Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Man Wore A Maxi Pad So He Could Invent A Cheaper One


When Arunachalam Muruganantham hit a wall in his research on creating a sanitary napkin for poor women, he decided to do what most men typically wouldn’t dream of. He wore one himself--for a whole week.

Fashioning his own menstruating uterus by filling a bladder with goat’s blood, Muruganantham went about his life while wearing women’s underwear, occasionally squeezing the contraption to test out his latest iteration.

It resulted in endless derision and almost destroyed his family. But no one is laughing at him anymore, as the sanitary napkin-making machine he went on to create is transforming the lives of rural women across India.


Good invention or not - I just don't see the logic or the need for him to test it on himself. I don't see why his wife or the tons of other women - who actually do menstruate - couldn't be used for the testing. A man walking around wearing a sanitary napkin is weird enough. Add to that – Walking around with a bladder filled with goat's blood in your pants - occasionally being squeezed !?! That's just sick.

He might have figured out a cheap way of making the sanitary pads, but that doesn't make him less of a freak.

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