Snowballing (sexual practice)

Snowballing or snowdropping[1] is the human sexual practice in which one person takes someone else's semen into his or her mouth and then passes it to the mouth of the other, usually through kissing.[2][3][4][5]

History and prevalence

The term was originally used only by gay and bisexual men.[1] Researchers who surveyed over 1,200 gay or bisexual men at New York LGBT community events in 2004 found that around 20% said they had engaged in snowballing at least once.[6] In heterosexual couples, a woman who has performed fellatio may afterwards return the semen to her partner's mouth, mixed with saliva; the couple or other partners may then exchange the fluid several times, causing its volume to increase (hence "snowballing").[4][5] Some heterosexual men are uncomfortable with the practice.[4][5]

Cum swapping

A somewhat similar practice in heterosexual pornography is cum swapping, in which a woman passes semen from her mouth into that of another woman.[7]

See also

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  3. 1 2 Marx, Eve (2004). "Answers to It's all how you say it: sexual slang". What's Your Sexual IQ?. New York: Citadel Press. p. 90. ISBN 0-8065-2610-6. Retrieved December 7, 2008.
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  5. 1 2 3 Savage, Dan (October 7, 1999). "Urine Love". Savage Love. Retrieved December 7, 2008.
  6. Grov, Christian; Jeffrey T. Parsons; David S. Bimbi (August 2010). "Sexual Compulsivity and Sexual Risk in Gay and Bisexual Men". Archives of Sexual Behavior. Springer Netherlands. 39 (4): 940–9. doi:10.1007/s10508-009-9483-9. ISSN 1573-2800. PMC 2890042Freely accessible. PMID 19308715.
  7. Gail Dines (6 August 2010). Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality. Beacon Press. p. xxvi. ISBN 978-0-8070-4453-7. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
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