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Pantsing or depantsing is slang for the forcible pulling down of someone else's pants, shorts or skirt when the wearer is caught unaware. It is a common schoolyard prank or practical joke. In Britain, it has been known as debagging (from "Oxford bags", a loose-fitting baggy form of trousers), though this is a rather old-fashioned term.

Pantsing often precedes spanking of the depantsed individual. Pantsing is also a form of humiliation related to forced nudity and can thus be a form of punishment.

A pantsing attempt does not always succeed, e.g. when the person notices the attacker in time, or when the pants are too tight-fitting to be pulled down easily.

Pantsing provoked by exhibitionists

Many pantsing events are provoked by the "victim", as he acts on exhibitionist desires. An episode of The Simpsons deals with such an incident, which is far more common than might be imagined. One of the characters – Martin – brings about his own unbreeching, as he frankly admits to himself.

Martin wears 22 pairs of swimsuits to the pool, of which Bart manages to snatch 5. What happens next reveals something about Martin’s hidden motives.

Bart: [coming up for air] Look, Liz, I snatched five bathing suits - all Martin's!
Martin: Take your best shot! I'm wearing seventeen layers.
[Tough kids surround him and tear at his bathing suits] Ha ha ha -- [gasps, notices his layers are gone]
[quietly] I brought this on myself.
At the end of the episode, the school bully Nelson rips off Martin’s last bathing suit, leaving him standing alone, but strangely composed, by the pool. As he feels the breeze on his naked bottom, he sings a little song:
Nelson: [rips off Martin's bathing suit] Ha! Ha!
Martin: Oh. The gentle caress of the summer breeze…
[sings] The summer wind
Came blowing in
From across the sea...

A brief screenplay of the episode can be found here. Such incidents, where the pantsers and pantsees unconsciously conspire to live out mild fantasies are very common in schools, especially boys' only institutions.

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