Lingerie, women’s underwear, and sexism on Slate’s DoubleX Gabfest.

Is Lingerie a Sexist Ploy, or Is It Just Self-Care?

Is Lingerie a Sexist Ploy, or Is It Just Self-Care?

Slate’s weekly women’s roundtable.
Dec. 16 2016 12:20 PM

Could Lingerie Be Sexist?

Or is it just the messaging that’s problematic? Slate’s DoubleX Gabfest discusses.

Is lingerie sexist?
Pensive woman in lingerie sitting at the table and looking away isolated on a white background

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In the Slate Plus bonus segment of Thursday’s edition of the DoubleX Gabfest, hosts Noreen Malone, Hanna Rosin, and June Thomas chat about whether lingerie is sexist.  

Has lingerie always been sold as a fantasy to please men? Some new lingerie companies, owned by women, think so—and they’re taking back the space with marketing that promotes lingerie as by women and for women. Do the hosts think we’ve all been duped by lingerie? Is it all about self-care, or is this just another technique to get women to buy more underwear?

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Plus—if there’s nothing wrong with buying some sexy underwear because it makes you feel pretty, why doesn’t that show up in the marketing of lingerie at all? 

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Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.

Hanna Rosin is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia and a founder of DoubleX. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

June Thomas is managing producer of Slate podcasts.