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“Women aren’t the only people who menstruate”

When Thinx launched their line of absorbent underwear for periods, they used a slogan that seemed to make sense: “For women with periods.” But as they heard from more and more customers who felt left out by that branding, they realized that women aren’t the only ones who menstruate.

“We kept getting gentle reminders from people that it’s not just women with periods,” Miki Agrawal, founder and CEO of Thinx, tells Yahoo Canada. In response, the company spent a year developing a boyshort product in consultation with trans men and non-binary people who might use it. The resulting underwear, which resembles men’s boxer briefs but has the same absorbent fabric as their more traditionally feminine underwear, is meant to be worn instead of pads or tampons, or as back-up for those products.

Now the new slogan for Thinx is “For people with periods” and one of their campaigns features model Sawyer DeVuyst, who is a trans man. And the company is working on introducing more gender-neutral products in the future, Agrawal says.

The Thinx campaign is one of few acknowledgements from the sanitary products industry that menstruation doesn’t just happen to cisgender [ ie “normal” ] women. There are trans men who have to deal with their periods as well as non-binary people who menstruate.

“We’re inclusive of everyone with a period—men, women, it doesn’t matter. We wanted to have it be expressed in a ten-foot poster,” Agrawal says. “If you have a period, we’ve got you.”

Josh, a trans man, didn’t continue menstruating for long after starting to take testosterone - about one cycle, he says. But though he didn’t experience serious dysphoria as a result of menstruation, he was fine with seeing it go.

“I was just happy to be done with it and didn’t really have to deal with going to buy tampons while my body was getting more masculine,” he says.

Josh, born a WOMAN, stopped getting her period after saturating her body with male hormones. Duh. “Stevee”, born a MAN, got doped full of female hormones, had implant surgery, cut off his dick and had a rubber pussy sewn on, BUT NEVER HAD “HER” PERIOD because Stevee is a man, and thus has no damn uterus. STFU you freaks.

Yes, I am making “Stevee” up. He’s not in the story. But he’d never need a tampon and he’d never need a panty liner. With or without wings.


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