Menstruation isn't fun at any age, but it's especially not cool when you're a teenager. Teen girls have to worry about the fear of leaking and embarrassing period moments, all while you're figuring out who you are and having to navigate adolescence. Tough ride.
Period panties don't answer any big questions about self-identification, but they do remove the stresses that come with starting your period in high school. Read on to find out more...
What exactly are teen period panties?
Back in biblical days, teens had two choices for dealing with their period: they either used a rag to soak up their menstruation or were made to use their own clothes.
Thankfully, we've come a long way since then. Teen period panties are one of the best ways of dealing with periods, letting girls have leak-free periods without even needing a tampon or pad (depending on how heavy your flow is).
Period panties today are comfy and cool — not to mention super-thin and seamless — but they haven't always been so modern. They actually began as petticoats, belts, bloomers, and aprons, all of which were much less sanitary and offered nowhere near the same protection from leaking.
How do teen period panties help during menstruation?
Menstruation is a stressful and often embarrassing time for teenage girls. You worry if your period has started too soon or too late, if you have a heavy flow, and whether your body is even normal. Plus you're paranoid about if there are any embarrassing smells coming from down there. Cringe.
Periods happen to us all, but it doesn't mean that it's fun or easy — they can make life annoyingly complicated, especially if you're a teen girl trying to get through high school.
Teen period panties take away the drama of periods, letting you carry on with life without anywhere near the same level of stress. Essentially, these panties absorb your period, stopping it from leaking out onto your clothes and leaving any awkward stains. Period underwear is made to be super absorbent and even odor-crushing — such a relief if you're worried about any funky smells.
Advantages of using period panties instead of regular pants
Regular panties come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles. You can get boyshorts, bikinis, thongs, and more. Period panties let you choose your style too, but unlike regular panties, they come with an absorbent layer of fabric to stop liquid from leaking. It's basically like having a thin built-in panty liner.
Period panties are also made up of moisture-wicking fabric, making them way more absorbent than regular panties. They give you protection and keep you feeling dry, while allowing you to stay comfy and carry on as normal — regular panties may look and feel great, but they won't do if your period leaks onto them.
You can pick from a whole host of great brands when deciding which period panties to buy, including Dear Kate, Undie Pads, Intimate Portal, Yoyi Fashion, Modibodi, and Thinx. Knixteen is a great Thinx alternative, offering a selection of panties that are perfect for teens on their period.
Why teen period panties are a game-changer for teens
Your teenage years are some of the most stressful of your life. As you're just starting to figure yourself out and begin to make major decisions about your future, it can feel like your body is fighting against you at the worst time.
Period panties aren't going to change the world, but they're sure going to make life a lot easier. You can even double up and pair them with other period products like pads or tampons to give yourself peace of mind. Game-changer.
The great news is, period panties are also much more environmentally friendly than other period products. You can keep reusing your period panties as many times as you like simply by washing them — and be safe in the knowledge that you're doing your bit for the planet too by reducing your waste.
Plus, not needing to buy new pads or tampons all the time means that period panties are also a game-changer for teen bank accounts. Buying a few pairs of period panties is a great investment and one that will save you plenty of money in the long-run.
Lastly, period underwear isn't only a game-changer for teen comfort — it's a tool that can even help tackle mental health problems during adolescence. Teens are among the most stressed people on the planet with 35% of teens saying stress keeps them awake at night, and school being one the largest reasons behind this. Having your period at such a stressful time can make you feel lonely and embarrassed, but wearing protective underwear can tick off at least one of your problems and make you feel more comfortable and confident.
Life as a teenage girl is definitely not always fun. There are plenty of things to get stressed about, but periods don't have to be one of them. Protective period panties can take away the fear of leaking at school, making life a little bit easier and making you feel more confident when dealing with all the other dramas.
Women in the workplace have always experienced a certain degree of discrimination from male colleagues, and according to new studies, it appears that it is becoming even more difficult for women to get acclimated to modern day work environments, in wake of the #MeToo Movement.
In a recent study conducted by LeanIn.org, in partnership with SurveyMonkey, 60% of male managers confessed to feeling uncomfortable engaging in social situations with women in and outside of the workplace. This includes interactions such as mentorships, meetings, and basic work activities. This statistic comes as a shocking 32% rise from 2018.
What appears the be the crux of the matter is that men are afraid of being accused of sexual harassment. While it is impossible to discredit this fear as incidents of wrongful accusations have taken place, the extent to which it has burgeoned is unacceptable. The #MeToo movement was never a movement against men, but an empowering opportunity for women to speak up about their experiences as victims of sexual harassment. Not only were women supporting one another in sharing to the public that these incidents do occur, and are often swept under the rug, but offered men insight into behaviors and conversations that are typically deemed unwelcomed and unwarranted.
Restricting interaction with women in the workplace is not a solution, but a mere attempt at deflecting from the core issue. Resorting to isolation and exclusion relays the message that if men can't treat women how they want, then they rather not deal with them at all. Educating both men and women on what behaviors are unacceptable while also creating a work environment where men and women are held accountable for their actions would be the ideal scenario. However, the impact of denying women opportunities of mentorship and productive one-on-one meetings hinders growth within their careers and professional networks.
Women, particularly women of color, have always had far fewer opportunities for mentorship which makes it impossible to achieve growth within their careers without them. If women are given limited opportunities to network in and outside of a work environment, then men must limit those opportunities amongst each other, as well. At the most basic level, men should be approaching female colleagues as they would approach their male colleagues. Striving to achieve gender equality within the workplace is essential towards creating a safer environment.
While restricted communication and interaction may diminish the possibility of men being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment, it creates a hostile
environment that perpetuates women-shaming and victim-blaming. Creating distance between men and women only prompts women to believe that male colleagues who avoid them will look away from or entirely discredit sexual harassment they experience from other men in the workplace. This creates an unsafe working environment for both parties where the problem at hand is not solved, but overlooked.
According to LeanIn's study, only 85% of women said they feel safe on the job, a 5% drop from 2018. In the report, Jillesa Gebhardt wrote, "Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don't seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable." Unfortunately, only 16% of workers believed that harassers holding high positions are held accountable for their actions which inevitably puts victims in difficult, and quite possibly dangerous, situations. 50% of workers also believe that there are more repercussions for the victims than harassers when speaking up.
In a research poll conducted by Edison Research in 2018, 30% of women agreed that their employers did not handle harassment situations properly while 53% percent of men agreed that they did. Often times, male harassers hold a significant amount of power within their careers that gives them a sense of security and freedom to go forward with sexual misconduct. This can be seen in cases such as that of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. Men in power seemingly have little to no fear that they will face punishment for their actions.
Source-Alex Brandon, AP
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and founder of LeanIn.org., believes that in order for there to be positive changes within work environments, more women should be in higher positions. In an interview with CNBC's Julia Boorstin, Sandberg stated, "you know where the least sexual harassment is? Organizations that have more women in senior leadership roles. And so, we need to mentor women, we need to sponsor women, we need to have one-on-one conversations with them that get them promoted." Fortunately, the number of women in leadership positions are slowly increasing which means the prospect of gender equality and safer work environments are looking up.
Despite these concerning statistics, Sandberg does not believe that movements such as the Times Up and Me Too movements, have been responsible for the hardship women have been experiencing in the workplace. "I don't believe they've had negative implications. I believe they're overwhelmingly positive. Because half of women have been sexually harassed. But the thing is it is not enough. It is really important not to harass anyone. But that's pretty basic. We also need to not be ignored," she stated. While men may be feeling uncomfortable, putting an unrealistic amount of distance between themselves and female coworkers is more harmful to all parties than it is beneficial. Men cannot avoid working with women and vice versa. Creating such a hostile environment is also detrimental to any business as productivity and communication will significantly decrease.
The fear or being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment is a legitimate fear that deserves recognition and understanding. However, restricting interactions with women in the workplace is not a sensible solution as it can have negatively impact a woman's career. Companies are in need of proper training and resources to help both men and women understand what is appropriate workplace behavior. Refraining from physical interactions, commenting on physical appearance, making lewd or sexist jokes and inquiring about personal information are also beneficial steps towards respecting your colleagues' personal space. There is still much work to be done in order to create safe work environments, but with more and more women speaking up and taking on higher positions, women can feel safer and hopefully have less contributions to make to the #MeToo movement.