Pegging describes a sexual practice by which a man is anally penetrated by a woman wearing a strap-on dildo.
The act of pegging can be enjoyable for both partners: men may find stimulation of the anus, rectum, and adjacent organs, particularly the prostate, enjoyable provided that enough sexual lubricant is used, and women may get direct stimulation from the dildo, from its base, from vaginal or anal "plugs", or in the case of a form of double-ended dildo, from vaginal penetration on the other end. Additionally, a woman could use a secondary vibrator, between the dildo and her clitoris, to get pleasure from pegging. Some men and women may also find pleasure in the psychological aspects of submitting and dominating, respectively, though as BDSM practitioners might point out, the act of being penetrated is not necessarily experienced as a submissive act, nor is the act of penetrating always experienced as a dominant act.
Given the stigma associated with anal sex (and its association with male homosexuality), some people, many of them heterosexual, derive enjoyment from the taboo or gender-transgressive aspects of pegging. Some females may enjoy the feeling of having a "simulated penis," while some men enjoy the experience of receptive penetration.
Pegging has recently been featured in a number of pornographic movies; the first pegging scene (long before the term was developed) appears to have been in the non-pornographic 1970 film "Myra Breckinridge", although it was not explicit. The first such explicit scene is believed to have occurred in the 1976 film The Opening of Misty Beethoven. A few instructional movies and books have emerged in recent years, including Bend Over Boyfriend, produced by sex educator Carol Queen.
Examples in popular media
Pegging has recently been featured in a number of pornographic movies; the first pegging scene (long before the term was developed) appears to have been in the non-pornographic 1970 film Myra Breckinridge, based on the novel of the same name by Gore Vidal, although it was not explicit. The first such explicit scene is believed to have occurred in the 1976 film The Opening of Misty Beethoven.
A few instructional movies and books have emerged in recent years, including Bend Over Boyfriend, produced by Fatale Media, Inc., and directed by Shar Rednour, SIR Video co-founder. In the 21st century, female-to-male strap-on pornography has suddenly become a flourishing industry in the U.S., with such a high market value that a number of studios focused primarily on this subject started producing dedicated series about it. The most notable ones are Strap It On (black women on white men), Babes Balling Boys, which currently has sixteen editions, Strap Attack, Strap-on Sirenz, Strap-on Chicks, Boss Bitches, which currently has over two dozen editions, various movies produced by LEDA Studios, and San Francisco-based Men In Pain. It is unclear what triggered the increasing popularity of this genre, but there are now several hundred exclusively pegging titles, as well as twice as many more bisexual and straight films with strap-on scenes.
Well-known female porn stars who have professed an enjoyment of strap-on pegging with male partners include Taylor Wane, Brittany Andrews, and Monique Covét. When questioned about her particular kink Monique Covét memorably replied, "If we women have to take it from behind, then why not a man?"
There is also a pegging scene in the movie Acid House based on the book of the same name by Irvine Welsh.
There is a depiction of pegging in the William S. Burroughs novel Naked Lunch. The dildo used in the scene is called a Steely Dan III, and is the source from which the musical group Steely Dan takes its name.
The practice has received burgeoning "mainstream attention" in the online world.
Recently, pegging was featured in the television show Weeds, during the episode "Crush Girl Love Panic," in a scene where Andy Botwin, expecting to have sex with Yael Hoffman in her apartment, is surprised when she refuses to have vaginal sex with him, and dons a large strap-on. Even more recently, one of the plot threads begun in the pilot episode of Dirt involved Lucy Spiller blackmailing basketball superstar and "family man" Prince Tyreese for story information on a missing (and murdered, as it is revealed) rap star after entrapping Tyreese with photos of him being pegged by a prostitute, Stormy (played by pornographic actress Stormy Daniels), whom Lucy had hired for precisely such purpose.
A similar scene was also featured in the UK comedy Peep Show. Jeremy and his girlfriend decide to act out each other's biggest fantasy. After having Jeremy's threesome, his girlfriend takes him to a bedroom. He doesn't know what she intends; she turns around and is wearing a large strap-on.
Channel 4's Manchester-based comedy/drama Shameless also regularly featured Sheila, Frank Gallagher's then girlfriend in strap-on episodes. The Sopranos on HBO featured an episode where Tony's sister used a strap-on on her boyfriend Ralphie Cifaretto.
More recently, BBC's programme Love Soup featured a scene where an 18-year-old topless model surprises her boss (with whom she's about to undertake sexual intercourse) by wearing a strap-on.
In Vertigo's series Preacher, the main villain, Herr Starr, is regularly pegged by prostitutes after a sexual assault leaves him unable to enjoy vaginal sex.