Periods suck. I hate everything about them. I hate their name, I hate the pain I feel when I have mine, and I hate how much money I spend on the expensive brand of “feminine hygiene products.” Put a giant wad of cotton up my vag? Yes please. Wear a diaper? Sure! No pool parties for me! Bleed out of my body for seven days like a freak of nature? No problem.
That being said, I get it. We’re ladies. It’s beautiful. Someday we get the joy of bringing life into this world and blah blah blah. It’s fine. I’ve accepted that fact that for one week every month I will turn into a literal monster. But recently, a few innovative women created a product that would, potentially, make us feel a little better about our hushed time of the month.
It all started when three women decided that they wanted to “[break] the taboo around menstruation.” They spent years brainstorming, developing, and creating a product that would, apparently, make having your period seem like NBD. It’s called “Thinx” and basically it’s just underwear that you bleed in. No cotton rods shoved up your vag. You just put on these panties and let Aunt Flo, well, flow.
Now for the women in countries without those tampon dispensers in every bathroom, this product kicks ass. But what about for us spoiled, upper-middle class women? Does it work? I don’t know. I’m too much of a little bitch to test it out. According to Cosmo, however, the whole thing is kind of weird. One brave woman gave it a try, and the results? She bled through the underwear and onto her pants, resulting in flashbacks to 6th grade. The author went on to say that she doesn’t know if we’re quite ready for this product yet.
I think period underwear is a badass idea and so many of the pairs were hella cute and comfortable (some of them I would’ve worn even if I didn’t have my period, which is an achievement because I have high underwear standards), but I just don’t think they’re there yet.
Honestly, this is a relief to me. The thought of just freely bleeding makes me want to pass out. Sure, it would be nice if you don’t have to feel like an outcast every time the red sea comes to town, but personally, I’m fine with the way things are. I know, I know, that’s horrible. I want women everywhere to have access to products, but I just don’t want to sit in a puddle of my own blood while I complain about the fact that I’m on my period, you know? Besides, there’s something about buying super-jumbo tampons, eating enough food to feed an entire country, and being a total bitch to my boyfriend for a week that just feels right..
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