Once upon a time, a long time ago, I had some roommates who were very… organic in their living styles, and one of the habits I picked up from them was never wearing any more clothing than I absolutely had to. They inspired me to throw my thongs to the wind (actually, I probably just threw them away) and embrace the comfort with yourself that comes with being commando 100% of the time.

It’s impressive what letting go of underwear did for my level of vagina-confidence. I began to become much better friends with it, since taking away that unnecessary barrier between us. I should probably mention, now that you’re thinking I leave clam prints wherever I go, that 90% of the time I wear yoga pants or leggings, so you can sit with ease.

The Pros of Going Commando

When I say “not wearing underwear for a year made me more comfortable with myself”, I don’t mean with just masturbating or generally chillin with my babe. I mean it made me feel less ashamed and more open in all areas of my life. To say it more cohesively, living without underwear helped me include my vagina in the idea that a body is just a body – everyone has one. And in this case, 51% of the population has a vagina. So, if I happen to be wearing a dress and it’s windy, I’m no longer running around pulling my dress down. Let me tell you, that feeling is SO freeing.

The cost is also fairly pricey when you add it up. Let’s assume that you wear one pair of underwear a day and two on the 3 days you work out. That comes out to 10 pairs of underwear a week. Assuming you aren’t perfect at timing laundry, you’ll need at least two or three extra pairs of underwear to get you through until laundry day replenishes the fresh underwear supply. Rounding up, that’s 15 pairs of underwear over about a week and a half. Underwear runs between $4-$10 each. That means on the low side, you spent $60 just on things that society wants you to wear to cover up your oh-so-dirty lady parts. And of course, once they get stained or start to fade, you’re expected to replace them. See the bullshit here?

The Cons of Commando

“Is going commando sanitary?” My answer is two parts. One, I am not a doctor, so I can’t professionally comment on sanitation. Two, if you’re worried about catching STD’s from random things around town, please learn more about STD’s and how they work. (Hint: it’s not that way.)

However, I did learn that underwear absorbs a lot of crotch sweat (you have it too, don’t lie to yourself), so when you take away that absorption layer, that sweat absorbs into your pants instead. If it’s really bad (like because it’s so fucking hot) that sweat CAN leave butt sweat stains on places you sit. The smell and the amount of this sweat/discharge can change based off of your cycle, your diet, or simply just your biology. The added moisture can supposedly increase the prevalence of yeast infections, though I haven’t personally experienced that.

Some people just have more powerfully smelling pussies and I happen to be one of them, which brings me to my next point: laundry. For me and my powerfully smelling pussy, that means I can’t wear a pair of pants more than once before they’re dirty – which isn’t a big deal for me since I have a washer dryer in my apartment. This increase in laundry, I think, equals out the decrease in laundry I have now because of lack of underwear.

At the end of the day (or in this case year), I’m very grateful for those sweet stoners who helped me realize that my vagina is just another part of my body and I’m a big fan of going commando. However, I have a job now that requires me to wear dresses and I feel more comfortable wearing underwear in the workplace.

So whether you’re team cover-up or team commando, I wish you years of confidence and comfort-ability with your vagina (or whatever you’re sporting) and encourage you to go out without it one day, and feel the empowerment breeze yourself!