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A man performing autofellatio

Autofellatio is the act of oral stimulation of one's own penis as a form of masturbation. Only a limited number of males are physically capable of performing autofellatio.[1]


Egyptologist David Lorton says that many ancient texts refer to autofellatio within the religion of Egypt, both in the realm of the gods and among the followers performing religious rituals.[2][3] According to Lorton, in the Papyrus Bremner-Rhind 28, 20–24, in a document called "Book of Overthrowing Apophis", there is a poem narrating how the sun god Ra had created the god Shu and goddess Tefnut by fellating himself and spitting out his own semen onto the ground.[2] In ancient Egyptian texts, this act is usually performed by the god Atum, and most texts depict only the spitting of the semen or only the masturbation, but not both.[2]

Michel Foucault cites Artemidorus' Oneirocritica as identifying the act of "taking [one's] sex organ into one's [own] mouth" as one of three ways to commit "relations with oneself." Artemidorus thought that dreams of this "unnatural" act portended the death of one's children, loss of one's mistresses, or extreme poverty.[4]

Physical aspects

Few people possess sufficient flexibility and penis length to safely perform the necessary frontbend.[1] However, increased flexibility achieved via gravity-assisted positions, and physical training such as gymnastics, contortion, or yoga may make it possible for some. American biologists Craig Bartle and Alfred Charles Kinsey reported that fewer than 1% of males can successfully orally contact their own penis and that only 2 or 3 men in a thousand could perform a full autofellatio.[5] Previously, autofellatio was considered by behavioristic science a problem rather than as a variety in sexual practice.[6]

References in culture

An autofellatiating grotesque below a statue of Konrad von Hochstaden

Autofellatio is a niche in pornography.[7][8][9] While relatively few pornographic films involve autofellatio, some pornographic actors are noted for this skill, including Ron Jeremy for his 1970s examples on film.[10][11] Other actors, including Scott O'Hara, Cole Youngblood, Steve Holmes, and Ricky Martinez, have also been featured performing autofellatio. In Brian W. Aldiss' 1970 semi-autobiographical novel The Hand-Reared Boy, he describes group masturbation practices at a British boys' boarding school. One boy with an especially large penis is capable of fellating himself, a fact which the narrator, Horatio Stubbs, verifies.[12]

Comedian Bill Hicks elaborated an oft-quoted riff on the subject of fellatio, "A woman one night yelled out, 'Yeah, you ever try it?' I said 'Yeah. Almost broke my back.'"[13] Kevin Smith later developed a similar theme ("He broke his neck trying to suck his own dick") in his 1994 debut film Clerks.[14] Writer/director Larry David, in his 1998 film Sour Grapes, used autofellatio as a recurring plot device with several mentions and muted shots of a lead actor fellating himself (back trouble allowing) throughout the movie. In a 26th season (2000–2001) Saturday Night Live sketch, Will Ferrell plays a character who joins a yoga class with the sole purpose of developing the ability to fellate himself as a part of reaching Samadhi.[15] In the 2001 film Scary Movie 2, Professor Dwight Hartman (David Cross) performs autofellatio after rebuffing Theo's (Kathleen Robertson) offer to perform oral sex on him.

The opening sequence of the 2006 film Shortbus shows James (Paul Dawson) fellating himself on videotape; like all of Shortbus's sexual content, the scene was unsimulated.[16][17]

In 1993, American feminist artist Kiki Smith created a beeswax life-size sculpture titled "Mother/Child" which included a depiction of a man performing autofellatio.[18][19][20]

The term may be insulting to a man's masculinity, implying that someone performs autofellatio due either to extremely high self-regard or inability to get someone else to do it for him. This was the sense in which the term was used by President Donald Trump's former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, when he said of strategist Steve Bannon, "I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own cock."[21]

See also


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  2. ^ a b c Lorton, David (1995). "Autofellatio and Ontology". Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2006.
  3. ^ "Autofellatio". Archived from the original on 21 October 2006. Retrieved 15 October 2006. Academic David Lorton says that many ancient texts refer to autofellatio within the religious mythology of Egypt. He also notes that autofellatio was performed during rituals as a result of the sun god Ra's...
  4. ^ Foucault, Michel (1984). The History of Sexuality: The Care of the Self, vol.3, p. 24. Translation by Robert Hurley. Pantheon Books, New York.
  5. ^ William Guy, Michael H. P. Finn (1954). "A Review of Autofellatio: A Psychological Study of Two New Cases". Psychoanalytic Review (41): 354–358.
  6. ^ Cavenar JO Jr, Spaulding JG, Butts NT. "Autofellatio: a power and dependency conflict.", Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease. November 1977; p. 356-360.
  7. ^ Ben R. Rogers, Joel Perry, "Going down: the instinct guide to oral sex"; Alyson Publications, 2002; ISBN 1-55583-752-2, ISBN 978-1-55583-752-5.
  8. ^ Linda Williams, "Porn Studies", Duke University Press, 2004; ISBN 0-8223-3312-0, ISBN 978-0-8223-3312-8.
  9. ^ Russell Kick, "Book of lists: subversive facts and hidden information in rapid-fire format"; The Disinformation Company, 2004; ISBN 0-9729529-4-2, ISBN 978-0-9729529-4-1
  10. ^ Nardwuar (27 December 1996). "Nardwuar vs Ron Jeremy". Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Inc. Archived from the original on 20 November 2006. Retrieved 25 December 2006.
  11. ^ Kapelovitz, Dan (January 2001). "Because They Can: The Risks and Rewards of Auto-Fellatio". Hustler Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 September 2009.
  12. ^ Brian W. Aldiss, The Hand-Reared Boy; Weidenfeld & Aldiss, London.
  13. ^ It's Just a Ride Transcribed by Elspeth Fahey
  14. ^ Kevin Smith. Clerks (Script). Archived from the original (txt) on 7 February 2005. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
  15. ^ Yoga Journal; Sep-Oct 2000, pp. 26, ISSN 0191-0965, Published by Active Interest Media, Inc.
  16. ^ Onstad, Katrina (12 September 2006). "Naughty but Nice". Archived from the original on 7 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
  17. ^ Shortbus (ThinkFilm, 2006) Archived 27 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Robert M. Tilendis, film review. Green Review. accessed 28 November 2009.
  18. ^ Vasquez, Diego (3 May 2011). "Words and thoughts from New York". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  19. ^ Saltz, Jerry (26 March 2010). "Jerry Saltz on the Jeff Koons-Curated 'Skin Fruit' Exhibit at the New Museum - New York Magazine Art Review". Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  20. ^ Smith, Roberta (4 March 2010). "Art Review - 'Skin Fruit' - A Mainstream Show at the Anti-Mainstream New Museum". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 21 October 2022. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  21. ^ "Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon". The New Yorker. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.

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