Shorts

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A woman in denim hotpants.

Shorts are a garment worn by both men and women over their pelvic area and the upper part of the upper legs or more, but not the entire length of the leg.

They are called "shorts" because they are a shortened version of trousers (as they are called in British English) or pants (in American English) which cover the entire leg, or most of it.

A type of shorts that are so short that they hardly cover all of the buttocks is called hotpants. Shorts worn for PE or gym classes in schools are called gym shorts.

Denim shorts are also known as jorts, a portmanteau of jeans and shorts. Sometimes regular jeans are cut off to turn them into shorts.

Shorts in spanking[edit]

F/m drawing by Spankart (2002).

In the past, shorts were mainly worn by boys and rarely by adult men, girls and women. In many regions (such as South and Southeast Asia) this is the case to the present day. In many places, shorts are also part of boy's school uniforms. In parts of Europe, until approximately the 1960s, it was common for preteen boys to be wearing shorts every day, even in winter. Wearing trousers was permitted to older boys and men only. Boys "advanced" from shorts to trousers around age 12 to 14.

The reason for such restrictions where twofold, first they use less material and before mass production this significantly reduced the cost in making them, and a child's growing meant they had to be replaced regularly. The other reason that is still true to an extent was a boy's play is expected to be rough and tumble, hence damaging the knees of long pants, causing them to need to be replaced earlier than growth necessitated, and older boys were trusted to take better care that this did not happen.

This background explains why shorts are often associated with "little boy's garments", and spankees in boy spanking art and literature are often depicted or described wearing shorts to emphasize their youth and boy's status.

Side button shorts[edit]

Side button shorts are shorts that are fastened at the sides with buttons, rather than at the front, as is usual today.

Short pants[edit]

Short pants, also known as school shorts, are shorts designed specifically to be worn as part of a school uniform. These are traditionally made in the same manner as fully tailored trousers, with belt loops, pockets, fly fastenings, and a lining, but cut to shorts length. Originally, wool flannel was used, as in long trousers, but nowadays these short trousers are more usually made from synthetic blend fabrics.

The traditional grey flannel shorts associated with British school uniform had become well-established by the 1920s, when they were knee-length or just above knee-length. Up until the 1950s school shorts were also described as 'knickers' in tailoring catalogues and jargon. This term possibly originated as an abbreviation of knickerbockers, which began being worn by schoolboys for sports in the 1880s. As the term 'knickers' had become synonymous with panties in the 20th century, it was rarely used colloquially for shorts. By 2004, a study of British private schools noted that traditional grey school shorts had become denoters of private or public school uniform, as they were no longer required wear by state schools. Similar tailored shorts form part of school uniform in a number of countries, including Australia, Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand, and are also part of the uniform worn by children in organisations such as the Cub Scouts.

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