Pelvic thrust

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A girl twerking, a type of pelvic thrust

The pelvic thrust is the thrusting motion of the pelvic region, which is used for a variety of activities, such as dance or sexual activity.

Sexual activity and innuendo[edit]

The pelvic thrust is used during sexual intercourse by many species of mammals,[1][2][3] including humans,[4] or for other sexual activities (such as non-penetrative sex).

Pelvic thrusts for sexual activity are primary themes in some fictional works. For example, fictional character Flashheart often uses pelvic thrusts purely for sexual innuendo (as in Blackadder II and in Blackadder Goes Forth). Also in Blackadder II, two of Prince Ludwig's guards do pelvic thrusts when they insult prisoners. This gives Lord Blackadder an idea and he tells Melchett to "hit them when they are most vulnerable," resulting in the two of them punching the guards in the groin.

Dance and wrestling[edit]

Sideway pelvic thrust called thumka, a popular move in Bollywood

Pelvic thrusts can be used as a dance move, often as part of bump and grind. It is explicitly referred to in the song "Time Warp" from the 1970s The Rocky Horror Picture Show and related stage presentation.

One of the first to perform this move on stage was Elvis Presley, which was at the time quite controversial. Due to this, he would normally be shown (as seen on his third appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show) from the waist up on TV.[5]

WWE's former wrestler, Viscera used an attack called Viscagra that consisted on a few pelvic thrusts on his opponent's head, who was landed on the floor upside down. Japanese former wrestler/comedian Hard Gay makes liberal use of pelvic thrusts in his routine.


Pelvic thrusting is observed in infant monkeys, apes, and humans. These observation led ethologist John Bowlby (1969) to suggest that infantile sexual behavior may be the rule in mammals, not the exception. Thrusting has been observed in humans at eight to 10 months of age and may be an expression of affection. Typically, the infant clings to the parent, then nuzzles, thrusts, and rotates the pelvis for several seconds.[6]


  1. ^ R. D. Estes (1991). The Behavior Guide to African Mammals: Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, Primates. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-08085-0. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Bruce Bagemihl (15 January 1999). Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-312-19239-6. 
  3. ^ A. F. Dixson (26 January 2012). Primate Sexuality: Comparative Studies of the Prosimians, Monkeys, Apes, and Humans. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-954464-6. 
  4. ^ Nilamadhab Kar, Gopal Chandra Kar (2005). Comprehensive Textbook of Sexual Medicine. Jaypee Brothers Publishers. pp. 107–112. ISBN 8180614050. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to EIN". Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  6. ^ Rathus, Spencer: Human sexuality in a world of diversity (2007) p. 314