a difference and get a free Generation Know bracelet to symbolize your commitment, visit www.GenerationKnow.com. For every girl that joins, U by Kotex brand will donate to Girls For A Change to continue to create change.