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child_friendly No Panty Day

Do you wear panties? Well, you shouldn't today, because it's No Panty Day. This is a day geared more towards ladies, but guys can participate too. It's a day for not wearing any panties—which are also called knickers or undies in some countries, such as in the United Kingdom and Ireland—and maybe for throwing away some old, worn out pairs as well. There are a few theories as to how the day started. One says that at one point it was added to Wikipedia's list of awareness days, likely as a hoax. Another says it was probably started after and also because of No Pants Day. A third theory says it started in the 1940s, by women who did less laundry as a way to support the war effort.

Panties are usually worn by females as undergarments. They are usually form-fitting, but some types are loose. They ordinarily have an elastic waistband, a crotch panel (often lined with cotton), and leg openings—which also may be elastic. There are many different styles. Since the 1970s, the legs of panties have been very short, or nonexistent altogether. There are many different styles, which are determined by the different amount of rear coverage, the width of the sides, and the height at which they are worn. They can also be made of many different types of fabric. Some styles of panties are:

  • Briefs: They rise to the waist or just below the navel, and fully cover the backside. Classic briefs are often called granny panties. There are also high-cut briefs and control briefs.
  • Boyshorts: They are similar to men's boxer briefs, with short legs going below the crotch.
  • Boxers
  • Hipster: They are worn low, with their waistband being around the hips.
  • Bikini: They sit at the hip like hipsters, but they have narrower fabric on the sides. String bikinis have no fabric on the sides. They have less coverage of the backside than briefs.
  • Tanga: They have less coverage of the backside than a bikini, and the waistband is a narrow strip on the sides.
  • Thong: There barely is any coverage of the rear, and there is a narrow strip of fabric between the buttocks that becomes wider at the top.
  • G-string: They are similar to a thong, but there is even less coverage of the backside, as only a string connects the crotch to the waistband.

Underwear similar to panties has been found on statuettes in Egyptian tombs, dating back to around 4,400 BCE, during the Badari period. It wasn't until the fifteenth century when leggings began being worn under skirts. This was done mainly for warmth, and they eventually became loose-fitting drawers and underpants. During Renaissance times, undergarments were worn to protect women from the cold, to keep them clean, to keep their thighs from being seen if they fell off of a horse, and so the skin under their skirt couldn't be touched by men.

At the same time as they were being used to bring modesty, they were seen by many as being immodest, because they directly touched female genitals. In this way, they were not necessarily concealing genitals but were drawing attention to them. Thus, until the mid-nineteenth century, the undergarments were usually only worn by prostitutes and little girls. Each leg of the garment was separate at the time, and the crotch area was often open and not sewed together. The two separate legs gave them the name "panties."

Union Suits, popular during the Victorian Era (1837-1901), were similar to long johns of today and reflected the repressed female sexuality of the time. Lace and color did start making their way into undergarments, though, influencing the panties of today, and being worn by those who didn't adhere to the rigid sexual norms of the time. Elizabeth Smith Miller invented bloomers in 1890. These loose fitting and less restrictive undergarments were made popular by Amelia Bloomer.

By World War I, panties worn by the general public began changing. They began getting shorter as skirts became shorter. The panties were no longer open, but were closed between the legs instead. Flappers of the 1920s needed looser panties and began to wear step-ins. French can-can dancers of the 1930s also wore very short underwear.

At the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 1949, Gertrude Moran wore a short tennis dress that revealed a lace-trimmed undergarment; this was a groundbreaking event at the time. Another important moment occurred in 1955 when Marilyn Monroe's skirt blew to reveal her underpants in The Seven Year Itch. These events would have been unthinkable in the Victorian Era of a half-century prior. The 1960s brought the arrival of bra and panty sets, disposable paper panties, and the rise of the bikini—this was also the time of the sexual revolution. The G-string rose in popularity in the 1980s, and thongs became popular in the 1990s, as did clothing being worn so that panties could be seen. Overall, the changes in views of female sexuality were reflected in the type of panties that women were wearing. But today takes it a step further, as no panties are worn at all!

How to Observe

The day is quite simple, as all you need to do to celebrate is to not wear panties. Perhaps you have some older panties that you can get rid of to make room for some new panties in your dresser. Do you not usually wear panties? This should be a pretty easy day to celebrate then!

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