Pearl necklace (sexuality)

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"Pearl necklace" is a slang term referring to a sexual act in which a man ejaculates semen on or near the neck, chest, or breast of another person.[1] Such ejaculation can follow mammary intercourse, fellatio, intercourse, or masturbation over the other person.[2] The term originates from the way the deposited semen resembles a necklace of translucent white pearls.[3][4]

Making a pearl necklace is an activity that sex workers use as safe sex alternative for people who prefer not to wear condoms.[2][5]

In popular culture[edit]

The term was used by George Carlin in his "Incomplete List of Impolite Words" joke as early as 1984 on the album Carlin on Campus.

The term was introduced to viewers of the HBO sex comedy Sex and the City in episode 69, first broadcast in 2004.[6][7][8] In the episode one of the characters misunderstands a promise she overhears made to another character, Samantha Jones, who then explained the term. Boogie-Blues band ZZ Top was criticized for the lyrics of its song "Pearl Necklace" as one of its songs whose lyrics were claimed to objectify women.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Partridge, Eric; Dalzell, Tom; Victor, Terry (2006). The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. Taylor & Francis. p. 1455. ISBN 0-415-25938-X. 
  2. ^ a b Davis, Peter (1996). Intimate Details & Vital Statistics: AIDS, Sexuality and the Social Order in New Zealand. Auckland University Press. pp. 125–127. ISBN 1-86940-139-5. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Dan (1997). Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. Regan Books. pp. 106–107. 
  4. ^ Alvi, Suroosh; McInnes, Gavin; Smith, Shane (2003). The Vice Guide to Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll. Warner Books. p. 35. 
  5. ^ Chapkis, Wendy (1997). Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor. Taylor & Francis. p. 170; p. 232 note 57. ISBN 0-415-91288-1. 
  6. ^ "Sex and the City Advertiser & Cable Choice Campaign: Latest Lowlights from Sex and the City". Parents Television Council. Archived from the original on September 14, 2006. Retrieved January 30, 2012. Actually we're talking about the other kind of pearl necklace. You know, the kind where the guy decorates your neck? 
  7. ^ Weill, Sabrina (2006). The Real Truth about Teens and Sex. Perigee. p. 113. ISBN 0-399-53280-3. I didn't know what a pearl necklace was until I watched Sex and the City. 
  8. ^ Shapiro, Ben (2005). Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future. Regnery Publishing. p. 120. ISBN 0-89526-016-6. Samantha to Charlotte: actually, we're talking about the other kind of pearl necklace. You know, the one where the guy decorates your neck? 
  9. ^ Saunders, Michael (April 5, 1991). "Blues-driven Boogie of ZZ Top to Fill Miami Arena for 2 Shows". Sun-Sentinel. New York Daily News. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2012. ZZ Top is not without its booing section. They have been knocked for the woman-as-bimbo image by decorating videos with long-legged beauties. And critics have charged that sexually oriented tunes such as Tush, Pearl Necklace, and Velcro Fly also portray women as sex objects.