Thinx sold its period underwear as a feminist cause — now its customers are questioning both

Lexie Abbott, a college student from Bethesda, Md., got several pairs of period underwear from the start-up Thinx for Christmas. Abbott really liked the absorbent, reusable product, and was eyeing another pair for her birthday next month.

That changed once she read a series of harmful allegations about the company, including an explosive Racked expose of its workplace culture and a New York Magazine story detailing a former employee’s sexual harassment allegations against Thinx’s founder and now ex-chief executive officer, Miki Agrawal.

“I had in my head they were a really good company doing things for disadvantaged women in other countries and being good to their employees,” Abbott said.

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