Pearl necklace (sexuality)

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An example of a "pearl necklace"
Illustration of mammary intercourse, a safe sex technique that leads to a "pearl necklace"[1]

A pearl necklace is a slang term referring to a sexual act in which a man ejaculates semen on or near the neck, chest, or breast of another person. If ejaculation is onto the other person's face it can be called a facial. Such ejaculation can be done by mammary intercourse, or masturbation over the other person, or result from the withdrawal of the penis from a partner's mouth as he is ejaculating following fellatio, irrumatio, or intercourse.[1]

The term pearl necklace is used by some because the drops of semen deposited by the man resemble a necklace of translucent white pearls.[2][3]

Making a pearl necklace is one of the activities that sex workers use as safe sex alternatives for people who refuse to wear condoms.[1][4]

In popular culture[edit]

The term was introduced to viewers of the HBO sex comedy Sex and the City in episode 69, first broadcast in 2004.[5][6][7][8] In the episode one of the characters misunderstands a promise she overhears made to another character, Samantha Jones, who then explained the term. Boogie-Blues band ZZ Top was criticized for the lyrics of its song "Pearl Necklace" as one of its songs whose lyrics were claimed to objectify women.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c Davis, 1996, pages 125-127
  2. ^ Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man: Dan Anderson. Regan Books, 1997. p 106-7.
  3. ^ The Vice Guide to Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll: Suroosh Alvi, Gavin McInnes, Shane Smith. Warner Books, 2003. p 35
  4. ^ Wendy Chapkis (1997). Live sex acts: women performing erotic labor (illustrated ed.). Taylor & Francis. p. 170 (and footnote 57 on page 232). ISBN 0-415-91288-1. 
  5. ^ "LATEST LOWLIGHTS FROM SEX AND THE CITY". Parents Television Council. Retrieved 2012-01-30. Actually we're talking about the other kind of pearl necklace. You know, the kind where the guy decorates your neck?  mirror
  6. ^ "Luck be an old lady". Sex and the City scripts. Retrieved 2012-01-30.  mirror
  7. ^ Sabrina Weill (2006). Perigee, ed. The Real Truth about Teens and Sex. p. 113. ISBN 0-399-53280-3. I didn't know what a pearl necklace was until I watched Sex and the City 
  8. ^ Ben Shapiro (2005). Regnery Publishing, ed. Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future. ISBN 0-89526-016-6. Samantha to Charlotte: actually, we're talking about the other kind of pearl necklace. You know, the one where the guy decorates your neck? 
  9. ^ Michael Saunders (1991-04-05). "Blues-driven Boogie Of Zz Top To Fill Miami Arena For 2 Shows". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-01-31. ZZ Top is not without its booing section. They have been knocked for the woman-as-bimbo image by decorating videos with long-legged beauties. And critics have charged that sexually oriented tunes such as Tush, Pearl Necklace, and Velcro Fly also portray women as sex objects.  mirror

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