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Use of spread eagle during sky diving
Jeffrey Buttle does an inside spread eagle at the 2004 Four Continents Championships in Hamilton

The spreadeagle (also spelled spread eagle or spread-eagle) is the position in which a person has their arms outstretched and legs apart, figuratively resembling an eagle with wings spread. It is a style that appears commonly in nature and geometry. In human style it is represented by the letter "X".

A spreadeagle is a common position in various fields. It is commonly used in dance routines, especially at the conclusion, in figure skating and at the beginning of sky diving.

Sex position

The spreadeagle is also used as a sex position in which one partner lies on their back facing up (supine) with arms and legs spread wide apart. It is a variant of the missionary position that allows for deep sexual penetration.[1] This position is also popular for oral sex[2] and erotic massage. Less commonly a spreadeagle position is used facing down (prone), in which case it is a variant of the doggy style position. Another variation is for the receiving partner's legs to be closed, and the penetrating partner's to be wide apart. This variation is said to be better for stimulating the G-spot and the prostate gland and is sometimes called the peace sign position.

Another variation is to have a standing, vertical spread eagle.

These positions are classic ingredients in sexual roleplay.


A woman spreadeagle on an X-cross.
A woman spreadeagle on an X-cross.

The spread eagle position is also employed as a bondage position in BDSM play, with the submissive fastened to a bed or a specially constructed table,[3] sometimes upside down.

An X-cross, a stationary bondage frame in the shape of an X which is often found in BDSM dungeons, is designed to position and restrain a submissive in a spreadeagle position.[4] A standing or hanging position can be achieved using an X-cross or spreader bars but can also be achieved with ropes or chains attached to different endpoints. As a humiliation technique it is popular for forcing the subject to display their genitals. It also provides unhindered access to the crotch, groin and sometimes anal region for sexual play and torture, such as cock and ball torture or pussy torture.

See also


  1. ^ Dellner, Alexia (3 September 2021). "Why the Spread Eagle Is the Latest Sex Position You Need to Try". Women's Health Magazine.
  2. ^ Hamilton, Jill (10 December 2021). "17 Rope Bondage Sex Positions That'll Have You Begging for More". Cosmopolitan.
  3. ^ Arndt, William B. (1991). Gender Disorders and the Paraphilias. International Universities Press. p. 326. ISBN 9780823621507.
  4. ^ Alani, Lux (2015). The Little Vanilla Book: S&M Wisdom to Improve Your Everyday Life. Simon and Schuster. p. 117. ISBN 9781582705712.