Circle jerk (sexual practice)

A circle jerk is a sexual practice in which a group of men or boys form a circle and masturbate themselves or each other. In the metaphorical sense, the term is used to refer to self-congratulatory behavior or discussion amongst a group of people, usually in reference to a "boring or time-wasting meeting or other event".[1]


Circle jerks are typically an experience of adolescents and college students. Often, they feature a competitive element, with the "winner" being the participant able to ejaculate first, last, or farthest depending on the pre-established rules.[1][2] They can serve as an introduction to sexual relations with other males, or as a sexual outlet at an age or situation when regular sexual activity with another person is not possible.[1] Circle jerking may or may not involve physical contact with others in the groups. Masturbating other participants, or stimulating other participants' penises or scrotums often occurs. Non-penetrative sexual rubbing against another participant's body may also occur, such as frot (The rubbing of two (or more) penises against each other. This may jokingly be called 'sword-fighting', which usually involves the competitive element of trying to make the other participant ejaculate first).


While circle jerks feature a homoerotic element, some analysts interpret adolescent boys' group activities such as circle jerks as an effort to establish heterosexual, masculine dominance within the group.[1][2][3] Author Bernard Lefkowitz states that what actually motivates participation is to have friends witness and acknowledge one's sexual prowess, helping to counter teenage feelings of inadequacy related to sexual activity.[3]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 Peter Francis Murphy (12 February 2001). Studs, tools, and the family jewels: metaphors men live by. University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 66–67. ISBN 978-0-299-17130-8. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  2. 1 2 Jay Mechling (1 May 2004). On My Honor: Boy Scouts and the Making of American Youth. University of Chicago Press. p. 292. ISBN 978-0-226-51705-6. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  3. 1 2 Bernard Lefkowitz (11 July 1997). Our guys: the Glen Ridge rape and the secret life of the perfect suburb. University of California Press. pp. 243–244. ISBN 978-0-520-20596-3. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
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