Pillow talk

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For other uses, see Pillow talk (disambiguation).

Pillow talk is the relaxed, intimate conversation that often occurs between two sexual partners after the act of coitus, usually accompanied by cuddling, caresses, and other physical intimacy. It is associated with honesty, sexual afterglow, and bonding,[1] and is distinguished from dirty talk which usually forms part of foreplay.

Pillow talk, more broadly may also refer to conversations between parties that may be of a more casual and flirting nature, and are not necessarily engaged in a physical relationship.[2]


The content of pillow talk typically includes the sexual act itself, stories and confessions, expressions of affection and appreciation,[3] and playful humor.[4]


Pillow talk is conventionally seen as an opportunity for spies to obtain secret information. In espionage, a "honeypot is a trap that uses sex to lure an enemy agent into disclosing classified information"[5] Christine Keeler is said to have used this approach in the Cold War-era Profumo Affair.[6] The Profumo affair was a British political scandal that originated with a brief sexual liaison in 1961 between John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War in Harold Macmillan's government, and Christine Keeler, a 19-year-old would-be model. When the Profumo–Keeler affair was first revealed, public interest was heightened by reports that Keeler may have been simultaneously involved with Captain Yevgeny Ivanov, a Soviet naval attaché, thereby creating a possible security risk.

Cultural examples[edit]

  • A couple's pillow talk session is often used as a plot device in works of fiction and drama, such as movies and television. It offers a convenient setting for a couple to discuss relevant plot events or reveal new information to each other.
  • Elephant Bill records how he only discovered the fate of his dog Jabo two years later in pillow talk, "when a young Burmese girl told me the true story, as all girls will on certain special occasions".[7]


  1. ^ E. Raynor, The Happiest Woman (2011) p. 37
  2. ^ Pillow talk 3
  3. ^ F. A. Ramos, Enigma (2007) p. 70
  4. ^ R. L. Weagley, Wallace (2011) p. 353
  5. ^ 11 Terms used by spies. Available online at: http://people.howstuffworks.com/11-terms-used-by-spies1.htm. Accessed on March 14, 2014
  6. ^ R. Taylor, Encyclopedia of Cold War Espionage (2004) p. 136
  7. ^ J. H. Williams, Elephant Bill (1964) p. 106

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