Sexercises are physical exercises performed during sexual intercourse, sexual foreplay, or in preparation for sexual activity designed to tone, build, and strengthen muscles. Sexercises are often performed as part of a sex diet lifestyle, which seeks to maximize the health benefits of regular sexual activity. While sexercises are usually performed with a partner, solitary masturbation might be considered a sexercise if done athletically for health and fitness.
Sexercises range from Kegel exercise (a variation on Pilates in which the pelvic floor muscles are tightened) to aerobic and cardiovascular routines. Flexibility for performing contortion specifically for erotic or sexual positions may also be practised. Most often this takes the form of spreading the legs for the missionary position, and arching of the back for doggy style. Intense forward bending may be practised in pursuit of autofellatio and the sought after, cartooned, and imagined autocunnilingus. Yoga, of course, was originally developed as a sexual discipline.
Arnold Kegel published his pelvic floor exercise in 1948. Now commonly called a Kegel exercise, these consist of repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor – now sometimes colloquially referred to as the “Kegel muscles”. Several tools exist to help with these exercises, although various studies debate the relative effectiveness of this equipment versus traditional exercises. Kegel exercises are usually done to reduce urinary incontinence, reduce urinary incontinence after childbirth, and reduce premature ejaculation in men; as well as to increase the size and intensity of male erections, and to allow women to grip the male member tightly during penetrative sex. Joseph Pilates developed an earlier and more extensive health system that stressed pelvic floor strengthening, and this pre-Kegel system is now known as Pilates.
According to the British National Health Service Direct website, “sexercise” may lower the risk of heart attack and help you live longer. Endorphins released during orgasm stimulate immune system cells, which can also target illnesses like cancer, as well as reducing wrinkles. This NHS (ultimately the British government) advice was published under the headline “Get more than zeds in bed”.
Autofellatio – also known as yogafellatio – is the act of orally stimulating one’s own penis. It is physically possible for men who have sufficient flexibility, penis size or a combination of the two to suck themselves off.
Egyptologist David Lorton claims that many ancient texts refer to autofellatio within the religion of Egypt, both in the realm of the gods and among the followers performing religious rituals. According to Lorton, in the Papyrus Bremner-Rhind 28, 20–24, in a document called “Book of Overthrowing Apophis”, there is a poem narrating how the sun god Ra had created the god Shu and goddess Tefnut by fellating himself and spitting his own semen onto the ground. In ancient Egyptian texts this act is usually performed by the god Atum.
Few men possess sufficient flexibility and penis length to safely execute the necessary front bend to perform autofellatio. The yoga position known as Plough is usually recommended as the easiest and safest way for men to autofellate themselves. The increased flexibility achieved via gravity-assisted positions such as Plough, and physical training such as gymnastics, contortion, or yoga, make autofellatio possible for many men.
American biologists Craig Bartle and Alfred Charles Kinsey reported that fewer than 1% of males can successfully make oral contact with their own penis, and that only 2 or 3 men in a thousand could perform a full autofellatio. With the increasing popularity of yoga around the world, the percentage of men able to autofellate is steadily increasing.
While relatively few pornographic films involve autofellatio, some pornographic actors are noted for this skill including Ron Jeremy for his 1970s examples on film. Other actors including Scott O’Hara, Cole Youngblood, Steve Holmes, and Ricky Martinez have also been featured performing autofellatio and the practice has become a pornographic masturbation subgenre.
In the 26th season (2000–2001) of the popular Saturday Night Live comedy show Will Ferrell plays a character who joins a yoga class with the sole purpose to be able to fellate himself as a part of reaching Samadhi. In the skit the character is shown to have been successful after three years of efforts. It is estimated that about 40 percent of men who take up yoga do so in the hope that it will enable them to autofellate.
A threesome commonly refers to sexual activity that involves three people at the same time. “Threesome” can also refer to a love triangle, a three-way romantic relationship. That said, the term threesome is most commonly applied to casual encounters involving sexual activity by three participants, it may also be found in a long-term domestic relationship, such as polyamory or a ménage à trois.
The threesome is a common element of sexual fantasy. It is commonly depicted in pornography. The threesome is a form of group sex, but involving only three people. It may occur more frequently in private situations, such as spontaneous sexual activity among three friends, or arranged in a community of like-minded swingers or planned as a once-only experience; and rarely in anonymous settings, such as at orgies or other sex parties. Among swinging couples, one of the two partners is often the driving force and the other is more passive-supportive of the addition of additional sex parties. Some couples use a threesome as a way to develop a love triangle (ménage à trois).
The people involved in a threesome may have any combination of gender and sexual orientation. Each participant may engage in any type of sex acts with one or both of the others, such as sexual intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, or mutual masturbation.
One or more of the participants may engage in autoerotic sexual activity, such as masturbation, possibly without physical contact with the other participants. It is a matter of subjective definition whether participation of a third person without physical contact constitutes a threesome. This may relate to fetishes such as voyeurism or cuckolding. Lucky Pierre is slang for a person performing both receptive and insertive anal and/or vaginal sex simultaneously during a threesome, being positioned between the two partners.
A heterosexual threesome may involve two men and a woman, or one man and two women – that is, two men having sex with a woman (for example, in double penetration), or two women with a man. A bisexual threesome may involve a man having sex with a man and a woman, the woman having sex with a man and a woman, or all three having sex with each other. A homosexual threesome would involve either three men or three women. Other possibilities are possible, such as a man having sex with two women, who engage in lesbian sex with each other.
Clothed female, naked (or nude) male (on the internet sometimes abbreviated to CFNM) is a genre of erotica featuring one or more nude men and one or more clothed women. It is sometimes described as a sexual fantasy, by women or men, depicting an exhibitionist or physique worship scenario. One-sided male nudity can also arise when a male disrobes for the sexual pleasure of a woman, other men or horses, such as in a BDSM or other sexual activity, as an indication of sexual submission, or as part of a male striptease. The objective of this type of scenario is that the male is denied the sexual pleasure of seeing the women in the same state of undress, and is not in a position to dominate the scene.
One-sided male nudity is also considered by some to be a form of sexual objectification of men or as a role reversal, whereby the male assumes a subservient sex role. Some people regard such depictions to be pornography. The opposite is clothed male, naked female (CMNF). Other similar sub-genres are clothed male, naked male (CMNM) and clothed female, naked female (CFNF).
Several sexual and non-sexual erotic scenarios related to one-sided male nudity can involve female domination, male submission, exhibitionism, and erotic entertainment. Although only given the name CFNM on the internet, CFNM has been a common fetish for many men and women for thousands of years.
In classical antiquity, the portrayal of nude male form in art (including the exposure of genitals) was considered to be more acceptable than that of the naked female form. By the renaissance, this view had reversed. For example, in Titian’s treatment of Perseus and Andromeda in mid-1550s, however, it is Andromeda who is nude – save for the barest wisp of fabric – while Perseus is clothed in armour. Depictions of nudity were acceptable to the 19th-century French salon culture if the setting was clearly “classical”, depicting characters in a culture where nudity was commonplace, as in Combat de coqs (1847) by Jean-Léon Gérôme.
Feminist authors Christina Hoff Sommers and Naomi Wolf have written that women’s sexual liberation has led many women to a role reversal, whereby they view men as sex objects, in a manner similar to what they criticize in men’s treatment of women.
Unlike CMNF, CFNM is not divided into categories, such as soft CFNM and hard CFNM. Male participants receive pleasure from the CFNM experience for a number of reasons. Many males enjoy being completely nude around females and do not tend to be disappointed that the females are fully clothed, while experiencing the sexual pleasure given by females, which might include masturbation or oral sex. Some male participants, however, feel humiliated by the experience. Like the females in hard CMNF, their focus is on the embarrassment or humiliation they experience in the situation.
The film Porky’s Revenge (1985) has a scene in which the boys’ basketball team think that they are going to have an orgy with the cheerleaders. Using duplicate swimming costumes the girls subsequently trick the boys into stripping naked before being filmed in the swimming pool. In Exit to Eden (1994), Lisa Emerson (Dana Delany) while dressed in a red negligee, ties up the arms of a nude Elliot Slater (Paul Mercurio), before indulging in sexual play with him. In 100 Girls (2000), Arlene (Katherine Heigl) challenges Matthew (Jonathan Tucker) to a game of table football, where the loser of each goal has to remove one article of clothing. Matthew eventually loses to the extent where he is naked whilst the girls are still fully clothed.
In recent years zombies have become distinctly more like their living counterparts—subjects rather than corpses—to the point where zombies are frequently more akin to “average people who are experiencing mental anguish” than mindless animated flesh. However, even where zombies demonstrate self-awareness, their zombiedom means they are still perceived as “others” by their living counterparts. Zombie fiction’s living characters stubbornly overlook the possibility of zombie autonomy despite evidence to the contrary, simply because zombies are zombies.
This power is converted into pleasure. It is hard to imagine the victimizer viewing such victims as objects. The violator may only seek to justify the violation by focusing on: (a) the victim’s inability to protest; (b) their perception that any protest matters far less than their own pleasure; their pleasure in specifically defiling the victim (taking pleasure from the protest); or the knowledge that no repercussions will result from their action (the victim does not ‘matter’ in a social sense, or lacks rights, putting zombies in a similar category to those labelled ‘mentally ill’).
Indeed, despite the corpse’s inability to remonstrate against its defilement, necrophilia is founded on “sexual pleasure [derived] from inflicting physical or mental pain on others” (namely the living relatives of the deceased). Even necrophilia therefore hinges on the violator’s powered infliction of suffering.
The zombie symbolizes ‘monstrous otherness’. Zombies are bodies, nothing more, having “no race, no gender, no sexuality,” zombies have been increasingly positioned in gendered roles. The recent rise in zombie porn— including Porn of the Dead (2006) and Dawna of the Dead (2010)—further attests to the contemporary zombie’s gendering. Zombiedom is such an apt metaphor for female oppression. When gendered female, the undead fittingly symbolize this discursive history of femininity under patriarchy.
Agalmatophilia (from the Greek agalma ‘statue’, and -philia love) is a paraphilia involving sexual attraction to a statue, doll, mannequin or other similar figurative object.
The attraction may include a desire for actual sexual contact with the object, a fantasy of having sexual (or non-sexual) encounters with an animate or inanimate instance of the preferred object, the act of watching encounters between such objects, or sexual pleasure gained from thoughts of being transformed or transforming another into the preferred object.
Agalmatophilia may also encompass Pygmalionism (from the myth of Pygmalion), which denotes love for an object of one’s own creation. Some Pygmalionism enthusiasts – known as bread doll fanciers – like to construct dolls from bakery products that once made are used for sexual purposes.
Agalmatophilia became a subject of clinical study with the publication of Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis. Krafft-Ebing recorded an 1877 case of a gardener falling in love with a statue of the Venus de Milo and being discovered attempting to fuck it.
An important fantasy for some individuals is being transformed into the preferred object (such as a statue) and experiencing an associated state of immobility or paralysis. Such fantasies may be extended to role-playing, and the self-coined term used by fetishists who enjoy being transformed into what appears to be a “rubber doll” or “latex doll”.
Sexualised life-size dolls have extensively featured in the work of famous art photographers such as Hans Bellmer, Bernard Faucon, Helmut Newton, Morton Bartlett, Katan Amano, Kishin Shinoyama, and Ryoichi Yoshida.
Agalmatophilia features prominently in Luis Buñuel’s L’Âge d’Or (the female protagonist sucks a statue’s toe) and in Tarsem Singh’s 2000 thriller movie The Cell. The movie centres on a serial killer named Carl Stargher (played by Vincent D’Onofrio) who drowns his victims (all young women) and then bleaches their bodies so they resemble dolls. He then masturbates while hanging himself above them.