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Cockblock is a slang term for an action, intentional or not, that serves to prevent someone from having sex.[1] Such behavior is often motivated by jealousy or competitiveness, although it is sometimes accidental or inadvertent. A cockblock or cockblocker is a person who engages in such obstruction or intervention.[2][3]

The phrase gained prominence after its use in the comedy Superbad, in a scene where two police officers are unintentionally impeding one of the main characters' attempts to have sex.[citation needed]

Social research has documented norms among male peer groups that view "cockblock" behavior as negative, which may make men less likely to challenge each other's behavior or impede sexual access to women, sometimes even in cases of possible sexual assault or intimate partner violence.[4][5] The term appears to date at least to 1972, when Edith Folb documented its use by urban black teenagers.[6]

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  1. ^ Folb, Edith. Runnin’ down some lines, Society, Volume 18, Number 1 (1980), 63–71 ("There are a number of expressions in the vernacular that characterize one person's attempt to interrupt, impede, or totally sabotage another's action – to cock block ...")
  2. ^ Sallee, Margaret W. & Frank Harris III. Gender performance in qualitative studies of masculinities, Qualitative Research 11.4 (2011): 409–429, at 419–20 (including research subject interview defining term)
  3. ^ Wilser, Jeff. The Maxims of Manhood: 100 Rules Every Real Man Must Live By, pp. 171–72 (2009)
  4. ^ Casey, Erin A. & Kristin Ohler. "Being a Positive Bystander: Male Antiviolence Allies' Experiences of Stepping Up", Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(1): 62–83, at 75 (2011)
  5. ^ "'Being in a Room with Like-Minded Men': An Exploratory Study of Men's Participation in a Bystander Intervention Program to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence". The Journal of Men's Studies, 19(1):3–18 (2011)
  6. ^ Dawgspeak: The Slanguage Dictionary of The University of Georgia Archived 2010-06-10 at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved May 29, 2012 (citing 1972 E. A. FOLB Compar. Study Urban Black Argot Mar. 135 "Cock block, to interfere with a male's attempt to ‘win over’ a female.")