Red wings (sexual act)

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The expression to earn one's red wings means to perform cunnilingus on a menstruating partner.[1][2] The phrase is a reference to menstrual blood stains in the shape of a small bird's wings that are liable to form on the giving partner's cheeks during the act.[2][3]


The elder Mirabeau, in his ‘’Erotika Biblion’’ of 1783,[4] saw cunnilingus during menstruation as an extreme act, linked with the submissive worship of the Mother goddess,[5] and by extension to the Black Mass.[6]

Biker culture[edit]

The red wing patch was common among the Hells Angels by the mid-Sixties,[7] and the slang term continued to be known among biker gangs in the 1980s.[1] Gershon Legman saw the act/badge not only as functioning a homosocial tie, but also as reflecting a deep and primitive belief in the lifegiving powers of blood.[8]

Medical perspective[edit]

Cunnilingus during menstruation is high risk for the partner performing cunnilingus because there may be a high concentration of virus in menstrual blood,[9] such as hepatitis B.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b North Carolina Reports: Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of North Carolina, volume 304. Published by Edwards & Broughton, in 1981. P.454.
  2. ^ a b Hendley, Nate (23 December 2009). American Gangsters, Then and Now: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 94. ISBN 0313354529.
  3. ^ Fritscher, John; Fritscher, Jack (1973). Popular Witchcraft. Citadel Press. p. 131. ISBN 0806503807.
  4. ^ A Wyngaard, Bad Books (2013) p. 61
  5. ^ J Fritscher, Popular Wtchcraft (2004) p. 190
  6. ^ G Legman, Rationale of the Dirty Joke Vol II (Herts 1973) p. 192-3
  7. ^ Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angels (1966) Ch. 10
  8. ^ G Legman, Rationale of the Dirty Joke Vol II (Herts 1973) p. 195-200
  9. ^ Pinsky, Laura; Douglas, Paul Harding; Metroka, Craig (1992). The Essential HIV Treatment Fact Book. Simon and Schuster. p. 105. ISBN 0671725289.
  10. ^ Newman, Felice (1 January 1999). The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us. Cleis Press. p. 241. ISBN 1573440884.