I’ve always been one to use my life in my work. Some of the time I tell stories about what’s happened to me in the hopes of providing entertainment to my listeners. Some of the time I tell stories because I think my story will resonate with someone listening and perhaps it will soothe, empower, boost, provoke, or make some other impact (is that too a form of entertainment?!).
In the case of my telling the (true) story of the impromptu hide and go seek game I had to play with a tampon a few days ago, I believed telling that story would entertain, inform, and perhaps even soothe another who felt like she was the only one to experience such a not at all bizarre yet seemingly bizarre circumstance.
I did not anticipate listener Janet’ s level of displeasure.
From listener Janet:
“I cannot believe you spoke on XM Radio about searching inside your vagina with your finger for a lost tampon during menstruation. Such personal physical experiences are ones that well-mannered, mature women have kept to themselves or shared only with a close friend or spouse. Telling hundreds of strangers in a public format is extremely unprofessional and immature. I cannot imagine you or any other woman wanting to paint a picture of yourself in such an unattractive position; nor can I imagine listeners wanting to envision you in that situation. I realize, and regret, that today’s entertainment has increasingly become cruder and more and more uncouth about many things that were previously considered private; however, for the most part, TV, movies, and music are not true, personal stories about real people. You, on the other hand, related something very personal about yourself, and an image was created in our minds of your doing something very private and personal. Your story was beyond crude and the image presented was gross. Way, way too much information, Jenny.”
Well, kudos to listener Janet for such a well written expression of disdain.
I understand her point.
But I believe the more information given, the better!
I love open conversations- even the ones that make me cringe.
And I feel really good about the job I did telling that story since my words created such powerful imagery!
Most importantly, I am thankful I do not have a hidden tampon in me right now.
here’s the audio from that show…
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