Pelvic thrust

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The pelvic thrust is the thrusting motion of the pelvic region, which is used for a variety of activities, such as dance or sexual activity.

Sexual activity and innuendo[edit]

The pelvic thrust is used during sexual intercourse by many species of mammals,[1][2][3] including humans,[4] or for other sexual activities (such as non-penetrative sex). In 2014 a British survey found that 'misdirected' thrusting was the number one cause of (sexual) accidents between adults in the bedroom.[5] In 2007 German scientists noted that female monkeys could increase the vigour and amount of pelvic thrusts made by the male, by shouting during intercourse.[6]


One of the first to perform this move on stage was Elvis Presley, which was at the time quite controversial. Due to this, he was sometimes shown (as seen on his third appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show) from the waist up on TV.[7]


Pelvic thrusting is observed in infant monkeys, apes, and humans. These observations led ethologist John Bowlby (1969) to suggest that infantile sexual behavior may be the rule in mammals, not the exception. Thrusting has been observed in humans at eight to 10 months of age and may be an expression of affection. Typically, the infant clings to the parent, then nuzzles, thrusts, and rotates the pelvis for several seconds.[8]


  1. ^ R. D. Estes (1991). The Behavior Guide to African Mammals: Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, Primates. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-08085-0. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Bruce Bagemihl (15 January 1999). Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-312-19239-6. 
  3. ^ A. F. Dixson (26 January 2012). Primate Sexuality: Comparative Studies of the Prosimians, Monkeys, Apes, and Humans. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-954464-6. 
  4. ^ Nilamadhab Kar, Gopal Chandra Kar (2005). Comprehensive Textbook of Sexual Medicine. Jaypee Brothers Publishers. pp. 107–112. ISBN 8180614050. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "'Misdirected thrusting' topped list of ten biggest mistakes". The Daily Mail. 
  6. ^ "Study Reveals Why Monkeys Shout During Sex". Charles Q. Choi. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to EIN". Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  8. ^ Rathus, Spencer: Human sexuality in a world of diversity (2007) p. 314