Great question, Natalie. I have often written about that very same question related to men — “How is a man’s brief any different than a speedo?” — and yet, it is acceptable to wear Speedo’s in public as well. I believe that “traditional old-school way of thinking,” is as much an American way of thinking (not to say that other countries around the world do not think that way). Does not seem to be a big thing in Europe. Underwear is underwear. Why put patterns, prints, dots, and superhero images on our underwear if we are the only one who is going to see it? Just my thoughts.