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Sexual activity and innuendo
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
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.
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.
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