Courteney Cox rose to fame for her role as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, which aired from 1994 to 2004. But before that, she was part of many other small projects. One such project was a Tampon Commercial.
The term “period” was not used on American television until 1985. However, Courteney Cox, a 21-year-old who appeared in a Tampax ad, deserves credit for being the first person to say “period” on American television.
In the advertisement, she is seen wearing tights and a bodysuit, sporting the era’s hairstyle and working in a gym, maybe getting ready to do the 1980s-style aerobics. She says:
“Do you change your life for one weak because of that time of the month, still using pads? Then let me talk to you straight Tampax can change the way you feel about that time. Tampax tampons protect differently than a pad, so you feel cleaner, and feeling cleaner is more comfortable.”
Well, I don’t need to quote the whole thing. You can watch it for yourself:
At age 58, she put on her leg warmers once more and reenacted the commercial, this time speaking about Menopause rather than menstruation. She says:
Did your life completely change because of Menopause? Still, getting hot flashes? Let me tell it to you straight. Menopause will change the way you feel about getting older. Menopause will eat you alive. It’s horrible. Nothing else can do that.
Courteney Cox has already used her social media platforms to communicate a humorous message. She recently made fun of a comment made by rapper Kanye West.