Thinx, the new #BUILTBYGIRLS company that creates absorbent, moisture-wicking, anti-microbial period underwear, wants to get more people to talk about their periods. That doesn't just include women - Thinx recently released a style for transgender men.
Thinx CEO Miki Agrawal received feedback from the trans community that women aren't the only ones who get periods. Trans males menstruate, too, and Miki wanted to design a product that they would find appealing.
"We hadn't given a lot of thought to it, which is not super surprising given the lack of trans male visibility even now," Miki told Mashable.
The new model is a gender-neutral boxer-brief style without any lace, called the Boyshort. They can absorb as much liquid as one tampon, retail for $34 on the Thinx website and are available in two colors: black and beige.
Thinx created a YouTube video starring Sawyer, a 30-year-old Thinx model and trans man who lives in Brooklyn, in which he talks about the stigmas of being a man who gets his period.
"A lot of people don't realize that some men do get their periods because it's just not talked about," Sawyer says in the video. "Nobody is talking about periods or menstruation because it is a source of shame."
"If our goal is to break this taboo and eliminate the shame [associated] with periods globally, we've got to do that for everyone," Miki said to Mashable.
We love Thinx's mission to expand the conversation about periods to include every single person that menstruates! It's time that EVERYONE started talking about periods without being shamed.