As you may have heard, in just 4 days we'll be publishing our first book, a 300-page, hardcover, illustrated encyclopedia called The Book of Jezebel. In honor of this milestone —which took many years and dozens of contributors to execute—we'll be posting one entry from the book a day, starting with "A" and continuing on through to "Z." Although the book itself has already been printed — it's gorgeous — questions, additions, annotations and suggestions on the entries that appear online are welcomed and encouraged.

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Tampons

Cylindrical-shaped bits of cotton inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual blood that have inspired a vigorous advertising market as companies compete for dollars by presenting images of joyous women wearing white clothing and engaging in various physical activities.

(Illustration by Lisa Hanawalt for the Book of Jezebel.)