In Praise of Thong Underwear
Jul 20, 2011
Last week, I wrote about my hatred of visible panty line (VPL) and how Hanky Panky thongs and boyshorts can help eliminate that problem. But several of you expressed your skepticism or downright opposition to thongs and non-cotton underwear in the comments.
I must admit that I was taken aback by some of the comments because it’s been 11 years since Sisqo released “The Thong Song,” so I thought thongs had gone mainstream. I was a bit surprised to discover that, for several of you, thongs are unexplored and confusing territory. So let’s delve into this uncharted underpinning realm, shall we?
The first comment that I would like to address is, “Thongs are for sluts.” First off, if the kind of underwear a person wears is your metric for judging a person’s character or promiscuousness, you’re an idiot. That’s right, I said it, an idiot.
I’ve been celibate for almost six years, and I wear a thong every day. And even if I were sexually active, owning a drawer full of lacy underthings would not make me a slut. This isn’t the Victorian-era, so stop slut shaming based on underwear preference. Wearing sexy underwear can be empowering even if no one but you will ever see them.
Secondly, I find Hanky Pankys to be very comfortable for daytime wear but I’ve never been able to sleep in one. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing one, then find something else that you will be comfortable wearing that won’t cause VPL. A boyshort or hipster might be more to your liking.
I suggest stopping by the local Nordstrom or lingerie boutique (Coup de Foudre in PQ is a Belle favorite) and asking some questions. You’re a grown up, no one will judge you for talking about underwear.
Third, there were a number of comments about thongs being unsanitary. This one was a bit of a head scratcher for me, since I had never heard this assertion before. So I did what any good blog editrix would do, I Googled and then asked an expert.
Google brought back several dozen search results, but the vast majority of them were just web forums and message boards where women were having a discussion like the one we had in the comments. The only “news” article on the main page was this one proclaiming thongs to be unsanitary. But the article is from Yahoo and was written not by a medical expert, but by a woman named Nicole, a Yahoo Network Contributor on fashion and style. And while she made a number of vehement assertions about the unhealthiness of thong underwear, she didn’t provide any citations or expert sources to support that claim. So, I asked my OB/GYN.
When asked, my doctor had this to say about the cleanliness of thong underwear: If you have sub par hygiene to begin with, you regularly seek treatment for yeast infections, you’re on antibiotics or you are suffering from colon health issues, then thongs are not for you. Thongs can exacerbate a pre-existing issue, but as long as you have good hygiene and you wash them in hot water (not warm) you should be fine. But should you develop an infection or any of the other problems listed above, you should give up the thongs until the problem clears.
The doctor also said that you shouldn’t sleep in thongs, and that you should also take a day off from wearing them each week. She also said that cotton thongs and cotton underwear are generally better for hygiene since the material is breathable. Since I wear Hanky Pankys, which are made of nylon lace, I pressed her on the cotton point.
She recommended that if you wear lace, nylon or silk underwear during the day, you should sleep in cotton underwear. She also insisted that I buy underthings that have a substantial cotton lining. She also recommended a brand called OnGossamer, which sells thongs and briefs that wick away moisture. This is, apparently, what she wears.
If you have any further questions, I suggest you ask your health care provider during your yearly visit as I am not a medical expert and everyone is different.
10 years ago, I never thought I would be writing a blog post singing the praises of the thong-th-thong-thong-thong (damn, that song was catchy and totally misogynist). But I’m a thong convert thanks to Miss M and her Hanky Panky obsession. What can I say? Thongs are contagious.
So if you’ve never tried one, this might be a good time to branch out. Who knows? You might actually like it.