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A gang bang is a sexual activity in which one person is the central focus of the sexual activity of several people, usually more than three, sequentially or simultaneously.[1] The term generally refers to a woman being the focus; one man with multiple women can be referred to as a "reverse gang bang".[2] The term has become associated with the porn industry and usually describes a staged event whereby a woman has sex with several men in direct succession.[2] Bukkake is a type of gang bang originating in Japan that focuses on the central person being ejaculated upon by male participants.[3]


The largest gang bangs are sponsored by pornographic film companies, and recorded, but a gang bang is not unusual in the swinger community. It is more often considered to have multiple men and one woman, while a so-called "reverse gang bang" (one man and many women),[4] which can be seen in pornography. Female-on-female[citation needed] and male-on-male gang bangs also happen.[5]

Gang bangs are not defined by the precise number of participants, but usually involve more than three people and may involve a dozen or more. When the gang bang is organized specifically to culminate with the (near) simultaneous or rapid serial ejaculations of all male participants on the central man or woman, then it may be referred to by the Japanese term bukkake.[1]

By contrast, three people engaged in sex is normally referred to as a threesome, and four people are normally referred to as a foursome. Gang bangs also differ from group sex, such as threesomes and foursomes, in that most (if not all) sexual acts during a gang bang are centered on or performed with just the central person. Although the participants of a gang bang may know each other, the spontaneity and anonymity of participants is often part of the attraction. Additionally, the other participants normally do not engage in sex acts with each other, but may stand nearby and masturbate while waiting for an opportunity to engage in sexual activity.[citation needed]


Though there have been numerous gang bang pornographic films since the 1980s, they usually involved no more than half a dozen to a dozen men. However, starting with The World's Biggest Gangbang (1995) starring Annabel Chong, the pornographic industry began producing a series of films ostensibly setting gangbang records for most consecutive sex acts by one person in a short period.[6]

These kinds of films were financially successful, winning AVN Awards for the best-selling pornographic films of their year; however, the events were effectively unofficiated and the record-breaking claims often misleading.[7] Jasmin St. Claire described her "record", purportedly set with 300 men in World's Biggest Gang Bang 2, as "among the biggest cons ever pulled off in the porn business", with merely about 30 men "strategically placed and filmed," only ten of whom were actually able to perform sexually on camera.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b Dalzell, Tom; Victor, Terry (2005). The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. pp. 327, 995. ISBN 0415212588.
  2. ^ a b Katherine Frank (2013). Plays Well in Groups: A Journey Through the World of Group Sex. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-4422-1868-0. Archived from the original on 1 August 2020. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  3. ^ Eric Partridge; Tom Dalzell; Terry Victor (2006). The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: A-I. Taylor & Francis. p. 288. ISBN 0-415-25937-1. Archived from the original on 17 May 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  4. ^ Daniel Stern (2013). Swingland: Between the Sheets of the Secretive, Sometimes Messy, but Always Adventurous Swinging Lifestyle. p. 296. ISBN 978-1476732534.
  5. ^ Donald F. Reuter (2006). Gay-2-Zee: A Dictionary of Sex, Subtext, and the Sublime. p. 86. ISBN 0312354274.
  6. ^ "The gang's all here (Hope flickers at the World's Biggest Gangbang)" Archived 11 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Kevin Bisch, Salon Magazine, 31 August 1999, Retrieved 22 June 2007
  7. ^ "The ABCs of Porn", Tristan Taormino, The Village Voice, 19–25 January 2000, Retrieved 22 June 2007 Archived 8 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "What The Hell Was I Thinking?!!" - Confessions of the World's Most Controversial Sex Symbol, Jasmin St. Claire & Jake Brown, BearManor Media, 2010, P. 131–32

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