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Three Countries Have Banned Lace Panties - You Won't Believe Why

Two years after it passed, a "no lace" law is poised to go into effect

Panties in a twist ...
Panties in a twist ...
Addicted to your luxuriously lacy Hanky Pankies? Good thing you don't live in Russia, Kazakhstan or Belarus.

A ban on non-absorbent undergarments, initiated by the Customs Union in 2012, will go into effect. The new legislation calls for all underwear to have a 6 percent absorption rate -- lace only clocks in at three or four.

Why does the government give a hoot about how much moisture is absorbed by panties? That's what a group of Kazakh women protesting the ban wanted to know when they demonstrated in a "Panties for the President" protest with panties on their heads. Thirty women were arrested for speaking their minds.

"It irritates me the most that the authorities want to decide what I should wear," Iryna Davydenko, a bank manager who travels regularly between Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine told a newspaper. "As if all other issues in the country are solved and the only outstanding issue is ladies' panties."

Not surprisingly, Hilary Clinton, who was secretary of state in 2012 when the law passed, wasn't a fan, saying that things like this are an attempt to "re-Sovietize the region." Ouch.

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