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Types of panties

A wide variety of types of panties exist. Bikini panties are designed so that the hip connectors are small, like on those of swimwear. String bikini panties are the most commonly worn type in the United States and are similar to regular bikini panties, but instead of a thin hip grip, they have a small string, which sometimes ties around the waist rather than being pulled up over them. String bikinis are considered more revealing. String bikinis are usually made of satin or silk, but occasionally from other fabrics. High-cut, or control top, are cut higher on the hip to slightly pull in and shape the stomach to conceal obesity. High-cut are usually worn by older women and are often shunned by younger women. Boyshorts describe a type of female underwear that has a lower, thicker cut of material around the hips, making them appear as shorts that men would wear. They are sometimes by men and women alike criticized as not being feminine, although some women do wear them. The g-string is a thong panty with a string running between the buttocks. It is often jokingly referred to as "floss" by critics and some comedians.

Panties are made of a variety of materials and fabrics including satin, silk, pvc, cotton, nylon, mesh, lace, rawhide, leather, latex, lycra, and/or polyester.

In British English, and in places such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa and India, panties are often referred to as knickers. The term knickers is not generally used in the USA and Canada, where the term "panties" is usually favored.

Women's panties or knickers


Before recent times, women's underwear were made with the primary function of body contortion. In the 1940s, Frederick's of Hollywood opened shop in Hollywood, California and began selling corsets and lingerie with a much more fashionable appeal to them. These new styles of women's undergarments possessed a greater sexual feel, made even more glamorized by models such as Bettie Page.

Colorful, bright, sexy, and flashier fashions of women's lingerie were becoming available. More fabrics such as satin, lace and silk began to be incorporated into the makeup of women's lingerie, making them more desired by females and more sensual to males. This is perhaps the great turning point when panties became more than simple hygiene products and developed into an icon of pleasure and sexuality worldwide.

Since then, women in flattering and provocative panties and lingerie have become a staple of several functions of men's and lesbian's popular culture. Several men's magazines such as Maxim and FHM often use images of attractive females in sensual lingerie to capture mainstream appeal.

Cultural impact

During the 1960s, there was a stir among the old, traditional views of women's undergarments that they wanted to look more like females anatomies. Female anatomy was largely misunderstood due to censorship of the subject. Some feminist women were proclaiming how traditional women's undergarments were created to impose control and distort the appearance of women's figures. This movement caused many females to have a new outlook on how they viewed their undergarments. The underpants began to have themselves made more like woman anatomy.

Not long after, in the 1970s, a new chapter in women's taste opened. Women's undergarments became even more sexualized due to the ongoing sexual revolution at that time. The underpants got smaller and skinnier and began to sexualize themselves more up front.

In today's society, panties have become an item of great interest in themselves. Considered by some to be risqué, panties have caused the lingerie industry to take advantage of their erotic associations. Lingerie chains such as Victoria's Secret and Frederick's of Hollywood hold annual modeling shows to showcase new varieties of panties and other assorted lingerie.

A number of non-nude pornography websites survive through selling photo sets of women posing in panties and other lingerie.

In most modern cultures, panties have become a bit of a cultural icon describing sexual mischief and a fun way of life, especially for teenage girls and women in their early twenties who are more likely to enjoy them than women who grew up wearing granny panties. In Japan, panties (pantsu) are commonly depicted as being a highly flirtatious, naughty element to a female's persona.

When a girl's skirt comes up high enough for her panties to be seen, it is called a 'upskirt' or 'panty shot'. Many websites on the internet make profits from selling the aforementioned kind of pornography or voyeurism.

Spanking Panties


Spanking pants are panties with additional openings in the back designed to expose the buttocks.

While the name spanking pants suggests that the wearer could be spanked on his or her bare bottom without removing or repositioning the panties, this item may be worn for reasons other than spanking (for instance, humiliation).

"Going Commando"

Commando is an English language term meaning to go without underwear. It is particularly applied to females who do not wear panties and tights (N America, pantyhose) under a skirt or dress.

In BDSM, it is often required by a Dominant as means of concentrating the submissive's or slave's mind on her condition. For instance, 'I went commando for the weekend because Master required it". There are many opportunities for anxiety, for embarrassment, and for humiliation for the sub. Her body is instantly accessible at the lift of the skirt, or something may be revealed by accident, especially if the skirt is very short.

In the classic BDSM novel, Story of O, O is required to be without underwear and in a dress at all times.

See also


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