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The koteka or penis sheath is traditionally worn by male natives of some ethnic groups in New Guinea to cover their genitals.

A cache-sexe is an item, often a small garment, that covers its user's genitals.[1] The most common style, seen in Western G-strings and Japanese Fundoshis, has a triangle of material (cloth, beaded strings, etc.) attached at the corners to straps or strings around the waist and between the legs, that fasten the triangle over the genitals.

Cache-sexes have various social intentions, including the wearer's practice of sincere or enforced modesty, legal and/or customary restrictions within the context of intentional eroticism, and adding fetishistic or playfully teasing aspects to intentional eroticism. In Western cultures, for example, G-strings appear as swimming attire; for many erotic dancing venues, as the final state of undress, set as the polite and/or legal limit; or as a garment whose removal is one of many steps of a striptease, each existing to provide an increment in the viewer's sexual arousal.

Cache-sexe is a loanword from French.[1]


Some male cross-dressers and pre- and non-op transgender women use a panty-like garment, often called a gaff, that serves to hide their genitalia and provide a feminine flat and smooth crotch area.[2]

The penis gourds of tribal New Guinea, and cache-sexes of some other tribal cultures, are often perceived by Westerners as self-evidently obvious forms of sexual display, but described by their wearers as a practice providing privacy.

The Brazilian Portuguese tapa-sexo is often used in samba school parades,[3] where performers may parade their decorated but unclothed bodies,[4] exposing the buttocks and groin. The regulations in these parades generally prohibit people being completely naked.[3] Thus, the tapa-sexo, a strip of tape[4] or cloth that strategically covers a dancer's genitalia, prevents the school being penalised in such cases.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Cache-sexe," Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.7), via
  2. ^ "Penis - methods of concealment and obtaining a 'flat-look' for pre-op male-to-female transgender people," Samantha Johnson, Transgender Zone.
  3. ^ a b c "Tapa Sexo: patch games". 11/04/2010. Archived from the original on February 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-07.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Nude Carnival Queen, Viviane Castro, Bodypaints Obama On Her Leg (NSFW PHOTO, VIDEO)". Huffington Post., Inc. 2009-02-22. Archived from the original on 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2010-07-07.