Panties For Protection?

My student Andrea sent me this link about so-called “abstinence panties”, which contain phrases like “Not Tonight” and “Dream On”. At first it reminded me of the panties I had as a little kid with the days of the week on them, as well as some panties with phrases on them I’ve seen more recently. I even have a pair of panties from American Eagle with the phrase “Excessive Talker” scrawled across the bum (which I may have worn to a dermatology appointment to get a mole removed – I at least got a smile!).

However, as much as I think these are kind of cheeky and cute, I don’t see how they are going to help improve abstinence rates. I do agree with the actual site that sells them when they mention that they can be used as a conversation starter in families, but how often does a talk about the birds and bees (or April being Sexually Transmitted Infection month) start with a new pair of panties? I actually think I’ve seen similar “Dream On” panties at Victoria’s Secret. Do you think that panties (or shirts) with phrases like this work?

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Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.

  • Erader

    Maybe ones that said “Infected” or “Leaky” or something like that. But I doubt anyone who was capable of getting laid would think that was funny. hahaha

  • Kathryn Rebecca

    I don’t think this is going to work, either. It sounds like the next step in sexualizing virginity (as if all the stuff pushed by the Abstinence Clearinghouse isn’t enough). In trying to get adolescents interested in chastity, pro-abstinence groups are attempting to make their products current and “hip.” I don’t think they’re accomplishing much here. When you get down to the underwear, that’s the time to say, “no thanks”, or “slow down?”