Mammary intercourse

Mammary intercourse is a sex act, performed as either foreplay or as non-penetrative sex, that involves the stimulation of a man's penis by a woman's breasts and vice versa.[1] It involves placing the penis between a woman's breasts and moving the penis up and down to simulate sexual penetration and to create sexual pleasure. It may be used as an alternative to a handjob.


Mammary intercourse involves a man kneeling or sitting on a woman's stomach or chest and placing his erect penis between her breasts, and rubbing or thrusting it there, while the breasts are squeezed around the penile shaft, by either the woman or the man, creating tightness similar to masturbation,[1] and in simulation of penetrative sex. To create a smooth motion, a lubricant, masturbation cream, or saliva may be spread between the breasts or on the penis. In one variant, the woman can tighten her breasts around the penis and move them up and down to bring the man to orgasm. Alternative positions are for the man standing while the woman kneels, or the man laying back with the woman on top.

In some cases, the mammary intercourse can be combined with oral sex by the woman who, through fellatio, can bring the man to orgasm. Mammary intercourse may be carried out face to face, or head to tail.

Mammary intercourse is mostly suited for women with naturally larger breasts, while it is recommended that woman with smaller breasts be on top.[2] Smaller female breasts, however, tend to be more sensitive than larger ones.[3] It has been said that breast implants are not flexible enough to sustain mammary intercourse.

The woman does not receive direct sexual stimulation during mammary intercourse, other than the erotic stimulation of bringing her sexual partner to orgasm, without sexual penetration. However, Alex Comfort has said that mammary intercourse can produce orgasm in women with sensitive breasts (what Margot Anand terms local orgasms of the breast), and it was one of the nine substitute exercises for penetrative sexual activities, as detailed in the Paradis Charnels of 1903.[4][5]

Since mammary intercourse is a non-penetrative sex act, the risk of passing a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that requires direct contact between the mucous membranes and pre-ejaculate or semen is greatly reduced. HIV is among the infections that require such direct contact and is therefore very unlikely to be transmitted via mammary intercourse.[6] A study of the condom usage habits of New Zealand's sex workers said that they offered various safe sex alternatives to vaginal sex to clients who refused to wear a condom. One sex worker said that mammary intercourse was one alternative used; mammary intercourse performed by a woman with large breasts felt to the client like penetrative vaginal sex.[7]

Depictions of the practice, at least in advertising, have been described as pornographic or erotic.[8] Mammary intercourse has sometimes been considered a perversion.[9] Freud, however, considered such extensions of sexual interest to fall within the range of the normal, unless marked out by exclusivity (i.e. the repudiation of all other forms of sexual contact).[10]

Slang terms

When performed as a non-penetrative sex act, the act is continued until the man ejaculates. At that time, the sperm typically covers the intermammary sulcus or part of the breast, and may be called a tie or cravate, because it resembles a business tie. It may also reach the woman's face. When it covers the woman's neck, it may be called a "pearl necklace".

Slang terms for mammary intercourse include titty-fucking, titfuck, titjob or boob job in the United States, as well as tit wank or French fuck in the United Kingdom - the latter term dating back to the 1930s; while a more jocular equivalent is a trip down mammary lane.[11][12]

See also


  1. Alex Comfort, The Joy of Sex (1972) p. 67-9
  2. Alex Comfort, The Joy of Sex (1972) p. 69
  3. Levin, Roy J. "The breast/nipple/areola complex and human sexuality". Sexual & Relationship Therapy. Vol.21, Issue 2 (May 2006). p.237–249
  4. Alex Comfort, The Joy of Sex (1972) pp. 69, 175 and 176
  5. Margo Ananad, The Art of Sexual Ecstasy (1990) p. 309
  6. Kelly, Jeffrey A. (October 1995). "Advances in HIV/AIDS education and prevention". Family Relations. 44 (4): 345–352. doi:10.2307/584989. ISSN 0197-6664. JSTOR 584989.
  7. Woods, 1996, in Davis, pages 125-127
  8. Citation O'Barr, W. M. (2011). "Sex and Advertising". Advertising & Society Review. 12 (2): 2. doi:10.1353/asr.2011.0019.
  9. Clifford Allen, A Textbook of Psychosexual Disorders (1969) p. 200
  10. Sigmund Freud, On Sexuality (PFL 7) p. 65 and p. 75
  11. Godson, page 96.
  12. M. S. Morton, The Lover's Tongue (2003) p. 187

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