Pegging (sexual practice)

Pegging is a sexual practice in which a woman performs anal sex on a man by penetrating his anus with a strap-on dildo.

A naked man is on all fours. A naked woman is knelt behind him wearing a pink strap-on dildo. The woman is preparing to penetrate the man's anus with the dildo.
A woman pegging a man doggy style with a 4-strap harness and dildo

The neologism "pegging" was popularized after it became the winning entry in a contest for the "Savage Love" sex advice column, held by Dan Savage in 2001 upon observing that English lacked a common name or dictionary entry for the act.[1]

Pleasurable aspectsEdit

Some may find stimulation of the anus, rectum, and especially the prostate, pleasurable. Prostate stimulation may even lead to an orgasm.[2] (see Prostate massage#As a sexual practice for more information).

In popular cultureEdit

Prior to the coinage of "pegging":

Various popular culture references since the coinage of "pegging":

  • Pegging was featured in the 2005 series of the UK comedy Peep Show (2005), in a scene where Jeremy (Robert Webb) is pegged by his then girlfriend Michelle (Shelley Blond).[8]
  • It was featured in the television show Weeds, during the episode "Crush Girl Love Panic" (2006).[3]
  • In the January 2007 pilot episode of Dirt, Lucy Spiller (Courteney Cox) blackmails Prince Tyreese (Rick Fox) with photographs of him being pegged by a prostitute.[3]
  • The September 2007 film YPF features a storyline in which a couple who feel their lovemaking has become boring over time, attempt to spice up their sex by trying pegging.[3]
  • As an author of sex guides and informational books on various sexual taboos, Violet Blue wrote and released The Adventurous Couple's Guide to Strap-On Sex in 2007.[citation needed]
  • Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Anal Pleasure for Men (2009) is an adult instructional video for anal sex for men made by Tristan Taormino and released through Vivid Entertainment.[9]
  • The theatre company Pack of Others have an entire theatrical performance devoted to "spreading the word about the pleasures of prostate stimulation and strap-on sex".[10] The show has toured nationally and won Best Comedy at the 2008 San Francisco Fringe Festival.[11]
  • In the episode "Knockoffs" of TV series Broad City, Abbi Abrams pegs Jeremy Santos.[12]
  • In the 2016 movie Deadpool, an R-rated pegging scene was enacted as part of a montage of sexual activity between the male protagonist and his girlfriend Vanessa Carlysle.[13]
  • In the episode "To Peg Or Not To Peg" of TV Series The Bold Type, Kat pegs Cody.[14]
  • In episode 12 of TV series Vida Lyn pegs Rudy. In episode 20 it is referenced that she pegged Johhny.[15]
  • In the second episode of the second season of Bonding, Pete mentions pegging in his standup routine.
  • In the webcomic Ménage à 3 (2008—2019), one of the main characters, Gary, has a continuing relationship with a girl named Peggy, who likes to peg.[16]

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ These three links chronicle how the term pegging came into usage.
  2. ^ Levin, R. J. (January 2018). "Prostate-induced orgasms: A concise review illustrated with a highly relevant case study: Prostate-Induced Orgasms". Clinical Anatomy. 31 (1): 81–85. doi:10.1002/ca.23006. S2CID 36790429.
  3. ^ a b c d e Nault, Curran (Summer 2010). "Bend Over Boyfriend to Take it Like a Man: pegging pornography and the queer representation of straight sex". Jump Cut (52). Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Sade, Marquis (2010). La Philosophie dans le boudoir [Filozofija v budoarju ali Nemoralni učitelj] (in Slovenian). Ljubljana: Center za slovensko književnost. p. 110. ISBN 978-961-6789-14-1.
  5. ^ Philosophy in the Boudoir: Or, The Immoral Mentors. Penguin Classics. 2006. p. 74. ISBN 978-0143039013.
  6. ^ Sweet, Brian (2000). Steely Dan: Reelin' in the Years. Omnibus Press. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-7119-8279-6.
  7. ^ "Official Steely Dan FAQ". Archived from the original on January 27, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  8. ^ "Peep Show – Episode Guide – Episode One: Mugging (11 November 2005)". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 16 December 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  9. ^ Bridges, Ana J.; Sun, Chyng; Wosnitzer, Robert; Scharrer, Erica; Liberman, Rachael (September 2008). "A comparison of male and female directors in popular pornography: what happens when women are at the helm?". Psychology of Women Quarterly. 32 (3): 312–325. doi:10.1111/j.1471-6402.2008.00439.x. S2CID 143657655.
  10. ^ "Peg-Ass-Us". Pack of Others. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  11. ^ Jones, Chad (September 23, 2008). "Fringe felicitations: Best of winners, encores announced". Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  12. ^ Hope, Clover (February 5, 2015). "Last Night's Broad City Was All About Pegging". Jezebel. Archived from the original on July 16, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  13. ^ Le Vine, Lauren (February 9, 2016). "We Need to Talk About the Pegging Scene in Deadpool". Refinery29. Archived from the original on July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  14. ^ Frey, Meaghan (2020-02-27). "The Bold Type Season 4 Episode 6 Review: To Peg or Not to Peg". TV Fanatic. Archived from the original on 2020-08-06. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  15. ^ "Vida Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: Strap-On, Snitches, and Secrets". 21 June 2019. Archived from the original on 22 June 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Pixie Trix Comix - Ménage à 3 - Bringing him chocolates". Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-07.

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