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Farting is a subject matter that seems more comfortable with men. According to what I've observed, they find it hysterical. However, as an only child, I never learned to be comfortable with the subject whatsoever. In fact, I don't think I've ever farted in front of a partner. If I did, it had to be in my sleep!

Recently I have become close friends with my next door neighbors, a family of 6. I found out that even though it's all girls, besides the uncle and the father, that farting, is nothing to be ashamed of. It is natural after all, and it is your body releasing toxins that are probably better off outside rather than inside you! 

So as I get older, I do become more comfortable to admit; I do fart too. Please don't tell anyone. 

“Nope, sorry guys. Can’t go out tonight. I’ve got a serious case of the farts.”

If you’ve ever had to stay in, curled up on the couch in complete solitude because your bowels were no friend of yours (or anyone else’s for that matter), then you very well understand the effect of public flatulence on self esteem, confidence, and overall self worth. (Research has actually found that people are more likely to make negative judgments about a situation while they’re in the presence of a fart-like odor.)

Thankfully, there’s an undergarment for that! UK-based company Shreddies created men’s and women’s underwear that contain zorflex, a material that allegedly filters super offensive odors — ya know, like the ones emitted from your tush. The company claims the super skivvies can neutralize odors up to 200 times the stink strength of the average fart.

Each time the magical undies run through the wash, the carbon material is reactivated (according to the underpants’ makers). The underwear comes in briefs and high-waisted briefs for women (starting at $28) and boxer briefs for men (starting at $35). The panties of the future aren’t exactly new. In 2008, Shreddies whipped up their undies hoping to alleviate the social hindrance that is chronic flatulence. Now they’re gaining buzz in the States. The Shreddies motto is “fart with confidence.” We’re not kidding.

Breaking the effects of breaking wind—what a novel idea. We haven’t tried Shreddies for ourselves, but research does point to active charcoal (like what’s in Shreddies) as a remedy for flatulence. But before you get your panties in a bunch, know that while Shreddies do (supposedly) mask scent, they do not in fact mute bodily noises (total bummer).

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