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The Best Genderless Underwear Brands You Should Support

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Photos courtesy of Tomboy X, LBC Lingerie, and TACK

Instead of... that other underwear brand

Underwear is marketed in an incredibly gendered way, with branding that relies heavily on stereotypes and advertising imagery that is often alienating, or even triggering, for many people—particularly those who already grapple with being misgendered in their everyday lives. Feeling excluded or underrepresented in an area that feels so personal and private can be incredibly discouraging.

There are, though, brands that don't rely on stereotypes or the gender binary when they create underwear, and they are a welcome relief from the male gaze-y "fantasy" of ultra-feminine undergarments. These brands also tend to feature size and ability inclusivity as well, offering a wide range of sizes, and either already are or can be tailored to fit people of all abilities comfortably.

Especially right now, when our current administration is trying to make sure that trans people have as few rights as possible, and when our society still spouts outdated views on gender and sexuality, we need brands that don't conform to the prior outdated norms. Below, we rounded up some underwear brands that operate without gender labels.

Photos courtesy of TACK Lingerie

TACK Lingerie
TACK's pieces are silky and soft, but gender rules don't exist here: In fact, TACK's founder and designer Charlotte Chanler says that the brand's aesthetic is derived from "places where rules never existed at all."

Photos via JBC Lingerie

JBC Lingerie
We talked to the founders of Just Babes Club, aka JBC Lingerie, earlier this year, and they told us that the brand is committed to "[representing] lots of different punk and badass babes" of every gender. The brand is also incredibly inclusive in its sizing, because everyone needs a good lingerie set.

Photo courtesy of Tomboy X

Tomboy X
Brand founders Fran and Naomi say they founded Tomboy X because they wanted "underwear that fit regular bodies and fit how we saw ourselves." From that, they've launched a wide range of styles, so everyone can find a fit that reflects themselves.

Photos by Kiam Marcelo Junio/Christopher Sonny Martinez, courtesy of Rebirth Garments

Rebirth Garments
Specifically created for the trans and disabled communities, Rebirth Garments focuses on providing clothing for people who have the most trouble finding things to fit their bodies. It notes that these communities "have very particular clothing needs that are not adequately served by mainstream clothing designers," and it aims to provide a colorful, uplifting solution.

Photos courtesy of Origami Customs

Origami Customs
Origami Customs is hell-bent on making sure its products are available to every size, shape, gender, and ability. It offers free upgrades of fasteners and style designs to make its pieces comfortable and easy for everyone, and even offers studio fittings if customers are unable to take their own measurements. The brand also works with Planned Parenthood, Point of Pride, and the Unmentionables to offer free products to people who can't access gender-affirming garments.

Photos courtesy of Play Out Underwear

Play Out Underwear
Play Out offers underwear with and without pouches, which means that the brand will have something to fit you comfortably regardless of what you have down there. Although they are designed slightly different for comfort, they are not gendered at all, and each style is offered with and without a pouch, so no one is limited to a specific section based on genitals.

Photo courtesy of Pyramid Seven

Pyramid Seven
Based on the idea that anyone along the gender spectrum can menstruate, Pyramid Seven offers gender-affirming styles with leak-resistant features and a space to secure menstrual products. You can wear these pieces even if you don't have a period, though, of course.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

"Shame on you"

After actress Bella Thorne posted her own topless photos following a hacker threatening to release them, Whoopi Goldberg criticized her for having taken them in the first place during a segment of The View. In response, Thorne took to her Instagram stories to call out Goldberg for shaming her body and sexuality and announce that she'd be canceling her interview with The View.

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RIP

Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club is canceled. According to a new report by Page Six, Lohan's MTV reality series will not produce a second season. What's more, Lohan's beach resort on the Greek island of Mykonos, which the show centered around, appears to have also shuttered.

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"Hope you're okay up there," okay

Billie Eilish paid tribute again to XXXTentacion; this time, for the one-year anniversary of his death. In a series of three posts to her Instagram Stories, Eilish remembered the rapper without naming him directly, writing "miss you," "hope you're okay up there," and "long live you" over black, blank screens. The tribute, screen-grabbed by a fan account and first reported on by NME, has already garnered criticism online.

"Up where baby he's in hell," a popular tweet from @vondylantweets wrote. Jokes aside, Eilish's continued support of the rapper and convenient refusal to acknowledge his long history of violent abuse is extremely disappointing.

Last year on the day of his death, Eilish posted a screengrab of a conversation with XXXTentacion captioned, "the strongest human being ive ever known. all you ever did was care." Months later, she played a tribute song for XXXTentacion, and was called out for her disappointing ignorance of his horrifying history of abuse (notably by NYLON).

One day following her first performance of the song, recordings of XXXTentacion admitting to domestic abuse and stabbing nine people were released by Pitchfork. In April of this year, Eilish defended her performance yet again, insisting her right to mourn while still not acknowledging his actions.

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How The Used's Bert McCracken and Circa Survive's Anthony Green keep things in check

The emo icons of the 2000s are still here and still rocking, but instead of partying hard on their time off, they're... doing yoga and barre? Talented as ever, Bert McCracken of The Used and Anthony Green of Circa Survive will be playing for audiences across the country during the Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Festival.

The Used and Circa Survive are two of the main headliners of the first DISRUPT Festival, which kicks off Friday, June 21, in Dallas, Texas, and ends July 28 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The festival will also feature other longtime fan favorites Thrice and Sum 41, as well as bands slightly newer to the scene (but no stranger to the Warped Tour scene), like The Story So Far, Four Year Strong, and Sleeping With Sirens.

We caught up with McCracken and Green ahead of the festival to discuss what they're most excited for about DISRUPT, the resurgence of emo music, and keeping mental health in check while touring.

"There's been a lot of talk about what could maybe take the place of Warped Tour and replace that spirit and that energy, and I think this might be it—maybe even a stepped-up version of what Warped Tour was before," McCracken says of DISRUPT. "There are so many cool bands on it, and all of us know each other from so far back."

"That's my favorite thing about it so far—thinking about getting to see your friends that you don't get to see that often," Green adds. "When I watch my friends play that I admire, I'm inspired. It makes me want to play better. It's just going to be this ball of energy, everybody just feeding off each other."

With both bands' origins dating back to over 15 years ago, McCracken and Green share extreme gratitude that they still get to do what they love to do and that they get to be a part of this emo resurgence. Of the latter, McCracken says, "We all saw it coming. I think there's a moment now where people are ready for people to be honest again. Humans have an opportunity now to remember what it feels like to connect with other humans on this new level."

Green adds, "The way I was raised, it was very difficult to connect with my emotions. I was taught to shut my emotions down a lot and not connect with them. So to have this thing [emo music] to celebrate that's, like, you're feeling angry, you're feeling sad, you're feeling happy, and it's an overabundance of that, to me it's just... oh man. I feel so grateful for that. And that's part of our job... to give praise to our emotions, to our feelings. To say it's okay to have these feelings, and I love that."

The emo revival goes hand-in-hand with this point of time, when it's finally acceptable for us to be open about our mental health, to share the struggles we go through, and hopefully not be scrutinized harshly.

McCracken and Green have both been very open about their own mental health and addiction struggles in the past, and continue to be so. They share the importance of keeping their mental health in check, and how they plan to continue to do so while touring. Green says, "We talk about tour in the sense of, 'How do we keep our mental health and our physical health up so that we can do this and honor this job?'" The plan they have in place? The same simple advice endorsed by doctors everywhere, and now, emo musicians. As per McCracken: "I've found that the one thing that makes me feel better than anything else is—it's almost funny how obvious it is—eating healthy and doing a bit of exercise."

Green and McCracken both cite exercise as a healthy habit that helped them get over their bad ones. Green got into fitness as a means of dealing with his withdrawals when overcoming addiction, and then it became a regular part of his self-care rituals. "It became a thing where I felt good about myself afterward... and I hadn't felt good about myself in a real natural way [prior]." He adds, "You're in the moment when you're exercising, whether you're doing yoga or kickboxing. I did a barre class! It was so fun! You're focusing yourself in a positive way and trying to get your mind and body connected. Making time to do that for myself helps me."

McCracken adds, "I struggled with depression before I sunk deep into addiction and that's the one thing I found—if I'm working hard, if I'm sweating, I'm not depressed. It's almost magic."

"Music is one of those things that, like, whether someone's going through struggles with addiction or depression or whatever, it's always been that thing for people to go to to find unity or a community," Green says.

If you or anyone you know are feeling symptoms of depression or other mental illness, seek help from a mental health professional.

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