I have no shame about my period.
I included some period stories in A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects, namely, It Smells Like Raisins and A Tribe Called Tampon (get a signed copy here!) because I believe we shouldn’t feel gross about something that makes us women! So, when I learned about this new company called Thinx, that makes high-tech, absorbant, reusable panties for that time of the month, I knew I had to share.
Thinx panties is basically the Warby Parker of underwear. For every pair sold, they give re-usable cloth pads to women and girls in developing countries who would otherwise have to skip school during their “week of shame.” It infuriates me beyond words that girls are brought up to feel shame about something that should be celebrated.
Miki Agrawal is the CEO and co-founder of Thinx and was featured in a recent Forbes article.
“Women in our culture don’t want to talk about their periods — most still think about it as crass and disgusting…” Says Agrawal, “I want to change the culture around women’s most normal time of month — and not while wearing grandma panties or pads that feel like a diaper.”
There is also the environmental concern that tampon applicators and pads contribute greatly to the planet’s landfills. Agrawal says 70 percent of Western women use applicator tampons each month. “They’re afraid to look at or touch their own blood, or they’re afraid to put their finger in their own vagina,” Agrawal says.
Periods are a huge business because obviously, it happens every month to half the world’s population. It’s amazing there hasn’t been any technological advancements to assist us during our moon cycle (much better than “week of shame” right?!) “Tampons were invented in 1931 and aside from adhesive strips and wings on pads, there hasn’t been any major innovation in 85 years,” says Agrawal. “It’s time to change that — and to change the taboo.”
I’m sure you’re wondering how these Thinx panties work. Thinx claims they are more absorbant than most pads and won’t leak. They also offer three different styles included thongs and all of them look really cute in the photos. I’m totally intrequed and a little wary because obviously it would be a huge change from my OB tampon (no applicator) during the day and pad with wings at night, regime, but I do want to give them a try!
Thinx says, “By reimagining feminine hygiene products to provide support, comfort, confidence, and peace of mind, we aim to eliminate shame, empowering women and girls around the world.” I’m ready to be empowered! Ordering my pair today and I’ll report back with my review. What do you ladies think? Would you wear period panties?
For other women-centric blog posts see The Saggy Boob Look and ‘Your Last F*#%k-able Day aka Aging In Hollywood by Amy Schumer‘!
Thinx come in three styles: Thong, Cheeky, & Hiphugger for light, medium, & heavy days. Confused on the mechanics of these pad and tampon free panties? Click here to see how Thinx works.
Thoughts? Would love to hear from you in the comments below!