CHB’s resident sexologist on GOP teabagging and the media
April 12, 2009
Let’s get the definition out of the way on the front page without any coy links or highlight to read type. Teabagging refers to the sexual act of taking someone’s testicles into your mouth. Some gay and straight men like this. All gay men know about it. The GOP’s tax protests have been making the news, and some commentators have noted how out of touch they are to have used the term teabagging to describe them.
Photo by author*
On MSNBC, Rachel Madow in particular made it clear it’s a joke and probably assumes most of her audience gets it.
Why is the liberal media reluctant to spell it out? Even Jason Linkins
on the Huffington Post didn’t desribe it, but put a link to the Urban Dictionary definition in his story instead.
doesn’t describe it either, but snarks:
With all the chuckling over the inadvertently appropriated term, it’s starting to feel like "teabagging" is being, well, shoved down our throats. And who wants that? It’s suffocating, really.
The humor, in the end, has ended up like a tea bag that steeped too long: All the flavors drained out and we’re left with something rather limp, rather than the spicy libation we were hoping to gulp down.
I’m weighing in as the closest thing Capitol Hill Blue has to a sexologist**, to explain a little more about teabagging. I classify the act of sexual tea bagging as an erotic fetish because the testicles, though part of the reproductive system, really aren’t a primary erogenous zone, at least not in most men.
I think that teabagging has to be in a significantly different category than a fetish like foot licking or toe sucking because a great deal of trust is necessary to allow someone to get their incisors around such a sensitive organ.
The testicles are also a reproductive organ.
For these reasons I categorize teabagging as an erotic act of particular intimacy.
The Republicans decided to model a protest activity modeled on the Boston Tea Party and throw tea into various bodies of water. That’s not a bad idea.
As easy as it would be to take tea bags, tear them open, and throw the tea into the water, they decided to throw the entire tea bags.
There would be no distraction from the meaning if they simply called this a tea party.
The individual who first suggested this idea can’t really be blamed. But there had to be numerous people who were in on the planning and that none of them ever heard of teabagging really does suggest a party of prudes.
They opened the door to being … ummm… dare I say, the butt of jokes.
* The Examiner used a photo of two "testicular" tea bags first. I took my own… photo of tea bags that is.
** As a psychotherapist I have taken courses in human sexuality and treated many patients with sexual problems. I also heard Albert Ellis lecture on sexuality in the 1960’s when what he was writing about sexuality was highly controversial. I have to say that reading his books and attending his lecture with my girlfriend was quite worthwhile.