Is Wearing Granny Panties Better For Your Health?
According to a recent study done by the research company NPD Group, thong sales have decreased by 7% while sales of fuller underwear, such as briefs and boy shorts, have increased by 17% over this past year. This trend comes as a surprise to many because granny panties, which were previously stereotyped to be undesirable, are now back in style! However, is this change in preference healthier?
Experts say that the type of underwear worn doesn’t really matter. However, the material that the underwear is made of is very important. They suggest that women stick to cotton panties, whether they’re in the form of a thong or high-waist briefs. Synthetic material, on the other hand, can irritate the skin in that area because it isn’t as breathable. Synthetic fabrics also cause that area to become sweatier, which induces unwanted odor as well. So, even a cotton thong would be fine to wear, while granny panties made of synthetic material would not. Although the style of panties doesn’t have much of an effect on personal hygiene and wellness, this shift in preference from thongs to granny panties suggests a healthier shift in society’s perception of beauty and body image.
The decline in thong sales and increase in granny panties can be seen as a feminist trend. Lingerie, including thongs, is often marketed towards the preference of men. When women shop for this type of clothing, they hardly think of their own taste and focus on what their significant other would enjoy seeing instead. On the opposite side of the spectrum, granny panties endorse comfort and satisfaction with one’s own body. More than anything, this preference towards granny panties shows that women are dressing for themselves and their comfort only. This holistic perspective towards body image is healthier on the long run because less pressure is put on women to emulate a certain, desirable look. Society, women in particular, are becoming more accepting of all body types, not just the ones that sprawl across the laminated pages of magazines.
A healthier body image relieves the mind of stress and reduces the chances of developing mental and emotional problems like depression, eating disorders and anxiety. Healthy body images promote mental stability and good interpersonal relationships. All in all, these are what granny panties promote: self-acceptance and comfort.
Young Women Say No to Thongs| Nytimes
Have you given up your thongs for granny panties? Or have you always been a fan?| Yahoo
The Rising Popularity Of ‘Granny Panties’ Could Be Tied To A Healthier Perception Of Beauty| Huffingtonpost