Teabagging is a slang term for the sexual act of a person placing their scrotum in the mouth of their sexual partner for sexual 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.
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. And while some men may enjoy the stimulation, not every man responds to it. 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. It has also been recommended as a form of foreplay or safer sex. It presents a low risk of transmission for many diseases, including HIV.
Its gain in prominence has been attributed to its depiction in the 1998 film Pecker, directed by John Waters. It has since become popular enough with couples to be discussed during an episode of the television series Sex and the City.
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." Some consider the act to be as simple as fellatio involving the scrotum. 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.
In video games
Teabagging in video games involves a player character rapidly and repeatedly crouching over the corpse of another player controlled character, as a form of humiliation or to provoke the other player. The practice likely originated from multiplayer communities in games such as Quake or Counter-Strike, and became more prominent in later first-person shooter games like Halo: Combat Evolved. The use of teabagging is now widespread in video game culture, although some consider it to be an act of bad sportsmanship or harassment.
Social ridicule and harassment
Tea bagging is not always carried out consensually, such as when it is done as a practical joke, which, in some jurisdictions, is legally considered sexual assault or sexual battery. 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" or puts his "crotch to his head".
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