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A handjob is the manual stimulation of a male's penis or scrotum by another person, usually with the intention of producing an orgasm and ejaculation as a form of sexual pleasure. The manual stimulation of a female's vagina, clitoris or rest of the vulva is fingering, while the manual stimulation of the genitals performed by two people at the same time is mutual masturbation.

In places where prostitution is illegal, massage parlors, which may be known to offer sexual services, may offer handjobs to clients while staying within the law against prostitution.

Prevalence in massage parlors[edit]

In massage parlor parlance, the giving of a handjob by a masseuse, whether as part of the massage itself or directly after it, is called a "happy ending".

According to a 1975 study by A. J. Velarde, in an unnamed American West Coast city, provision of a "hand job", where the woman gave the client a handjob, was one of the services masseuses were employed to give. Subsequent newspaper publicity for this practice caused local councils to impose licensing requirements on masseuses similar to the ones imposed on prostitutes. This licensing led to increased expectations in massage parlor clients, who expected that more than a handjob would be available, that is, sexual intercourse. Because the masseuses themselves considered that they had nothing to lose by acting as prostitutes, and because the local council treated them as prostitutes anyway, masseuses often complied, and thus attracted more prostitution to the city.[1][2]

An investigation by Time Out New York in January 2011 found many New York City massage parlors advertising "sensual massage" and providing handjobs. The parlors charged from $60 to $160, with an extra tip for the sex workers (usually $40) for a massage and manual "happy ending". Most of the massage parlors reviewed were "rub and tug joints" where handjobs were the only sexual services provided, and there was a strict policy of the male clients not touching the female workers.[3]

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  1. ^ Zajdow, Grazyna (2000-02-01). "Sex work and regulation; holding on to an image: a sociological reflection" (PDF). p. 178. 
  2. ^ Velarde, A. J. (1975). "Becoming prostituted: the decline of the massage parlour profession and the masseuse". British Journal of Criminology 15 (3): 251–263. 
  3. ^ "Best happy-ending parlors". Time Out New York. January 25, 2011.