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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 a "boring or time-wasting meeting or other event".
Circle jerks are typically an experience of adolescents in early puberty and often feature a competitive element, with the "winner" being the participant able to ejaculate first. They can serve as an introduction to sexual relations with other males, and are a sexual outlet at an age when regular sexual intercourse with a girl is not possible. Where the heterosexual frame is adhered to, each male masturbates only himself, and touching another participant's genitals is forbidden.
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. What actually motivates participation is to have friends witness and acknowledge one's sexual prowess, helping to counter teenage feelings of inadequacy related to sex.
- ^ a b c d e Peter Francis Murphy (12 February 2001). Studs, tools, and the family jewels: metaphors men live by. University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 66–67. ISBN 9780299171308. http://books.google.com/books?id=bMwDCHI3QbMC&pg=PA66. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- ^ a b c Jay Mechling (1 May 2004). On My Honor: Boy Scouts and the Making of American Youth. University of Chicago Press. p. 292. ISBN 9780226517056. http://books.google.com/books?id=u8aSN5GSxZIC&pg=PA292. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- ^ a b 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 9780520205963. http://books.google.com/books?id=-QjG5QpOKcoC&pg=PA243. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
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