Created By: youngcosette on May 25, 2010 Last Edited By: youngcosette on May 25, 2010
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Alice just started her period and has run out of tampons. She is busy so she nonchalantly asks Bob, her boyfriend to get them for her. Bob just stares in horror. Alice explains that she can't go, but she needs them as soon as possible so he would have to get them. Bob freaks out as he embarks on the most horrifying journey to the store that he will EVER have to face: the Tampon Run.

Played for Laughs, this trope exemplifies just how much of a big deal men stereotypically make out of the period. For whatever reason, this naturally occurring event and the purchasing of products to ease the process is this most terrifying thing in the world for individuals with the Y chromosome. They may be seen talking to himself, shouting to nobody in particular upon finding out that "they come in sizes?!?!?!", and trying to hide it. Men might try to play it off by asking if they come in larger sizes. Bonus points if he sees another guy in the same boat or if the sales clerk calls for a price check effectively announcing to the whole store that Bob is buying tampons.

Compare to Wacky Cravings where it is also often exaggerated by the husbands or if the writers are guys and to Menstrual Menace where the poor unfortunate guy is being sent on the errand because his female counterpart is an evil conniving bitch.

Examples

  • As many men can tell you, this is quite common in Real Life.
  • Averted brilliantly in this commercial for Libra Tampons.
  • South Park when Stan's sister made them go get her some tampons when they were trying to watch "Russell Crowe Fighting 'Round the World" in order to see the trailer for the new Terrence & Philip movie.
  • Blossom did it to herself when she had to go buy tampons for the first time. She chickened out when she saw that a Cute Boy from school was the clerk.
  • In The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, Bullock says a line something like "If you don't go along with this, everything you've been through, all those late-night tampax runs, will have been for nothing."
  • King of the Hill, Hank is forced to do this for Connie, the next-door-neighbor girl because her parents and his wife are away.
  • Bill Engval did a routine about getting pads for his daughter, since his wife couldn't get them that day. Of course Hilarity Ensued.
  • Ubykotex lampshaded this in a recent commercial found here where men would rather watch her bike than buy her tampons.
  • Jeff Dunham made a joke about this once.
    I'm coming down the stairs and I find a large box. I recognized this box because I had been forced to purchase it. And at the time, I bought the largest one I could possibly find, so that I wouldn't have to go through that again any time soon. In fact, if they had a silo full of those suckers, I would have dragged that home behind the truck. Big pink silo: Always.
  • This happens in the French movie L'enqueteCorse, in which one of the insurgents needs a tampon to make a fuse. So he goes in the pharmacy, blushes and stutters his way to asking the counter girl for a box of tampons, then she asks if he needs regular or super-absorbing. Of course he's made even more nervous and finally lets out that it's for a slow-burning fuse, at which point she tells him which one to use. (This being the Theme Park Version of Corsica, where dropping non-fatal bombs for independance is a daily occurence and can identify, by sound alone, where a bomb went off, how much and what kind of explosive was used.)
  • A fancomic by Black Lillian on DeviantArt depicts members of Organization XIII at the supermarket and demonstrates this trope quite nicely with a little spin to include condoms as well.
  • In this scene from Ten Inch Hero, Priestly at first humorously demonstrates this trope, but then recovers quite nicely when confronted by other guys.
  • A Dr. Pepper commercial, set to I Will Do Anything For Love, had this among a montage of embarrassing things the guy would do for his girlfriend. For the curious: The "But I won't do that" part was sharing the soda with her.
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • March 23, 2010
    archaicchaos
    In The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, Bullock says a line something like "If you don't go along with this, everything you've been through, all those late-night tampax runs, will have been for nothing."
  • March 23, 2010
    randomsurfer
    • South Park when Stan's sister made them go get her some tampons when they were trying to watch "Russell Crowe Fighting 'Round the World" in order to see the trailer for the new Terrence & Philip movie.
    • Blossom did it to herself when she had to go buy tampons for the first time. She chickened out when she saw that a Cute Boy from school was the clerk.
  • March 24, 2010
    foxley
    Expect a joke about the clueless male asking if they come in a larger size (to make himself look better).
  • March 24, 2010
    Chabal2
    This happens in the French movie L'enqueteCorse, in which one of the insurgents needs a tampon to make a fuse. So he goes in the pharmacy, blushes and stutters his way to asking the counter girl for a box of tampons, then she asks if he needs regular or super-absorbing. Of course he's made even more nervous and finally lets out that it's for a slow-burning fuse, at which point she tells him which one to use. (This being the Theme Park Version of Corsica, where dropping non-fatal bombs for independance is a daily occurence and can identify, by sound alone, where a bomb went off, how much and what kind of explosive was used.)
  • March 24, 2010
    deathjavu
    Hey now, this could just as easily go the other way with a girl getting something embarrassing for a guy...right?
  • March 24, 2010
    youngcosette
    Well yah, but what I wanted to get at though was that (based on what I've seen and my experiences at least) men seemed much more visibly (and vocally) bothered when getting something of this nature for the opposite sex. Of course it's embarrassing for girls to get condoms for example, but you don't HEAR about that in the media a lot. Again that could be just me. I just thought that the because you get this most often and most extreme with men, being male was significant.
  • March 24, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Plus stereotypically it's the women who do the shopping, so they'd be more used to buying stuff generally and if necessary more able to hide it in a pile of less embarassing things.

    Played With in a Simpsons episode where Homer trys to buy some illegal fireworks from a general store and he hides them by announing his "less embarassing" purchases loudly.
    Um, let me have one of those porno magazines, large box of condoms, a bottle of Old Harper, a couple of those pantyshields, and some illegal fireworks and one of those disposable enemas. Nah, make it two. [1]
  • April 20, 2010
    Sackett
    More often I've seen the version where the guy who is willing to go get tampons gets praised by other women who comment that "I wish I had a boyfriend like that".

    Since the guy is typically not the boyfriend this is used as a way to put him in a new light for the girl, who then reconsiders her assessment of him as a loser. Plus triggering a He Is Not My Boyfriend moment
  • April 21, 2010
    LoopyChew
    Played with in This Bash quote.
  • April 21, 2010
    SKJAM
    King Of The Hill, Hank is forced to do this for Connie, the next-door-neighbor girl because her parents and his wife are away.
  • April 22, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Bill Engval did a routine about getting pads for his daughter, since his wife couldn't get them that day. Of course Hilarity Ensued.
  • May 24, 2010
    youngcosette
    Ubykotex lampshaded this in a recent commercial found here where men would rather watch her bike than buy her tampons.
  • May 24, 2010
    SalFishFin
    Jeff Dunham made a joke about this once.
    I'm coming down the stairs and I find a large box. I recognized this box because I had been forced to purchase it. And at the time, I bought the largest one I could possibly find, so that I wouldn't have to go through that again any time soon. In fact, if they had a silo full of those suckers, I would have dragged that home behind the truck. Big pink silo: Always.
  • May 25, 2010
    notcutebutfluffy
    Is this really Truth In Television, though? I've always been very careful not to get into this position, but there were two occasions where I was forced to ask a boyfriend to buy tampons for me. I felt really bad about it, because I watch too much television, but both boyfriends had looked at me like I was nuts and wondered what the big deal was. It wasn't any stranger to them than if I had asked them to buy some milk.
  • May 25, 2010
    Wristmilk
    in Mr Mom Jack is shown doing the grocery shopping and looks at his wife's list in dismay. We then see him trying to get a Kotex package discreetly... only later to have the cashier announce a price check for the item, which embarrasses him.
  • May 25, 2010
    Mimimurlough
    Please cut the comparison to Wacky Cravings. It's bad enough that that is based on sating her apetite before she gets hysterical, but comparing it to being forced to ask someone because you yourself is physically unable to get it yourself - that's insulting.
  • May 25, 2010
    youngcosette
    This is by no means meant to be insulting. Really it emphasizes the fact that men generally blow this kind of thing out of proportion when it really is no big deal and happens to all women naturally. It's not criticizing the woman at all. The connection with Wacky Cravings is that it too is something that women cannot control but men generally do not understand and so they treat it strangely. It by no means refers to every guy or every girl but it is a trope in a male-dominated world.
  • May 25, 2010
    Mimimurlough
    ah, that explains it. I'd suggest that you'd change the wording to clarify, though, since there may be others who minsunderstand.
  • May 25, 2010
    youngcosette
    I've been wanting to rewrite for a while now. That good?
  • May 25, 2010
    bluepenguin
    This scene from Ten Inch Hero (which is in fact the only scene from Ten Inch Hero I've ever seen, so I've no idea of the context).
  • May 25, 2010
    Mimimurlough
    youngcosette: Much better :)
  • May 25, 2010
    SalFishFin
    A Dr. Pepper commercial, set to I Will Do Anything For Love, had this among a montage of embarrassing things the guy would do for his girlfriend. For the curious: The "But I won't do that" part was sharing the soda with her.

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