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Johann Nepomuk Geiger, watercolour, 1840. Man getting a handjob

A handjob is a sex act, performed as either foreplay or as non-penetrative sex, that involves the manual stimulation of a man's penis or scrotum by another person to induce an erection for sexual pleasure, sexual arousal and sometimes resulting in orgasm and ejaculation.

A handjob can be sexually arousing for both participants and may be an erotic and physically intimate act of its own. A person may give their male partner a handjob so as not to engage in penetrative sexual activity. Besides avoiding the risks associated with sexual penetration, such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy from penile-vaginal sex, some people engage in non-penetrative sex to preserve virginity.[1]

Prevalence in massage parlors[edit]

In massage parlors, a masseuse, whether as part of the massage itself or directly after it, may perform a handjob on their customer; this is known by the euphemism "happy ending".[2][3]

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.[4]

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  1. ^ Bryan Strong; Christine DeVault; Theodore F. Cohen (2010). The Marriage and Family Experience: Intimate Relationship in a Changing Society. Cengage Learning. p. 186. ISBN 978-0-534-62425-5. Retrieved October 8, 2011. Most people agree that we maintain virginity as long as we refrain from sexual (vaginal) intercourse. But occasionally we hear people speak of 'technical virginity' [...] Data indicate that 'a very significant proportion of teens ha[ve] had experience with oral sex, even if they haven't had sexual intercourse, and may think of themselves as virgins' [...] Other research, especially research looking into virginity loss, reports that 35% of virgins, defined as people who have never engaged in vaginal intercourse, have nonetheless engaged in one or more other forms of heterosexual sexual activity (e.g., oral sex, anal sex, or mutual masturbation).
  2. ^ Feifer, Jason (October 6, 2015). "I Booked a Massage at a High-End Resort and Got a Surprise Happy Ending". Maxim. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "What It's Really Like To Get a Happy Ending Massage". Cosmopolitan. November 20, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Best happy-ending parlors". Time Out New York. January 25, 2011. Archived from the original on July 5, 2011.