Tea bag (sexual act)

Tea bag (sexual act)
A woman teabagging

To tea bag is a slang term for the act of a man placing his scrotum in the mouth of a sexual partner or onto the face or head of another person. The practice resembles dipping a tea bag into a cup of tea when it is done in a repeated in-and-out motion. As a form of non-penetrative sex, it can be done for its own enjoyment or as foreplay.

Oral sex

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] It is an activity used within the context of BDSM and male dominance, with a dominant man tea bagging his submissive partner as a variation of facesitting or to inflict erotic humiliation. Although it may be unappealing to some, it does not need to be physically harmful or uncomfortable for the individual performing the oral stimulation.[2]

Its gain in prominence has been attributed to its depiction in the film Pecker, which was released in 1998.[3] It has since become popular enough with couples to be discussed during an episode of Sex and the City.[4] 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.[5][6] It has also been recommended as a form of foreplay or safer sex.[7][8]

According to columnist Dan Savage, the person whose scrotum is being stimulated is known as "the teabagger" and "the teabaggee" is the one giving the stimulation: "A teabagger dips sack; a teabaggee receives dipped sack."[9] Sex and relationship experts have varying definitions on how the act is performed. Some consider the act to be as simple as fellatio involving the scrotum.[6] 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.[10]


Tea bagging is not always carried out consensually such as when it is done as a practical joke.[3] It has been used during hazing or bullying incidents with reports including groups holding down victims while the perpetrator "shoved his testicles in [the victim's] face"[11] or puts his "crotch to his head."[12][13]

Mimicking the act has become popular in multiplayer first person shooter video games. This is executed by the player who just killed an enemy running over to his corpse (if any) and repeatedly crouching in his opponent's face. This is done to humorously imply domination or humiliation.[12] Although considered by some to be bad sportsmanship, its use is widespread throughout amateur and possibly even professional gaming.[14]

In 2009, the right-leaning Tea Party movement formed in the United States, referencing the Boston Tea Party for its name. For the adherents of the Tea Party movement, the appellation "teabagger" emerged, prompting puns by politically-opposed commentators and protesters based on its sexual connotation.[15][16]


  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 9781585426966. http://books.google.com/books?id=htH8JeSH9XwC&pg=PA142&dq=tea%20bagging&cd=7#v=onepage&q=tea%20bagging&f=false. 
  2. ^ Wietsma, Ashley (22 March 2007). "Make sure your bed is always comfortable". John Hopkins News-Letter. http://media.www.jhunewsletter.com/media/storage/paper932/news/2007/03/22/Features/Make-Sure.Your.Bed.Is.Always.Comfortable-2789021.shtml. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Baker, Paul (2004). Fantabulosa: The Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang (reprint ed.). Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 201. ISBN 9780826473431. http://books.google.com/books?id=T72TJfZoywAC&pg=PP1&dq=tea-bag&cd=28#v=onepage&q=tea&f=false. 
  4. ^ Gentry, Cynthia W. (2005). The Bedside Orgasm Book: 365 Days of Sexual Ecstasy. Fair Winds. p. 293. ISBN 1-59233-101-7. http://books.google.com/books?id=q8qtd61hoB8C&pg=PA293&dq=The+Bedside+Orgasm+Book:+365+Days+of+Sexual+Ecstasy+teabagging#v=onepage&q=&f=false. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Dan (2002). Sex Tips for Gay Guys (reprint, illustrated ed.). Macmillan. p. 94. ISBN 9780312288730. http://books.google.com/books?id=_LIEYGxBZdgC&pg=PA94&dq=teabagging&cd=4#v=onepage&q=teabagging&f=false. 
  6. ^ 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 9780767902878. 
  7. ^ "5 Fun Foreplay Positions". AskMen.com. http://www.askmen.com/dating/love_tip_250/275_love_tip.html. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Fulbright, Yvonne K. (2003). The Hot Guide to Safer Sex. Hunter House. p. 217. ISBN 9780897934077. http://books.google.com/books?id=5WI9eS2Vh_wC&pg=PA217&dq=teabagging&cd=20#v=onepage&q=&f=false. 
  9. ^ Savage, Dan (April 23, 2009). "Savage Love". The Stranger. http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/SavageLove?oid=1473684. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  10. ^ Marx, Eve (2004). What's Your Sexual IQ?. Citadel Press. p. 91. ISBN 9780806526102. http://books.google.com/books?id=UYTThJX7Vq8C&pg=PA85&dq=teabag&cd=5#v=twopage&q=teabagging&f=false. 
  11. ^ DeKoven, Robert (9 March 2006). "Is forcible ‘tea-bagging’ just hazing?". Gay and Lesbian Times. http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=6927&issue=950. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  12. ^ a b Linde, Aaron (25 January 2008). "Halo Inspires Schoolyard Bullies to Teabag Victims". Shacknews.com (from Asbury Park Press). http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/50966. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  13. ^ "Legal Reader: Definition of Teabagging". http://www.legalreader.com/archives/003197.html. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  14. ^ Najib, Aminy (September 22, 2008). "The Art and History of Tea Bagging". The Stony Brook Press. http://www.sbpress.com/2008/09/the-art-and-history-of-tea-bagging/. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ Linkins, Jason (15 April 2009). "'Tea-Bagging' Rallies Ruthlessly Mocked on Maddow Show". The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/09/rachel-maddow-ana-marie-c_n_185445.html. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Cable Anchors, Guests Use Tea Parties as Platform for Frat House Humor". Fox News. April 16, 2009. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/16/cable-anchors-guests-use-tea-parties-platform-frat-house-humor/. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 

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