Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Slut Studies

The Historical Emergence of Panty Theory
I have no interest in fully reviewing the heated debate between Rabenstein, Schwaberdunk and Smith with reference to the identity role of the researcher and the part it plays in exploring the identity struggles of panty sluts and various other types of sluts. Neither will I discuss issues of positionality and representation of sluttiness from the perspectives of post-structuralism, critical postmodernism, semiotics, feminism, queer theory or Honduras.

The intention of this article is merely to trace the historical and philosophical roots of modern panty theory.

With cultural diversity as their driving force, a number of social theorists have explored issues of representation and the role of the qualitative researcher in studying diverse "others". But what if the "other" is a panty slut? What then?

Although some effort has been made to better understand the relationship between the researcher and the researched in terms of important identity categories such as race and gender, little to no attention has, until recently, been devoted to the complexities experienced by academics exploring the lives and identity struggles of panty sluts.

This article seeks to fill some of that cavernous void within the field of Slut Studies by advocating the implementation of panty theory in a much, much more direct collaboration between researcher and research participant.

Human beings use symbols and exist in a world of meaning created by those symbols. All human behavior is symbolic. In other words, we’re more or less just phoning it in. Sexual behaviour is no exception. Not only are we phoning it in, the number terminates in Chile and international call rates apply.

Sexual behavior, particularly where it takes the form of sluttiness, is associated with a variety of activities, each carrying different meanings, including - but not limited to - attaining physical pleasure, creating intimacy, achieving spirituality, having fun, exerting power, or just simply putting on a pair of panties and being a slut (Luger, Gaston, Mortensen & Gubelknuge, 1997, p. 776).

The symbolic meanings associated with sluttiness and panties respectively affect how we think about ourselves, how we relate to others, and how others think and relate to us. As Klyster and Fröbisch stated,

"Being a slut as such is determined by a biological imperative toward sluttiness, but how one is a slut – where, when, how often, with whom, why, and wearing what – has to do with cultural learning, with meanings transmitted in a cultural setting. This is where the panties come in."


Panty theory is a theoretical and conceptual framework rather than a specific theory. Taking as its primary unit of analysis the individual panty slut, it emphasizes the micro interaction among panty sluts, face to face, or rather, face to panty. In other words, for a slut to be categorized as a panty slut requires a basic group membership, and as a minimum one pair of panties.

Until now most slut research has been atheoretical. Relatively little research has been designed to refine the definition of theoretical constructs or enhance the measurement of such constructs. Few researchers have tested theoretically-driven hypotheses or tried to build explanatory models; those who have, have been faced with insurmountable problems: The sluts keep taking their panties off or just falling over.

As such, one obvious recom-mendation for slut scientists would be to make stronger and more direct connections between theory and research. We need to use theory to generate hypotheses, and we need to design research that tests theory.

In conclusion, let me state that I view the future of Slut Studies with optimism. As I have indicated, important works of panty theory have recently emerged. A balanced assessment of the current state of slut research should include recognition of these important contributions, as they provide a foundation for the improvement and refinement of Slut Studies as a larger field.

As we approach a new dawn of sluttiness these theoretical perspectives can be refined and used to guide future research. Such a fusion of theoretical concerns and empirical analysis would benefit both panty theory and the field of Slut Studies at large.

In the immortal words of Jérôme Hearst Monceaux: Isn’t it time we all put on a pair of panties?

20 Comments:

Anonymous ungovernable said...

do you mind if i print this out, add the word Japanese, and then hand it in as my samfundshistorie assignment? i'm absolutely sure it'll earn me the 15 extra ect points i need to still be on lånekassens payroll!

3:17 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Panty theory is very big in Japan and everywhere else except Honduras.

3:47 pm  
Anonymous ungovernable said...

i thought i heard them say
"hasta la panty siempre"

4:57 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

I heard that too, but it was sort of muffled.

5:24 pm  
Anonymous ungovernable overspringshandlinger said...

hafta wa pfantchy fiempre

6:00 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Yes like that, but with more of a southern accent.

6:25 pm  
Anonymous un(govern)able said...

well thats just not on

6:44 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

That attitude is a perfect example of the influence of panty dialectics on the entire slut discourse.

6:49 pm  
Anonymous ungoveneral said...

samurai sluts. they didnt even wear panties

7:20 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Not to mention the terracotta sluts of China.

7:29 pm  
Anonymous ungovernable said...

yeah those bad bad ceramic sluts!
did they have clay underwear?
China was also the homestead of the 'cut sleeve' sluts. those sluts were actually men, and i dont know the colour of their panties

7:38 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

The color of panties... Starring Paul Newman.

"Panties won are twice as sweet as panties earned."

7:48 pm  
Anonymous ungovernable said...

sure wouldn't like to be in his panties these days.

8:00 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Adult diaper slut, that's what he is.

8:01 pm  
Anonymous ungovernable said...

aaaaaaaah I visionalized!!!

8:26 pm  
Anonymous ungovernable said...

actually i don't like to be in my panties either right now, i need to add 5 more pages to my litterature assignment that's to be turned in tomorrow, but then i can't help overspringe by entering this slutty pants discussion panel. It has got to stop i keep telling myself

8:29 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Ok. No more panties.

8:33 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

I'm off to work anyway.

8:33 pm  
Anonymous ungovernable said...

はい!頑張って!

8:48 pm  
Blogger Lasse said...

Since I (secretly) voted e) feel like a load of unknowingness has been taken of my shoulders.
I still want to see tha 0.07 % celebrity, news and popular culture somewhere.....

11:47 pm  

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