Underwear Week Gallery: 115 Grrrls And Bois Without Pants On

Welcome to Underwear Week, a whole week dedicated to your favorite bum-hugging clothesthings. As we said many moons ago, we feel a lady is at her best when she’s not wearing pants. And while our last adventure around this neck of the woods took us only as far as boyshorts, this time around we’re exploring the vast and many-flavored land of underwear. From edible panties to hoopskirts and history, we’ve got you covered. Just like your underwear.

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Even better than wearing underpants: looking at other girls who are wearing underpants! Click the first photograph to begin your journey:

Disclaimer: All of the photographs used in our galleries are taken from various tumblrs or other publicly accessible image-sharing sites and do not belong to us. All are linked and credited to the best of our abilities in hopes of attracting more traffic to the tumblrs and photographers who have blessed us with this imagery. The inclusion of a photograph in an Autostraddle gallery, unless otherwise declared, should not be interpreted as an assertion of the model’s gender identity or sexual orientation. If there is a photo included here that belongs to you and you want it removed or want to correct a crediting error, please email bren [at] autostraddle dot com and it will be removed or corrected promptly, no questions asked.

Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. I came out to my mom the other day and although she said she was fine with it, she tried to convince me that I was straight. I almost started second guessing myself… until I saw this post. Thanks autostraddle for reconfirming my sexuality! I am so gay.

  2. I follow a lot of Tumblrs that post pics of girls in their underwear. They give me feels, those pictures. And one of those feels is, ‘Am I the only chick with lines on her butt?’ Every butt I see on Tumblr is round with smooth baby skin. I haven’t had stretch marks on my butt (I have on my legs) but my skin is not smooth like in so many of the pics I see. It makes me feel a bit insecure when I see all those pictures. I’m fit and healthy and have gotten really toned in recent months but yeah… /coolstorybro

    • this. we’re starting to see more size diversity among the femmes that make it into the autostraddle galleries, but i’d still like to see some pantsless MoC/butch folk who look like me… stretch marks and all.

    • i spent so much time trying to find images to make this gallery as diverse as possible, w/r/t body size, race, gender identity — and omg the world is just not a place with those pictures in it, the pictures of MOC/butch ladies in their underpants. it sucks! there aren’t a lot of professional photographs (and I’m not going to use people’s personal photographs or selfies, even if they are on tumblr) of butch/MOC women without pants on. Sometimes an underwear band is exposed, but finding MOC/butch women with no pants on at all is difficult, let alone larger MOC/butch women. Which is unfortunate, as I’m a fan of MOC/butch women personally (see: my girlfriend), and would prefer them to be every photo in the gallery! But the imagery just doesn’t exist. (and in the past we’ve used images that turned out to be trans* men or non-binary folks or genderqueer folks, not butch women, despite their inclusion on, say, fuckyeahbutches, and we REALLY don’t want to make that mistake again! so we try to stick to photos where we can verify the gender identity of the model.) I spent more time on this than any sane person ever would, and then my brain turned into mayonaise.

      [ETA: also a lot of the plus-size femmes are actual plus-size models modeling lingerie for various vendors. there’s no such equivalent for MOC folks.]

      as for stretch marks, that’s just the nature of professional photography, unfortunately. stretch marks have been airbrushed out of photos since the beginning of time. or they’re covered it with makeup, or photo filters. also lots of stretch marks aren’t visible from far away. it’s super-shitty and annoying, but i have seen a shit-ton of naked girls in my life, and they ALL had stretch marks SOMEWHERE. (also ass stretch-marks are covered by underpants!)

      See! –>

      You Need Help: Binding Breasts and Stretching Marks

      • Hi Riese,

        Thanks for your reply and reassurance. I appreciate all your effort in putting together the gallery. and I understand how it would be difficult to have a lot of diversity. Thinking about it again, you’re right about the ass stretch marks/stretch marks in general thing. Sometimes, when I see the image over and over again, including photos that seem to be ordinary girls taking ‘selfies’, it makes me feel insecure (just like everybody else I suppose). It’s easy to forget how many people have Photoshop sometimes.

        Thanks again, Riese.

  3. Oh, yeah, I guess stretch marks wouldn’t really show in hi-res photography. Hopefully somewhere out there in queerland a college rugby team is shooting a calendar that’ll be sharp quality and make the 2014 AS gallery!

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