Back in the days before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a truly useful internet, I used to produce and co-host a women's issues talk shows, first on the radio, then on television. As good as those shows were (and a couple won national awards), the weekly planning meetings were infinitely better.
There were usually 4-6 of us -- all female -- sitting around a table, tossing out ideas for topics, possible guests, and ways to tie into the top news stories of the week. But when we started straying off topic and getting into heated discussions about sexuality, male/female relationships, politics, the workplace, celebrities, television, and our own lives, that's when things got interesting.
We used to joke about plopping down a microphone in the middle of the table, recording our conversations, and simply using that as the basis of our shows each week. But we never had the nerve...or the technology.
Flash forward ten years later. Fueled by nerve and technology, a group of twenty-something women have taken their 'girlfriend' conversations online at SkunkPost.com. And like the discussions I used to participate in, this one is no-holds-barred.
"Welcome to the Pri-losophy Show. Today we're talking panties: sexy vs. uncomfortable," says a slightly nervous young woman with long dark hair who appears to be Pri, the show's host.
As the camera pulls back to include her two friends, the three of them launch into a candid, unscripted, straightforward conversation about panties. They cover how sexy underthings are often uncomfortable, why lace itches and doesn't look good under tight-fittig pants at work, and what makes for a good thong.
They include a 'show and tell' by holding up examples of panties they like and don't like, and explain why a woman might choose to "go commando" (not wear panties underneath her clothes), then argue whether or not that's comfortable.
Since the video was released before just before Valentine's Day, they even tackle the sticky subject of edible underwear, opening up packages that include a gummy thong, a raspberry and chocolate thong, and a 'candy necklace' style pounch for men. And yes - they eat the products as well as examine whether or not they'd function as underwear or just turn into a sticky mess.
SkunkPost seems to be promoting this as a provocative video, but in reality it's just three average-looking women sitting around fully clothed and talking about panties. They're not coming on to viewers or trying to be sexy or flirty. They're simply providing information about a subject that doesn't come up at the dinner table. And I love the fact that they're doing it.
The show's production values are good as is the sound quality and lighting. This isn't a 'shot-in-my-basement' video but a professional internet program that seems intent on talking about sexuality and relationships in very down-to-earth terms.
By the end of the 7 minute video, all three agree that the edible underwear isn't worth the expense or the discomfort.
Pri closes with a positive message of empowerment:
Ladies, what you need to understand is that in order to be sexy, it's not in what you wear but in how you wear it. In the end, guys just care about you being confident. And if it's coming off, I don't think they really care.
I'd love to see more of Pri and the Pri-losophy Show. Maybe if enough of us watch, that'll send the message that we need more women openly and honestly talking about anything and everything. Even edible underwear.
More on the politics of panties:
- The Sisterhood of the Rebellious Pink Panties
- Is This Any Way to Shop for Underwear?
- GPS Underwear No Threat to Victoria's Secret
- With a Thong in My Heart (or Part of One in My Eye)