The Fetish of Panty Sniffing!

In this day and age, people are finding all kinds of ways to get their sexual kicks from watching porn to shoving foreign objects where the sun don’t shine. Sniffing the recently worn trollies of the fairer sex seems also seems to be all the rage these days, with videos of plumbers being caught on camera rooting through dirty laundry baskets of their clients and women actively selling their soiled briefs on the internet, there is a lot of it going on.

Finishing touch

There are numerous debates on the internet about why men are going gaga for the scent of a woman’s recently vacated undergarments. The term fetish is often used when describing the act of sniffing panties, however this can be a little misguided, as according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a ‘fetish’ is referred to as something that needs to be present otherwise the person with the disorder cannot get sexually aroused. This might be the matter in some cases, however it would be fair to say that most people that do enjoy snorting used grunts do it just to enjoy the scent of a female’s private parts and are sexually functional with or without doing it.

Just for Men?

For anyone that has watched the rather amusing 1982 comedy ‘Porky’s’, you may recall the scene when a very young Kim Catrall (of ‘Sex in the City’ fame), playing the part of a nympho-gym teacher, gets caught sniffing the male students’ sweaty gym shorts before getting raved by the male gym teacher.

Although satirical, there is many a truth told in jest, and sniffing underwear isn’t just isolated to the male population. A female poster on the forums of www.topix.com discusses her personal experiences of sniffing other women’s (and even her own) knickers:

“I enjoy sniffing and licking panties, I know sort of weird a girl who likes to sniff and lick panties but there are more girls out there than you realize that enjoy sniffing and licking panties. Girls are curious and many girls do it out of curiosity and many do it for the excitement of it and the pleasure. I love to sniff and lick panties, every girl smells and tastes so different. I also like to sniff and lick my own panties, many woman are comfortable with there [sic] own juices.”

Hardcore Panty Sniffing

Okay, so in most instances, it does mainly tend to be blokes that sniff dirty knickers to enjoy the fragrance of a woman’s flange. Alas! The more ‘hardcore’ knicker-sniffers don’t just get their rocks off smelling the musky scent of a vagina; the die-hard also enjoy other smells such as vaginal secretions, period blood, urine and even faeces! In fact, there is a plethora of websites on the world wide web where women are selling stained underwear items, and the dirtier they are, the higher the price seems to be.

If you are a woman who is quite willing and even comfortable with someone purchasing and enjoying your secretion-scents, then you are literally sitting on a gold-mine. There are even men that are willing to buy specific items of underwear for you to ‘wear-in’, so the only expenses that you would incur would be the cost of shipping your dirty knickers.

Online Used-Panty Stores

I think it would be unreasonable to say that if you are ‘shopping’ for dirty knickers online, you have a fetish to some degree, and whilst doing some research, I came across a used panties-for-sale website, ownmypanties.com. This website features a number of photographs of a woman wearing a variety of undergarments, providing the connoisseur with a visual of the panties being worn.

Now using ‘fetish’ in its broader sense, some people don’t just request worn panties, in fact the woman selling her underwear on the aforementioned site above also sells nighties, bikinis, nylons and even socks; because the scent of a woman shouldn’t just be isolated to the crotch area! You can also pay more for these garments by the number of days that they are worn in for, and the longer they are donned, the more smelly (or scented, depending on your perspective!) they get.

Beautiful buttocks. Close-up of perfect buttocks of the beauty lying in bed

For beginners, you can also buy panties that have been worn, but washed, should you be someone that is dipping their toe into the panty-sniffing waters, a sort of panty-placebo, enjoying the thrill of the fact that the panties have been worn in without the actual secretions being involved. On the other end of the spectrum, some panties are sold with female ‘cum’ in them, meaning that the wearer has masturbated through the panties before popping them in an envelope and sending them on to the horny recipient. There really does seem to be something for everyone at all levels of this kink.

The Psychology of Sniffing Panties

I would assume that for the panty-perverts perusing sites such as this, visuals would be a very important factor when it comes to enjoying their kink, looking at the photographs the sender has online whilst sniffing her knickers, knowing that this is how they got their fragrance. There is a strong psychological element to this, in the sense that the sniffer knows that the woman has worn those knickers in just for them, so it can be a very personal experience for them. The photograph is in essence the association between the wearing and the tangible undergarments that have their scent on them.

According to the user ‘louis7’ on the forums of www.hipforums.com, he and his wife take mutual enjoyment when it comes to this popular pastime:

“Nothing weird about it [sniffing panties], if it turns you on got for it. My wife and I often smell each others underwear, especially one with cum on them! 😉 ”

When women were asked on www.girlsaskguys.com if they get turned on when a guy sniffs their panties, there were some very mixed responses:

Reeses-pieces777 (age 27):
“lol only if it’s my boyfriend. yes it’s hot. Lol”

cuteflirtygirl (age 22):
“My boyfriend always sniff mine a lot before he gives me oral and I think it’s cute. That always turns him on so much and it makes me giggle! :-))”

eg-0914 (age 27):
“I hate it … it makes me feel extremely self-conscious. Yeah he may say that it has “my scent” or whatever but I feel like it just reeks & wish he wouldn’t. HATE it.”

bnobodycares (age24):
“if a guy I knew did that id be like WTF are you doing? get your nose away from there. Really I think its strange. iv heard of stealing panties, but, never getting high off them.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t a shameless sales tout on the message boards:

cricket11 (age 32):
“i sell my panties on CL.HA! kidding.well all like weird sexual shit… some of us are just afraid to admit it. if you like it, do it.more powah to ya brotha. ;)”

Yeah, I can barely understand that last one either.

Not Just Limited to Sniffing

Some people aren’t just satisfied with smelling the scent of someone’s private parts, and in fact, perhaps to the disgust of some of you reading this, many people like to actually taste the secretions that are smeared on used undergarments.

A popular theory for this that seems to recur on the internet is that this is a primal thing, much like a dog would like another dog’s arse and fanny, they like to ‘taste’ the genitals not just to reach a state of arousal, but apparently this also serves as a good indication as to the health of the intimate areas. For people that are sniffing a pair of panties on the sly, this could also be the closest to simulating oral sex on the wearer as they will be able to get, knowing what the personal parts of whom they admire tastes like, going back to the weird psychology of this fetish.

‘Bunters’

Until today, I had never heard of the term ‘bunter’. By definition, a bunter is someone who buys used undergarments from vending machines. Who’d have thought?!

You may have at some point heard about these vending machines in Japan that sell worn underwear from vending machines, and you would be forgiven for writing this off as being complete bollocks. However, this is not actually myth, and there are supposedly millions of vending machines in Japan dotted around the busy streets and back alleys serving such a purpose. For around 500 Yen, you could earn a pair of worn-in Japanese school girl panties, but rest assured that it is now law in Japan that a girl has to be of the age of 18 or over to sell them. Sometimes there is even a little photo of the wearer in the casing-ball that is dispensed with the dirty knickers too.

I really hope they don’t stick these machines next to the bubble gum and candy ring vendors!

Another term related to sniffing vagina comes from the pages of the ‘Roger’s Profanisaurus’, an invention of the UK adult comic Viz, a dirty-dictionary of British adult-themed colloquialisms, submitted by their readers:

Snurgling (v): the act of sniffing the recently vacated bicycle seat of an attractive woman

Panty Sniffing in Porn

Within the adult-movie industry, panty sniffing porn seems to be quite a popularly searched genre. These films usually follow the format of some well-hung stud going into the top drawer of an attractive teenage girl’s bedroom and getting caught wanking while sniffing her thongs and g-strings. At this point, she gets into a temporary rage that quickly subsides, resulting in the her getting extremely hot over it, ultimately bouncing on the bloke’s meaty rod. I am sure that is exactly what would happen.

Worryingly enough, whenever I Googled ‘panty sniffing porn’ as part of my research (ahem!), there is always some incest-themed videos hitting the top of the search ranks; it is either some guy sniffing his mother’s panties, his sister’s panties, a father sniffing his daughter’s panties or a step-brother getting pinched sniffing his step-sister’s under pant gussets. Granted (and hopefully!) it’s all acting, but it’s too fucking much in my honest opinion, and I cannot fathom why this would usually be associated with family members.

Overall Verdict

The act of sniffing panties is just like the popular brand of yeast extract, Marmite (perhaps a bad example there!); you either love it or hate it. Regardless of your thoughts of people smelling each others’ jocks, it is apparent that this is a popular sport amongst kinky bastards and perverts alike.

So ultimately, whether it is the taboo of doing this and the thrill of getting caught, it is something that is personal and intimate or you just love the smell of a woman’s clopper. It seems to be consensus that sniffing knickers is a primal thing and that it is probably stems down the animal instinct of smelling the pheromones of the fairer sex that really triggers the arousal of a man.

Seems legit to me.

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Martin Ward

Martin Ward is a well respected editor and writer with over five years experience in the adult industry. After stints in the Escort Advertising call centre and on the escort forum, he moved into the site editor position around three years ago.

Since then, he has specialised in articles on the battle for equal rights for sex workers, sexual health, as well as bringing the readers fun news from around the world. He also has a major interest in LGBT rights, and is an active campaigner in this field.

When he isn't fighting the good fight, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, and young daughter. He also enjoys reading and taking long walks.
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