Frottage: Consensual Sexual Rubbing, Sexual Touching & Dry Humping


Frottage: Erotic touching, caressing & dry humping


Frottage is also known, more commonly, as dry humping. It is defined as the act of achieving sexual pleasure through sexual touching and rubbing, with one or more partner, with non-penetrative sexual intercourse. The partners participating in frottage may be either naked or clothed. There is no exchange of bodily fluids, and no penetration, vaginal, anal or oral, during frottage. Frottage can be either used in place of intercourse, or as foreplay, leading up to actual penetration.


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Fun Facts

Lap dances are often referred to as clothed frottage, in which dry humping, wining and grinding on the partner gets the same desired effect.



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Frottage is commonly referred to as DRY HUMPING

What Areas Are Best To Touch

The act of frottage can include a combination of almost any part of the body, whether or not it is directly considered a sexual body part. This may include the body parts normally associated with penetrative sex, such as the sexual organs or genitals, the buttocks, and the breasts, as well as other parts of the body such as the abdomen, feet, hands, legs, and thighs. Frottage can also include rubbing ones genitals against those of one’s partner, as well as other forms of non-penetrative sexual acts such as mutual masturbation and sexual touching.


Dry Humping: Why Are Couples Into Frottage??

There may be a number of reasons why a couple may indulge in frottage. One of the most common usages of frottage is as a part of foreplay, leading on to full fledged intercourse. It may also be a way of achieving sexual gratification without indulging in the more advanced or forbidden forms of sexual behavior, like oral, anal or vaginal sex. In most cases, younger people tend to use frottage as a substitute for sexual intercourse, especially in the initial stages of a relationship. This is a stage of intimacy where more explicit contact is not yet required, but the buildup to the more explicit acts has begun.


Benefits of Frottage

Frottage can also be a substitute to intercourse for people wishing to maintain their virginity or chastity. Frottage also has the advantage that it can be accomplished without undressing, which can either preserve a certain sense of modesty, or heighten sexual pleasure, since bras, pantyhose, etc can actually add to sexual arousal and can be more stimulating than acres of naked flesh. Many modern dance forms, including many Spanish and Caribbean styles as well as “the grind” are derived from the practice of frottage.


Frottage: Sexual Touching as Foreplay

Frottage can be, and very often is, used as foreplay leading to sexual intercourse. On the other hand, frottage can be an end in itself, resulting in orgasm. Frottage is also considered to be a safer alternative to sexual intercourse, because of the lack of exchange of body fluids, and is extensively practiced by people wishing to avoid either STDs or pregnancy, or both. The practice of frottage is equally common across a cross section of ages and sexual preferences, being practiced by younger as well as older couples, and heterosexual as well as homosexual couples, almost equally.


Dry Humping: Is Frottage Safe Sex

Although it may or may not involve actual manual stimulation of the partner’s genitals, frottage is often classified as a type of mutual masturbation. The act can also be practiced as, or combined with what is known as intercrural or interfemoral intercourse, the act of sexual touching, rubbing and stimulating the penis between the thighs of a partner is also know as "dry humping". Certain specific sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted through frottage, like syphilis, herpes, crabs, warts or scabies. However, infections like Chlamydia, gonorrhea, or HIV are unlikely to be transmitted this way.


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