So, ladies, you think menstrual pads are annoying? Then try having a "happy period" with a belted wad of fluff nestled between your legs. Belts holding menstrual pads were the mainstay for menstruation until the 1970s, when adhesive pads *finally* appeared. (Tampons followed closely behind.) Until then, woman's greatest hygienic handicap was akin to a chastity belt (sorry Britney and Christina, but your lo-rise jeans would've been replaced with granny pants had it not been for the advent of sticky pads.) Interestingly enough, adhesive had been around since the age of Moses, but it literally took eons for somebody to figure out that you could slap some on the bottom of a maxi pad. Go figure.
These elastic torture devices were actually a godsend for most women. Hickory brand belts were advertised as "freedom for school day comfort," enticing progressive women to ignore their monthly curse and get on with it. And the female-designed Victoria Protector gave the housebound bleeder an opportunity to frolic about whilst her "dirty little secret" seeped quietly into the dark abyss of washable flannel pads. Who knew? Of course, the real zinger was the 2-in-1 garter/sanitary belt by Exquisite Form, saving women from the hassle of a double-belted debacle. Not only did it offer women the convenience of a single elastic strap, it also had stealth appeal with it's "I'm really just a garter belt" design.
So, explain why anyone would find a sanitary belt sexy enough to recreate as lingerie? (Probably because anything wrapped, twisted, or lying about a woman's nether region fits the bill. Am I right?) Seriously though, why else would a designer try to resurrect these antiquated -- and happily forgotten -- bits of menstrual paraphernalia unless they were secretly obsessed with their mother? I'd love to hear what you think.
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