The dear Village Voice reporting staff chased down the answer to a story so very close to our own hearts yesterday: is buying underwear for suckers? Well, they don’t frame it in quite so many words. Their question was essentially: is there a health benefit/risk to not wearing underwear? In addition to coining the awesome term “loose-lipping” as the female equivalent for “free ballin’,” which we wholly endorse and will totally use, the Planned Parenthood doctor the Voice interviewed says: “Similar to the lack of studies linking undies and illness, there’s not enough research indicating a clear tie between commando-status and better health.” BOOM!! Stop buying underwear everyone!
The Voice story of course is concerned with lady parts, but what about the dudes? We scoured the internet for a bit to find the answer, and while there doesn’t seem to be any definitive research on the topic, we can confirm from field tests that no major harm befalls any bro who rocks the commando for an extended period of time.
So are you going to sit in the pocket of Big Underwear all your life? Will you be content to live in a world where the underpants-normative questions “boxers or briefs” still dominates popular discourse? Or will you cast off your undies this summer and find an alternative use for them instead?