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Debagging, also known as depantsing and just known as pantsing in the United States, is the pulling down of a person's trousers or underwear mostly against their wishes, typically as a practical joke, but in other instances as a (somewhat common) sexual fetish. The most common method is to sneak up behind the intended victim, grab the trousers at the waist, and apply a quick downward tug before the victim is aware of the assailant's presence.
Pantsing is a common prank in school gym classes as a form of bullying. Its most extreme form includes running the trousers up the school flagpole. Some U.S. colleges before World War II were the scenes of large-scale "depantsing" scraps between freshman and sophomore males, often involving more than 2,000 participants. It is also an initiation rite in fraternities and seminaries. It was cited in 1971 by Gail Sheehy as a form of sexual assault against grade school girls, which did not commonly get reported, although it might include improper touching and indecent exposure by the perpetrators. The United States legal system has prosecuted it as a form of sexual harassment of children.
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The corresponding term in Australia is dakking, dacking or daxing, which originated from DAKS Simpson, a clothing brand that became a generic term for pants and underwear. In Scotland the process is often known as breeking or breekexxing from the word "breeks" meaning trousers. In New Zealand the act is known as giving someone a down trou or "a drou"; in Ireland jocking, zoonking or ka-blinking; in the north of England kegging (or quegging).
Types of pantsing
Pantsing can be used as a form of bullying and is technically the crime of simple assault. The practice has been viewed as a form of ritual emasculation. In 2007, British Secretary of State for Education and Skills Alan Johnson, in a speech to the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, criticized such bullying and criticized YouTube for hosting a movie (since removed) of a teacher being pantsed, saying that such bullying "is causing some [teachers] to consider leaving the profession because of the defamation and humiliation they are forced to suffer" and that "Without the online approval which appeals to the innate insecurities of the bully, such sinister activities would have much less attraction."
Juanita Ross Epp is highly critical of teachers who regard pupils pantsing one another as normal behavior, saying that debagging makes pupils feel intimidated and uncomfortable and that "normal is not the same as right".
Pantsing occurs most often in school. Girls will collude with dominant boys in targeting weaker boys, and may also single out certain boys that do not share attributes with the dominant male group without the help of or the instigation of boys. Students with underdeveloped bladders who have to wear diapers are often targets of pantsing in order to expose the diaper and humiliate them.
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