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Teabagging is a slang term for the sexual act of a man placing his scrotum in the mouth of his sexual partner for pleasure, or onto the face or head of another person, sometimes as a comedic device.

The name of the practice, when it is done in a repeated in-and-out motion, is derived from its passing resemblance to the dipping of a tea bag into a cup of hot water as a method of brewing tea. As a form of non-penetrative sex, it can be done for its own enjoyment or as foreplay. The practice may also be performed during sexual assault.

Oral sexEdit

Along with the penis, the scrotum is sensitive and considered to be an erogenous zone. This makes varying degrees of stimulation an integral part of oral sex for many men.[1][2] And while some men may enjoy the stimulation, not every man responds to it.[3] Sex experts have praised various techniques that the performer can use during fellatio to increase their partner's pleasure. These include gently sucking and tugging on the scrotum and use of lips to ensure minimal contact with their teeth.[4][5] It has also been recommended as a form of foreplay or safer sex.[6][7] It presents a low risk of transmission for many diseases, including HIV.[8]

Its gain in prominence has been attributed to its depiction in the 1998 film Pecker, directed by John Waters.[9] It has since become popular enough with couples to be discussed during an episode of the television series Sex and the City.[10]

Sex and relationship experts have varying definitions on how the act is performed. According to columnist Dan Savage, the person whose scrotum is being stimulated is known as "the teabagger" and the one giving the stimulation is "the teabaggee": "A teabagger dips sack; a teabaggee receives dipped sack."[11] Some consider the act to be as simple as fellatio involving the scrotum.[5] Others consider the position to involve the man squatting over his reclined partner, while the testicles are repeatedly raised and lowered into the mouth. Whether or not licking and fondling is considered tea bagging was once debated on The Howard Stern Show.[12]

Social ridicule and harassmentEdit

Tea bagging is not always carried out consensually, such as when it is done as a practical joke,[9][13] which, in some jurisdictions, is legally considered sexual assault or sexual battery.[14] It has been practiced during hazing or bullying incidents with reports including groups holding down victims, while the perpetrator "shoved his testicles in [the victim's] face"[15] or puts his "crotch to his head".[16][17]

Imitating the act by repeatedly crouching over a fallen enemy has become a popular taunt in multiplayer first person shooter video games and platform games, done to imply domination, humiliation, or as a teasing joke.[16] Although some players may consider the act to be bad sportsmanship, its use has become widespread in video game culture.[18]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ MacLeod, Debra; MacLeod, Don (2009). Lip Service: A His and Hers Guide to the Art of Oral Sex & Seduction. Penguin Group. pp. 141–142. ISBN 978-1-58542-696-6.
  2. ^ Allison, Dr. Sadie. "Eight unique oral sex techniques". Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ O'Connell, Ryan (September 6, 2010). "6 things we have to stop doing during sex". Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  4. ^ Anderson, Dan (2002). Sex Tips for Gay Guys (reprint, illustrated ed.). Macmillan. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-312-28873-0.
  5. ^ a b Paget, Lou (1999). How to be a great lover: girlfriend-to-girlfriend totally explicit techniques that will blow his mind. Random House. pp. 148, 151. ISBN 978-0-7679-0287-8.
  6. ^ "5 Fun Foreplay Positions". Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  7. ^ Fulbright, Yvonne K. (2003). The Hot Guide to Safer Sex. Hunter House. p. 217. ISBN 978-0-89793-407-7.
  8. ^ Franscino, Dr. Robert (August 11, 2007). "Ask the Experts About Safe Sex and HIV Prevention". Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  9. ^ a b Baker, Paul (2004). Fantabulosa: The Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang (reprint ed.). Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-8264-7343-1.
  10. ^ Gentry, Cynthia W. (2005). The Bedside Orgasm Book: 365 Days of Sexual Ecstasy. Fair Winds. p. 293. ISBN 1-59233-101-7.
  11. ^ Savage, Dan (April 23, 2009). "Savage Love". The Stranger. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  12. ^ Marx, Eve (2004). What's Your Sexual IQ?. Citadel Press. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-8065-2610-2.
  13. ^ One example is performing the act on a person who is asleep with a wide open mouth.
  14. ^ Mark Winegardner (November 14, 2012). "Last Time They Met". ESPN The Magazine.
  15. ^ DeKoven, Robert (9 March 2006). "Is forcible 'tea-bagging' just hazing?". Gay and Lesbian Times. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  16. ^ a b Linde, Aaron (25 January 2008). "Halo Inspires Schoolyard Bullies to Teabag Victims". (from Asbury Park Press). Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  17. ^ "Legal Reader: Definition of Teabagging". Retrieved 2007-05-20.
  18. ^ Najib, Aminy (September 22, 2008). "The Art and History of Tea Bagging". The Stony Brook Press. Archived from the original on July 13, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010.