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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