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butt plug

[buht pluhg]

What does butt plug mean?

A butt plug is a sex toy that is inserted into the butt for pleasure—and occasionally a little sexy-time flair. Hey, whatever floats your butt, er, boat.

Butt plug can also be used as a putdown.

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Where does butt plug come from?


The original butt plug plugged very different kinds of butts because they were mainly stoppers on the poles used in pole-vaulting.

The bedroom butt plug comes around by the late 1970s–80s, popularized by the rise of the adult-film industry in the mid-20th century and the gay and BDSM communities—though people have been inserting objects in their butts for pleasure and curiosity for a while.

Then there’s this little guy called the rectal dilator, pioneered by George Starr White and Frank E. Young in the late 1800s to help treat all sorts of medical conditions. (A butt plug a day kept the doctor away.) Though meant for non-sexual purposes, their rectal dilators influenced the modern form of the butt plug, with a flaring tip and ring at the end, so, you know, it won’t get stuck up there.


The birth of the sex shop in the 1960s, innovations in butt plug technology (e.g., silicone! wood! rubber! glass!), changing views about anal sex play, and, of course, porn porn porn helped spread the butt plug as a term and a toy.

Examples of butt plug

Lying in bed watching the football. Oh & I’ve got a butt plug in. & my new 10” black vibrator is in bed with me as well. Sorry if I don’t reply to yr DMs. 😏🍆💦💦#teenslutadventures #teenslut #naughtylittlegirl
@hotteenmea, June, 2018
The runner-up on Season 5 of Drag Race has a cameo role in Ass Controller 9, starring porn actors Casey Jacks and Dante Coll...The porn title revolves around the plot of Alaska’s co-anchor having a butt-plug controlled by a producer via an app.
Josh Salisbury, Pink News, June, 2018
Lube not only makes sex and play safer because it reduces the risk of injury, tearing and soreness, but it makes it feel wayyy better too. Just make sure that if you're using a silicone butt plug, the lube you accompany it with is water-based. Silicone lube reacts badly with silicone toys, so always avoid using them together.
Paisley Gilmour, Cosmopolitan, April, 2018

Who uses butt plug?

Sex shops and other erotic retailers sell butt plugs in all shapes and sizes. Whatever tickles your fancy.

Butt plugs also come in decorative stylings for erotic role-play, such as with animal tails or colored streamers. We don’t think this is exactly what it is like to have a tail, though.

Teledildonics, or the practice of using wireless connection to activate vibrating sex toys, has led to some butt plugs having wireless reception and USB slots.

As a toy intended specifically for anal intercourse, butt plugs are popular with gay men; however, they are also enjoyed by individuals and couples of other orientations, generally those who enjoy slightly kinkier intercourse.

As with some other sex terms like dildo, butt plug can be used to insult someone as “stupid” or a “loser.”

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