Want to feel like a virgin again Cream for 'vaginal tightening' sparks controversy…and its excruciating advert will make you cringe
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11:24 GMT, 15 August 2012
The company claims their product 'empowers women', but plenty of women disagree.
The launch of a new 'vaginal tightening and rejuvenating cream' by an Indian pharmaceutical company has sparked fury among the fairer sex.
Not only have women voiced the opinion on Twitter that 18 Again was created by Ultratech purely to cash in on female insecurities, but many are have criticised the accompanying TV advert.
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The advert for 18 Again involves a woman dancing seductively around her husband, repeatedly singing the line 'Ooh, I feel like a virgin'
18 Again promises to make a woman 'feel like a virgin'
The awkward commercial, set in an extended family household, involves a woman dancing around the internal courtyard with her husband.
She repeatedly sings lines borrowed and from Madonna's Like A Virgin (but given a Bollywood makeover), including 'ooh, I feel
like a virgin' and 'it feels like the first time'.
Her husband grabs her waist and warbles 'oh, yes it's true' while an elderly couple of parents look on, seemingly aghast.
The film ends with a shot of the product, then a clip of the intrigued elderly couple apparently using the internet to order some of the cream for themselves.
Rishi Bhatia, chairman and managing director of Ultratech India, said: '18 Again is a first-of-its-kind product for women in India.
product is being launched in India post clinical trials conducted
among women of all age groups under dermatological control.
has the power and the potential to break the shackles and redefine the
meaning of women empowerment altogether.'
Priti Nair, director of Curry-Nation, the creative agency behind the advert, said: 'This is a one-of-a-kind women-centric
product, and the idea is to create a demand for such a product in the
'Since the product is targeted towards concerns that are
not usually talked about publicly, the challenges of creating a campaign
for this is also higher.
'Since the the product is primarily targeted at
housewives with children, we wanted to create a film that is tasteful
A woman dances with her husband in the advert for 18 Again, the 'vaginal tightening' gel from Ultratech
According to online Indian news magazine Tehelka.com, Curry-Nation's
account manager Nagessh Pannaswami has said that a tighter vagina is
empowering because 'it's not just about sexual pleasure, but also about
preventing infection, discharge, urinary incontinence, and making older
women feel good'.
But Professor Nivedita Menon of the Jawaharlal Nehru University,
condemns the product, saying he finds the idea both 'hilarious and
He says: 'The perversity of it all lies in the fact that the gel will
be sold as a health issue, as something women “should” do to take
better care of their bodies.'
At the end of the advert an elderly couple are seen using a computer, inferring that they are ordering some cream top spice up their own sex lives
Twitter users have taken to the social networking site to condemn both the cream and the advert.
A user named Parmesh Shahani tweets: 'Astounded that @18Again and #WomenOnTop campaign promotes “India's first natural vaginal tightening and rejeuventation gel” as “empowerment”.'
Ram Cobin writes: 'A vaginal tightening gel. With a tastefully done, clutter-breaking idea “Feel like a virgin”. This is advertising in progressive India. Argh.'
Twitter users have taken to the social networking site to bemoan the new tool for 'female empowerment'
The vaginal tightening cream furore follows an earlier one in April, which came about after the A feminine hygiene product launched in India which promises to 'brighten' skin around the vagina is causing widespread controversy.
A 25-second TV advert for Clean & Dry Intimate Wash, advertised on prime time television, showed a woman using the product to lighten her vagina to please her man.
The product also attracted condemnation on Twitter and blogging sites, with one (male) user branding it 'the ultimate insult', and others bemoaning the extent of discrimination against darker skin tones.
A still from the Indian advert for vaginal lightening cream Clean & Dry
The advertising strapline for the product was: 'Life for women will now be fresher, cleaner and more importantly fairer and more intimate.'
The product was seen by many in India as a sad indictment of discrimination against darker skin within the social caste system.
Columnist Laskhmi Chaudry lambasted the product in her blog, writing: 'The campaign to eliminate the scourge of darkness has extended to every nook and cranny of a woman’s body.'