Original Article

Sex Roles

, Volume 54, Issue 5, pp 347-351

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Camillagate: Prince Charles and the Tampon Scandal

  • David LintonAffiliated withHumanities Division, Marymount Manhattan College Email author 

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In 1993 a magazine published the transcript of a telephone conversation between Prince Charles, heir to the British crown, and his lover in which the couple made joking references to tampons in an erotic context. The story quickly spread around the world and became a source of embarrassment for Charles and the Royal family. This article reviews the media coverage of the story and discusses what it suggests about attitudes toward menstruation and men's references to it.


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