Hey GIT Girls! Modern Girl Monday: Unwritten Rules of Undies is here.
I recently stumbled upon a NYLON article entitled, “How to Wear Underwear Like A Grown-Up,” and it most definitely got me thinking, contemplating, and FREAKING out.
Apparently, I, my friends and plenty of other newfound adulting women are DOING. IT. WRONG.!!!!
After reading the article, this quote really got me going…
“The underwear drawer tends to be the most neglected part of our wardrobes. While we’re busy figuring out what to buy in order to present ourselves publicly to the world, the scant things we wear closest to our bodies get overlooked or thought of as only worth investing in if they’re for special occasions. But the thing about being an adult is that you realize every day is a special enough occasion to wear something that fits well, feels comfortable, and makes you feel great.”
Modern Girl Monday: Unwritten Rules of Undies
On that note, I want to highlight numbers 1. (Out with the Old) and 2. (Figure Out What You Really Need) in regard to Dun, Dun, Dunnnnn…PERIOD PANTIES!!!!!!
Period Panties, you say? Yes, period panties. THINX in particular, are undies made specifically for that time of the month, which is bad enough, not to mention the physical pain we endure along with it.
As a modern feminist, I find it incredibly ENRAGING to think about the fact that not only do we make less than men:
(Per the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, “…the gender wage gap over time in a series of fact sheets updated twice per year. According to our research, if change continues at the same slow pace as it has done for the past fifty years, it will take 44 years—or until 2059—for women to finally reach pay parity.
For women of color, the rate of change is even slower: Hispanic women will have to wait until 2248 and Black women will wait until 2124 for equal pay.), roughly 78 cents on the dollar if you are privileged and/or extremely lucky.
But we also have an ENTIRE set of taxes on products promoted by our menstruation, be it birth control, menstrual products/supplies, and menopausal products/supplies that men do not have to bother with, and it is exasperating!
Enter THINX, Stage Left
Anyways, I digress well, kinda… see this post is about my THINX trial. Yep, I traded in my Softcups and switched to THINX during my latest cycle, and this piece is my conclusion.
First, let me start by sharing with ya’ll that I was EXTREMELY skeptical; I mean a panty to wear on my period that I don’t have to use with anything else? WHAT?!?
Is this sorcery or something?!
Additionally, I was very nervous at the thought of somewhat “freebleeding.”
Nevertheless, I placed my order a few days before Aunt Flow was due to arrive, and I took it a step further for research purposes and anxiously purchased their THONG with the intentions of wearing some variation of white for the whole duration…
Yikes111 (bites nails uncontrollably)
My THINX Trial Timeline
March 2, 2017: I ordered my THINX thong with much concern around 10PM [I did not chose the $5 standard shipping; I opted for the $8 2DAY shipping, as I was expecting Auntie around the 7th]
March 2, 2017: I received a confirmation email at 10:18 PM
March 3, 2017: I received an email informing me my THINX were en route
March 6, 2017: I received an email informing me my thong was “Out for delivery” and my projected arrival date which was pleasantly the same day I received them, Monday, March 6, 2017.
March 7, 2017: Aunt Flow arrived around 8AM, I got ready in the morning, and I armed myself with my THINX and white pencil skirt…
March 7, 2017: (So far, so good, [aside from the physical discomfort, the only way I could tell I was ragging is when I went to pee and saw the toilet bowl] but around 2PM, I lol’d and felt that DREADED rush of warmness power through). At 2:01, a nervously chuckled as I looked from side-to-side DEATHLY afraid to stand from my seat…Around 2:05, I got the courage to get up and go to the restroom.
March 7, 2017: At approximately 2:06, I looked at the seat I was sitting in and to my surprise found no “evidence” left behind…
March 7, 2017: Around 2:10, I get to the bathroom to check the status of my skirt and undies and at this time. I. AM. SHOCKED.- there is absolutely NO seepage, run down, leaks…NOTHING!!!!!!! I went as far as putting the thong in between my fingers and rubbing to see if they felt wet…they didn’t (UMMMMM this is the point when I start to think that I am a believer)
March 7, 2017: After my 10 hour shift, I go home and check myself out-everything is still completely copasetic-I take off my thong, investigate and conclude that there is STILL no evidence (beyond the physical) left behind-I’m talking like 11 HOURS of the freebleed, people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is NO odor, NO leakage, NO stains, NO NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 8-9, 2017: The worst of my Aunt Flow days have come and gone…I washed and sported the THINX thong throughout; I even had the thought “Oh shit, I hope I don’t put on a regular pair of back thongs (my choice type of undie) for my THINX thong” as I pulled out my clean clothes (both types of thongs included) from my dryer-they’re THAT impressive!
Late March 9, 2017: As I put my final thoughts together on the last day of Aunt Flow’s visit, I am still sporting the thong, and I am just beside myself on my contentment. Today is the day that I decided to be an official THINX convert!!!!!!
I want to leave you with this food for thought: last month, my purchase of a box of Softcups costed me about $18 after taxes. Before I converted to them, I was a tampon fan, which I spent roughly $15 a month on because I also needed cleanliness wipes in addition to feel “fresh” (as fresh as possible given the bloody circumstances)
And WAYYYYYY before I was a tampon user, I used pads which ran me anywhere form $10-20 a month. So I did some mathematicianing (I made up that word/verb) and projected this equation to myself:
If I spend roughly $20 a month on menstrual supplies, and times that by a year, that equals $240. If the average woman has her cycle say over the span of 20 years, that equals $4,800.
If THINX undies cost about $30 a pair (give or take) and I buy about say 6, what, once a decade (I’ve had panties last a decade and maybe more, please don’t judge!!!), then buying 6, or ever 7 pairs of THINX totals to about $210, and that’s the high end.
….uhhh…haven’t I already bought them over tenfold?!?!
To think that I will not have to spend so much on period supplies is absolutely LIBERATING!!!!!
What This All Means
Do you know what this means concerning aspects of not only womanhood but also financial freedom???!!!!!!!!
Readers, PLEASE try these out and if you are not a person who does not have to make arrangements for Aunt Flow’s monthly visit, PLEASE put on your fellow GIT Girls who do; we ALL deserve to bleed THIS free!!
Have you used THINX undies before? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think of them.
Until then…get it together girl!