The ABC of Group Sex

Group sex can mean a lot of different things, and there are many important considerations to have in mind before engaging in it. We have put together a glossary of terms for you to understand the in’s and outs of group sex. Enjoy!

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B

Bukkake

An act where a person receives the ejaculation of more than one person — often on the face, but also breasts or other body parts. While in porn the receiver is usually a ciswoman, any gender could assume that role. The term “Bukkake” comes from the Japanese bukkakeru which means “heavy splash”.

C

Circle Jerk

A circle of people, usually cis men, jerking off each other. Each person in the Circle Jerk masturbates another person while receiving a handjob from the person beside them. This kind of practice is commonly found in the gay scene, but people from any gender can practice it.

D

Daisy Chain

A circle or chain of people performing oral sex on each other while simultaneously receiving. All genders can be a part of the chain/circle, and they may be facing up or down.

Double Penetration

Two people simultaneously penetrating the same person; either in the same orifice or both in the vagina and anus.

F

Foursome

Same idea as a threesome, but with four people. They differentiate themselves from swinging (see below) in that every person in a foursome interacts with each other.

G

Gang bang

A group sex scenario where one person in the center receives penetration and sexual stimulation from a group of people. The person in the center will often give sexual pleasure to the people in the group, such as oral sex. The people in the group usually do not interact with each other. The stereotypical gang bang we see in porn usually has a ciswoman in the center, but gang bangs can include people from any gender both as the receiver or giver.

Important Note: The term Gang bang itself is problematic as it suggests that the group of givers are organized criminals fucking someone. Media portrayals of gang bangs usually hint at the gang bang not being consensual, and often glorifies this term. Any sexual activity needs to be consensual.

Group Sex

Self-explanatory; a group of people having sex. The number of people can vary, but is always more than two. The setting can also be at home, at a club, at a party, etc.

O

Orgy

A group of people (more than in a threesome or foursome) indulging in sexual pleasure together. The setting can be at a party or in a private context.

P

Parallel Play

Couples or groups of people having sex in the same room or space, but not sexually interacting with other group members. 

S

Safe Sex

The practice of using barriers such as condoms, dental dams, and gloves when engaging in any kind of sexual activity. Safer sex can also include emotional check-ins with your sexual partner before, during, and after sex. We talk about “safer” and not “safe” sex because sex always implies a risk, and condoms and other barriers are never 100% effective. There are also emotional risks to having sex.

Sex Party

It is a party where people go to, specifically to have sex with other people. You can usually go with one or more partners, and you are not expected to actually perform explicit sex while there. Most of the time voyeurs are also welcomed. Sex parties can be a place to explore how you feel about the sex others perform.

Swinging

When a couple plays with another couple. They usually switch partners, but often do not all interact with each other. Swinging clubs and parties are often geared towards heterosexuals. While swinging is very popular amongst heterosexual couples, it does not mean that LGBTQI+ folks do not participate in swinging practices. Read about this couple’s first time visit to a swingers club to get a better idea.

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Threesomes

Threesomes are when three people of any gender get together to have a sexual adventure or exploration. If it is your first time ever, do your homework so you can be prepared! You might have come across the following acronyms to describe different threesome dynamics in porn

FFM: Female Female Male. In this dynamic the women interact with each other and the man. (Bisexual dynamic).

FMF: Female Male Female. In this dynamic the women* do not interact with each other, rather only with the man*. (Straight dynamic).

MMF: Male Male Female. In this dynamic the men* interact with each other and the woman*. (Bisexual dynamic).

MFM: Male Female Male. In this dynamic the men* do not interact with each other, rather only with the woman* (Straight dynamic).

Important Note: Not everyone describes their gender according to their biological sex, and we want to acknowledge that these acronyms are outdated, much like using Boy/Girl to describe scenes in the porn industry.

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