Body worship

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Body worship is any practice of physically revering a part of another person's body, and is usually done as a submissive act in the context of BDSM.[1] Typical kinds of body worship include worship of muscles, the penis, the vagina, or the buttocks.

Usually accompanied by prostration, re-enforcing a sense of inferiority, a "sub" generally licks, kisses and sucks their dominant's body part, and is not allowed to touch it in a more conventional way. This brings an aspect of erotic humiliation to the submissive partner.

Worshipping a body can also be done because the worshipper is in awe of the body part and wishes to praise that beauty. Although encouragement may be provided, verbally or by spanking, body worship is typically received more or less passively, the worshipped party aloof. Facesitting and smothering are forms of body worship which differ chiefly because of their aggressive approach.

Same sex, male-on-male body worship can arise in a non-heterosexual, non-BDSM context as a form of either a gay or a men who have sex with men erotic encounter or sexual play scene, for example in a gay bathhouse. This does not involve humiliation or domination per se, though the worshipped recipient is passive rather than dominating.

A man who has a high body mass index could be an admirer of and be fascinated by the bodies of males who are lean and toned or buff (thus a low body mass index ‘hard body’) in contrast to the admirer’s own flabby, obese physique. The admired male could be of a younger age and exhibit the characteristics of a gay fetish body type known as a twink (gay slang) wherein his skin is largely free of hair or ‘smooth’, including being free of any pubic, anal and armpit hair which is characteristic of young boys who have not yet reached the stage of puberty when they exhibit and manifest such hair growth and as secondary sex characteristics.

Typically the admiring man will gently manually caress, pet, rub, massage and lick the toned, smooth skinned body, especially parts like the abdomen and buttocks; commonly the nipples and penis of the person whose body is being so worshipped will be fondled, manually stimulated and aroused and then licked and orally massaged (fellated) by the admiring participant; as well, the anus might be licked and/or fingered as part of the ritual touching. Such ministrations can also take place as part of cuddling and spooning positions while both participants are lying down together.

Body worship is a common theme in the work of Japanese fetish artist Namio Harukawa.[2]


Penis worship generally describes a sexual obsession of a submissive with their dominant partner's penis; or any type of sexual game in which a submissive is motivated by a real or pretended attraction to their partner's penis.

Penis worship may also describe a BDSM practice in which a submissive kisses and licks the dominant partner's penis. Some consider such worship as a particularly degrading form of domination and will usually involve the submissive partner kneeling or in another lowly position, treating the worshipped person as the dominant. In particular, facesitting or smothering may be applied to emphasise the control of the dominant over the submissive. A queening stool may also facilitate this activity.

Similarly, vagina worship describes a sexual fascination with the female and female sex organs, along with all the practices related to the deification of the female and her respective and 'representative' sexual organ.

In BDSM, vagina worship may also describe a practice in which a submissive kisses and licks the vagina and/or anus of the dominant partner. Facesitting or smothering may be practiced, and a queening stool may be used.

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  1. ^ Paul Baker (2002). Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang. Continuum.
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