Maybe the reason we refer to our genitals as “junk” is because we treat them like garbage.
From an evolutionary standpoint, our frank-and-beans are the most important (albeit funny looking) appendages on our body, yet we suffocate them behind ill-fitting fabrics apparently designed for Ken dolls.
Our junk is the source of our greatest pleasures, our genetic legacies and a startling amount of our decision making, but we tend to put more careful consideration into buying footwear than underwear.
Stop the insanity, say some junk-minded entrepreneurs. A couple of months ago, we shared the story of Junk Jeans, a Kickstarter-funded project aimed at developing denim dungarees with deeper divots for your dingly-danglies.
Although Junk Jeans provide a simple, effective solution — a roomier crotch for comfier junk — they failed to get to the root of the problem. Unless you’re going commando, underwear is the most immediate source of discomfort down there.
Boxers, briefs and boxer briefs — all are insufficient to meet the groinular comfort needs of a contemporary gentleman, says entrepreneur Greg Donmoyer, who believes he has created a solution in Helux Gear.
The 135 backers who collectively coughed up nearly $5,000 in Kickstarter funding (double what he sought) seem confident enough in the idea to put their junk in his hands. Figuratively.
Basically, he’s created underpants that provide the support of briefs, the comfort of boxers and the no-riding-up technology of boxer-briers — and, crucially, some breathing room for your boys. The Helux underpants also have a special elastic access system in front that easily allows you to whip out your junk for a pee or, ideally, something even better.
Here’s the pitch.
It’s certainly not the first kind of underwear to boast extra roominess for your pals down under, but it’s the first to combine comfort, support, easy access and not looking ridiculous.
Calling them “ergonomic underpants” seems like a bit of a misnomer, though. The term “ergonomic” derives from the Greek terms for “natural” and “work.” If your work involves being in your underpants, chances are your junk is already being treated quite nicely.