Donkey punch

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Donkey punch is a slang term for the sexual practice of inflicting blunt force trauma to the back of the head or lower back of the receiving partner during anal or vaginal sex as an attempt by the penetrating partner to induce involuntary tightening of one of the anal sphincter muscles or vaginal passage of the receiving partner.[1][2] According to Dr. Jeffrey Bahr of Medical College of Wisconsin there is no reflex in humans that would cause such tensing in response to a blow on the head, although striking a partner on the back of the neck or head could cause severe, even lethal injury.[3]

Urban legend[edit]

Sex columnist Dan Savage has discussed the alleged practice on several occasions. In 2004, Savage referred to the donkey punch as "a sex act that exists only in the imaginations of adolescent boys,"[4] adding "no one has ever attempted "the Pirate," just as no one has ever performed a Hot Karl, delivered a Donkey Punch, or inserted an Icy Mike. They’re all fictions."[4] Responding to an enquiry from Wikipedia editors, he again discussed the donkey punch urban legend in his "Savage Love" column in 2006. He wrote, "attempting a Donkey Punch can lead to ... unpleasant outcomes," including "injury, death or incarceration"; he also pointed out that it "doesn't even work." He quoted Jeffrey Bahr, a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin,[3]

To the best of my knowledge, there is no definitive reflex in the human neurophysiology that induces involuntary tightening of the anal sphincter after receiving blunt force trauma to the occiput, or back of the head. ... Trauma to any part of the head can have serious ramifications. Pain, intracranial hemorrhage, memory loss, neck injury, and possibly some related sensory deficits in the arms and legs. A strong enough blow to the back of an unsuspecting person's head could result in a vertebral fracture which, I hope most people know, could cause paralysis or even death.

Jordan Tate, commenting in The Contemporary Dictionary of Sexual Euphemisms (2007) on the "almost purely theoretical nature" of the term, stated,[2]

The donkey punch originated in the late twentieth century sometime after the sexual revolution, when the empowerment of women was threatening the place of men in contemporary society. This shift in gender paradigms left men feeling threatened, and to reassert their authority, they created and popularized these theoretical and violent euphemisms. ... The secondary reward of the donkey punch is the creation, or reinforcement, of the ideal power structure, or solidifying existing gender roles.

Gay sex[edit]

The concise new Partridge dictionary of slang and unconventional English (2007) defines the term as follows:[5]

... during homosexual anal intercourse, a sharp blow given by the active partner to the passive partner's kidneys. The sudden pain from the blow causes a clenching of the buttocks and tightening of the rectal passage, thereby enhancing the pleasure of the penetrating participant. UK 2005

Pornography[edit]

Gia Paloma is credited as the first recipient of a donkey punch in a pornographic film

The adult film star credited as the first known recipient of a donkey punch is Gia Paloma, who had the act performed on her by Alex Sanders in the 2004 film Gutter Mouths 30.[6]

Donkey Punch, a pornographic film premised around the act, was released by JM Productions in 2005.[7] The film consists of four scenes in which the male actors engage in rough sex with their female co-stars, punching them repeatedly in the head and body throughout. In response to her experience on the set, performer Alex Divine allegedly stated "Donkey Punch was the most brutal, depressing, scary scene that I have ever done."[8]

The viciousness of the film prompted Peter van Aarle of Cyberspace Adult Video Reviews to forego covering any further releases from JM, while Zack Parsons of Something Awful (which awarded Donkey Punch a near-"perfect" score of -49) wrote that the film was "one of the most morally repugnant pornographic movies I have seen" and "is the sort of movie that the government would cite when trying to arrest pornographers and outlaw pornography."[9][10]

Enron scandal[edit]

"Donkey punch" was one of several slang terms used by Enron traders to refer to their price gouging methods.[11] During investigations into the 2004 Enron scandal over manipulation of the electricity market in California, recordings of Enron traders were uncovered dating from 2000 and 2001. In the recordings, fraudulent accounting schemes were referred to using slang terms, including "Donkey Punch."[11][12][13][14] The 2007 report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was unable to identify the meaning that Enron had attached to the term "Donkey Punch."[15] U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, in a 2004 press release about the Enron hearings, identified the Donkey Punch as "a crude pornographic term," one of many "lewd acts" that Enron employees used to describe their schemes. Cantwell asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take down the emails that were on its website due to the content.[16]

Jeopardy![edit]

The term received extensive coverage online after it was mistakenly given as an answer on the January 16, 2012 broadcast of the American game show Jeopardy!. The prompt was "A blow to the back of the neck is the punch named for this animal"; the correct answer was rabbit punch, a dangerous boxing move. A young male contestant named Mike Hatch was first to answer with the guess "What is a donkey?" The subsequent contestant gave the correct answer.[17] A clip of the scene became a viral video.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sexual Terminology--D". Hawai'i AIDS Education and Training Center. Retrieved 2006-10-05. 
  2. ^ a b Jordan Tate (9 January 2007). The Contemporary Dictionary of Sexual Euphemisms. Macmillan. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-312-36298-0. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Dan Savage (October 26, 2006). "Donkey See, Donkey Doo". The Stranger. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Dan Savage (December 23–29, 2004). "No Shit?". The Stranger. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Eric Partridge; Tom Dalzell; Terry Victor (1 November 2007). The concise new Partridge dictionary of slang and unconventional English. Routledge. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-415-21259-5. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gia Paloma". avn.com. Adult Video News. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Donkey Punch at the Internet Adult Film Database
  8. ^ Cachapero, Joanne (22 June 2006). "Hardcore Content: 1". xbiz.com. XBIZ. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Donkey Punch". cavr.com. Cyberspace Adult Video Reviews. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Parsons, Zach (22 June 2006). "Donkey Punch". somethingawful.com. Something Awful. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Carolyn Said (June 27, 2004). "When Enron pushed, utility pushed back". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ Zachary Coile (June 15, 2004). "New evidence of Enron schemes". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ Staff writer (June 19, 2004). "Senator: Federal Web site hosts pornographic Enron e-mails". Associated Press. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  14. ^ Jim Hightower (August 7, 2004). "Unveiling the Corporate Greed Market". AlterNet. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ Ernst F. Heuvelhof, Ernst ten Heuvelhof, Martin de Jong, Mirjam Kars (2009). Strategic behaviour in network industries: a multidisciplinary approach. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. 101. ISBN 1-84720-610-7. 
  16. ^ "Federal Energy Regulatory Commission web site hosts pornographic Enron emails: Cantwell says federal agency not doing its homework and should remove the offensive content" (Press release). Maria Cantwell. June 17, 2004. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  17. ^ Rachel Quigley (January 19, 2012). "'What is a donkey punch?' Jeopardy contestant's naughty answer sweeps the web". Daily Mail. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ James Hibberd (January 17, 2012). "Lurid 'Jeopardy' answer goes viral". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • Donkey punch citation at Double-Tongued Word Wrestler Dictionary