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Sexual activity and innuendo
The pelvic thrust is used during sexual intercourse by many species of mammals, including humans, 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. 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.
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.
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.
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