Glitter is everywhere nowadays. And we're not just talking faces, armpits and bosoms – these sparkly non-biodegradable bits of plastic have become so widely used, they increasingly clog water filtration systems and end up polluting the world's oceans and lakes.
Yes, glitter is an environmental hazard, but now it's creeping into a new and even more concerning territory – our physical health.
A new product on the market, creatively titled Passion Dust Intimacy Capsules, has been making headlines this week for its controversial and potentially dangerous purpose of "adding sparkle and flavor" to a woman's natural vagina fluids.
Glitter bombing your vajayjay – yea or nay?
So what are these intimacy capsules all about? Well, according to online retailer Pretty Woman Inc. which is distributing the product, Passion Dust are pills filled with candy-scented glitter that women should put up their vaginas prior to sexual intercourse. Its official website explains:
"As the capsules become increasingly warmed and moistened by the natural vaginal fluids it will begin to dissolve releasing the sparkling, candy flavored PASSION DUST inside of the capsule."
So basically, it allows you to have sparkling orgasms, much like we imagine Edward Cullen of Twilight does. According to its creator, Lola-Butterflie Von-Kerius, the pill does not "induce or create any physical sensations or physically alter your sexual performance." It also should be perfectly safe... but is it?
Despite the official Passion Dust product page claims the capsules are safe, made of non-toxic and supposedly FDA approved ingredients, doctors around the world are not rushing to get onboard with this new peculiar trend.
Dr. Jen Gunter, a gynecologist from Canada, has published a scathing blog post where she denounces Von Kerius' creation as "shameful slime" and warns women against glitter bombing their private parts. Answering everyone's lingering questions Gunter writes:
"Could the plastic be a nidus for bacteria? Sure. I’ve seen a nasty inflammatory vaginal discharge from sand so this could be a similar setup.
Might the little flakes of plastic produce vaginal wall granulomas? They could.
If it isn’t plastic and it’s sugar, well, depositing sugar in the vagina lets the bad bacteria go wild.
Could the vehicle be an irritant and cause a vaginal contact dermatitis? Yes and ouch. Think vaginal sunburn!"
Eesh... doesn't sound appealing now does it? Gunter also mentions the glitter capsules could increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections and, not to be overlooked – she aptly pinpoints the absurdity of this product as it once again shames women into thinking their natural bodies aren't enough.
The creator of Passion Dust Intimacy Capsules doesn't believe her critics, however, and confidently stands behind her creation. If you ask us, much like the vagina lipstick coined by some genius from Kansas, this hooha glitter bomb sounds like a bad and pointless idea.