Today, when I scroll through the Body Aware website and read the product reviews and descriptions, I see people often call their product panties. I can’t tell a lie, I’ve always liked the word panties, I think both for the sound and all my connotations of what they represent. Despite my own proclivities and interests, however, seeing the word pop up in so many product reviews and descriptions on the Body Aware site made me wonder, what exactly are panties?
As always with these kinds of questions, I started with a quick google search, which mostly led me to dictionary definitions. And these definitions I found online were both predictable and disappointing. Every dictionary I found online defined panties as underwear for women (the urban dictionary gave a more entertaining definition, but still the same basic premise), though many of us who are interested in experimenting with underwear and alternative ways of self-expression understand that the term can have much more nuisance and complexity, and thus this basic dictionary search didn’t answer my questions at all.
I’ve been trying to come up with my own definition of panties, but not sure I am making any progress. I do think panties differ from underwear, at least in concept, suggesting something about the cut, design, and fabric of the garment. When you think of panties, you don’t think of plain colored cotton underwear with worn-out waistbands, but rather of colorful and delicate fabrics with minimal and flattering cuts. A word like underwear seems to suggest something that serves a basic purpose; panties are soft, delicate, intimate, and inviting.
There is no denying that until recently women had many more options in underwear, and I think the very term panties suggests this kind of palette – one of rich colors, fabrics, and textures. I also think of panties as being a bit more decorative, almost like the wrapping on a Christmas present. Or maybe like a sexy little garnish to help accentuate the main dish. So if you think of it this way, panties suggest a full menu of color and delicacy and surprises and are not just underwear for women.
There is also something just to the word itself. When you speak or think of underwear, somehow it doesn’t trigger the imagination. The very word panties, however, seems delightful, naughty, and playful. It’s fun to say!
The problem with the definitions I found for panties online is that the whole idea is so much more evolved and complicated, full connotations and associations that are much more than just underwear for women. If you look at Body Aware and all the great things going on in men’s underwear design today, you cannot deny that panties have evolved into so much more, something that is not gender specific. I love all my undies with sheer fabrics, lace, and luscious colors. Indeed, I can say with pride that I love my panties and don’t think of them as something just for women at all anymore!
What are your thoughts on calling underwear panties? Let us know in the comments below!
Signing off for now!