A woman pegging a man doggy style with a 4-strap harness and dildo
A woman pegging a man doggy style with a 4-strap harness and dildo

Pegging is a sexual practice in which someone (usually with a vagina) performs anal sex on someone else by penetrating their anus with a strap-on dildo.


The neologism "pegging" was popularized due to the sex education movie Bend Over Boyfriend released in 1998. After it became the winning entry in a contest for the "Savage Love" sex advice column, held by Dan Savage in 2001 upon observing that except for the phrase "Strap On Sex" used by Queen and her partner Robert in their national lecture series (Robert was the original Bend Over Boyfriend at the Good Vibrations lectures). The concept lacked a common name and there was no dictionary entry for the act.[1][2] Other words include "buggery" or "sodomy", but these refer to anal sex in general.[2] "Strap-on sex" can be used for vaginal or anal intercourse between people of any gender using a strap-on, and is thus less precise than pegging.[3] Some queer people prefer "strap-on sex" instead of "pegging" because they feel the latter is too hetero and cis centric.[3]

Beckett and Miller use "pegger" and "peggee" to refer to the person penetrating and the person being penetrated; "top" and "bottom" are also used.[3]


Pegging is penetrative sex with a strap-on dildo, usually anal penetration. It is usually defined as a heterosexual practice in which a woman penetrates the anus of a man.[3] This definition of pegging is very centered around cisgender and heterocentric identities. However, anyone can be penetrated anally regardless of their genitals or gender.[2]


The person penetrating their partner uses a strap-on dildo, often a silicon phallus, attached with a harness or strapless (a dildo that also penetrates the pegger).[3] Use of lubricant is recommended.[3]

Pleasurable aspects

Stimulation of the anus, rectum, and especially the prostate, is pleasurable. Prostate stimulation may even lead to an orgasm.[4] (see Prostate massage#As a sexual practice for more information).

Gender roles

According to Tristan Taormino, gender and gender roles play a important part in pegging.[2] Pegging reverses traditional cisgender heterosexual gender roles in sexual practices: the man is penetrated by the woman, becoming passive rather than active.[2]

Pegging is also about power: it reveals the power inherent in different roles and preconceived notions about who is and is not powerful. It takes the supposedly stable connection between gender and who gets to penetrate whom and exposes it as a lot more fluid than traditional heterosexuality would have us believe. (...) pegging dismantles the man-woman-penis-vagina foundation of heterosexual sex.

— Beckett & Miller (2022), foreword by Tristan Taormino

In popular culture

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According to Beckett and Miller (2022), most popular representations of pegging are derogatory, negative or even amounting to sexual assault.[5]

Prior to the coinage of "pegging":

Various popular culture references since the coinage of "pegging":

See also




  1. ^ These three links chronicle how the term pegging came into usage.
  2. ^ a b c d e Beckett & Miller (2022), foreword by Tristan Taormino
  3. ^ a b c d e f Beckett & Miller (2022), "what is pegging?"
  4. ^ Levin, R. J. (January 2018). "Prostate-induced orgasms: A concise review illustrated with a highly relevant case study: Prostate-Induced Orgasms". Clinical Anatomy. 31 (1): 81–85. doi:10.1002/ca.23006. PMID 29265651. S2CID 36790429.
  5. ^ a b c Beckett & Miller (2022), "media representation of pegging"
  6. ^ a b c d e Nault, Curran (Summer 2010). "Bend Over Boyfriend to Take it Like a Man: pegging pornography and the queer representation of straight sex". Jump Cut (52). Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Sade, Marquis (2010). La Philosophie dans le boudoir [Filozofija v budoarju ali Nemoralni učitelj] (in Slovenian). Ljubljana: Center za slovensko književnost. p. 110. ISBN 978-961-6789-14-1.
  8. ^ Philosophy in the Boudoir: Or, The Immoral Mentors. Penguin Classics. 2006. p. 74. ISBN 978-0143039013.
  9. ^ Sweet, Brian (2000). Steely Dan: Reelin' in the Years. Omnibus Press. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-7119-8279-6.
  10. ^ "Official Steely Dan FAQ". Archived from the original on January 27, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  11. ^ "Peep Show – Episode Guide – Episode One: Mugging (11 November 2005)". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 16 December 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  12. ^ Bridges, Ana J.; Sun, Chyng; Wosnitzer, Robert; Scharrer, Erica; Liberman, Rachael (September 2008). "A comparison of male and female directors in popular pornography: what happens when women are at the helm?". Psychology of Women Quarterly. 32 (3): 312–325. doi:10.1111/j.1471-6402.2008.00439.x. S2CID 143657655.
  13. ^ "Peg-Ass-Us". Pack of Others. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  14. ^ Jones, Chad (September 23, 2008). "Fringe felicitations: Best of winners, encores announced". Theaterdogs.net. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  15. ^ Hope, Clover (February 5, 2015). "Last Night's Broad City Was All About Pegging". Jezebel. Archived from the original on July 16, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  16. ^ Le Vine, Lauren (February 9, 2016). "We Need to Talk About the Pegging Scene in Deadpool". Refinery29. Archived from the original on July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  17. ^ Frey, Meaghan (2020-02-27). "The Bold Type Season 4 Episode 6 Review: To Peg or Not to Peg". TV Fanatic. Archived from the original on 2020-08-06. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  18. ^ "Vida Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: Strap-On, Snitches, and Secrets". 21 June 2019. Archived from the original on 22 June 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  19. ^ "Pixie Trix Comix - Ménage à 3 - Bringing him chocolates". Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-07.

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