Thinx Comically Highlights the Generation Gap in Ads for Period Underwear
Back in the old days, period underpants were the permanently blood-stained skivvies you wore at your time of the month so you wouldn't ruin your good pairs. Times have changed, and there's more options than pads, tampons and cups. There's sustainable, reusable period underwear, like Thinx.
The brand launched a pair of ads, created by agency Oberland and directed by Pamela Adlon—the first commercial spots from the actor, director, producer and screenwriter, who recently signed with Girl Culture Films—to illustrate "How a New Generation Thinx."
"Saved by Sister," promoting the launch of Thinx Teens, relieves a girl from having her mom uncomfortably and awkwardly show her how to insert a tampon. Big Sis comes to the rescue, kicks Mom out of the bathroom and hands Little Sis a pair of Thinx Teens.
Slow but welcome innovation is discussed in a second spot, "Moon Landing."
"When I was young, we managed to put a man on the moon. But for 35 years, I had to search for a string in my butt crack," remarks a mom.
More spots are coming later this year and into 2023. We spoke with Lisa Topol, managing partner and ECD at Oberland, about the multigenerational campaign.
Muse: How did you come up with the concept?
Lisa Topol: We have people in all stages of their period at Oberland. So we pulled from our own experiences. And there were many. Funny. Stressful. Nuts. Messy. When Thinx came out, I remember being so jealous that they didn't get here sooner. They could have saved so many of life's most embarrassing moments. That was the inspiration for 'Moon Landing.' I can assure you that if Neil Armstrong were Nellie Armstrong, the world would have been focused on better period technology a lot sooner.
We realized we had moments and stories for every generation. Perfect for Thinx, who has a product for every generation. That's when we landed on "How a New Generation Thinx."
Why is talking about periods still taboo?
It's bonkers, but predictable, that talking about periods it still taboo. We've made progress, but it's still a male-dominated society, and the daily needs of menstruators are still not deemed important enough. It's why we've been dealt the binary choice of pads and tampons for so long. We've been stuck with the same option for decades and it's about time technology caught up with period care.
We see laws on the books right now dangerously regressing the rights of reproductive health, so it's really not hard at all to see why periods still aren't part of normal conversation.
What will future ads cover? Will they have the same tone?
The future ads in "How a New Generation Thinx" are also directed by Pamela Adlon and will cover products across the Thinx portfolio from teens to people in menopause. They will all share that sense of candid comedy through stories that feel very relatable, and oftentimes awkward, to so many of us.
Senior Director, Brand & Content - Sara Plotkin
Chief Growth Officer - Crystal Zerrenner
Creative Director - Lauren Renner
VP, Communications & Public Affairs - Felicia Macdonald
Co-founder/CCO - Bill Oberlander
Co-Founder/CEO - Drew Train
Managing Partner, ECD - Lisa Topol
Managing Partner, Chief Strategy Director - Kate Charles
Director of Strategy - Emily Waite
AD: Henrik Bakke-Hereide, Monica Taylor
CW: Marta Lala, Michele Jaret
Brand Director - Ronni Chow
Sr. Project Manager - Liz Grover
Executive Producer - Clair Grupp, ClairCollective
Production Company: GIRL CULTURE FILMS
Director: Pamela Adlon
Co-Founders: Lauren Greenfield and Frank Evers
Managing Director: Tori Palmatier
Executive Producer: Jenn Ingalls
DP: Michelle Lawler
Producer: Jessica Zerby
Line Producer: Gabrielle Yuro, Sean Lyness
Production Designer: Grace Alie
POST: Metro Pictures Editorial
Editor: Paul Norling
Producer: Mary Stasilli
Assistant Editor: Eric Brodeur
COLOR: Mad Color
MIX: Margarita Mix
Engineer: Paul Hurtubise