The Gangbang as Social Commentary

I once read a book called A History of Orgies by Burgo Partridge that discussed various orgies in the western world. To summarize the book suggests that orgies function as a safety valve releasing society’s  pent up tensions; however orgies differed greatly between cultures both in their nature i.e. degree and nature of sadomasochism  and in how successfully executed this “safety valve” experiment was. This made me wonder about the nature of a different social phenomenon …. The gangbang. What would a book in the distant future entitled A History of Gangbangs look like? Let ponder the question.

Much like orgies, the nature of the gangbang and what it can tell us about a certain group would likely vary in subtle but meaningful ways depending on the group partaking in it. Only God knows how long it will be before the world is sexually open enough for it to be acceptable for those differences to be elucidated academically a la A History of Orgies (or even perhaps for there to be a large enough n of gangbang to make such an undertaking feasible.) Therefore, this post will be limited to analyzing two polar opposite ways of looking at the gangbang. Before we can get to that, however it is necessary to give a definition of a gangbang and what makes it sufficiently different from an orgy.

I am going to limit the discussion to one female, multiple male gangbangs. I am aware that are other forms, one male receiving it from other males and or be-strapped women, reverse gangbangs, etc. I will limit it because not only is one female multiple male the most common form within the context of this post, the gangbang as a social commentary, it is the most fruitful. So what is a gangbang? To start, there are two things that define the gangbang to me: The first is numbers; the second is that the numbers are skewed across gender lines, in our case one woman and multiple men. In regards to the first trait, opinions vary but in my view, calling anything less than 4 men on the center (“more poles then holes”) a gangbang is false advertising. Although you’re not really in the spirit of things unless you have at least 6 or more (3 stuffed holds; 2 busy hands, with one gentleman waiting his turn at play)  ((My ideal vision of it breaking the single digit barrier and having a ration of 10:1 or greater)) The bottom line is that there are more males involved then the female can handle at once. At some point, at least one person at the gangbang is going to have to wait their turn. The second trait, the gender skewing is what truly separates the gangbang from the usually mixed gender orgy. A simple release valve, as Burgo Partridge defines the orgy, would not need such a deliberate skewing of gender, if anything it could minimize its effect. Something else is at work here. Given the gender mismatch, it seems natural to frame the gangbang as some form of gender commentary. Thus the reminder of the post will focus on two ways the gangbang can be seen as gender commentary; the first sees the gangbang as something negative, patriarchal and misogynistic, the second positive, beautiful, powerful and… yes I said it…empowering.

The first view, degrading patriarchal, misogynistic, is the one you might expect to see from radical feminists, or other sex negative groups. The easiest way to see this is looking at how these groups often regard porn and porn stars, a relevant group as they are the only one most people can imagine taking part in such activates. Almost inevitability the idea of group sex and gangbangs is brought up as a way of demonstrating why porn work is inherently degrading to women. These types of comments clearly operate on the expectation that the very image of a gangbang will invoke visceral disgust in anyone who respects women. Clearly, these people are approaching the gangbang from the point of view of it being inherently degrading to the female involved. The words “all sex is rape” may have never actually been uttered but it is clearly an attitude, which is prevalent in certain circles. You can see this in cases where people refer to all prostitution or pornography as a form of rape; in this case, the attitude logically extends to treating all gangbangs as thou they were gang rape. Even without taking it to the extremity of the most radical of radical feminists, many within the mainstream or even amongst those who call themselves sex-positive see the gangbang as degrading. It is conceivable even those who believe in Burgo Partridge’s orgy as a release valve theory could see the deliberate gender skewing of the gangbang as a corruption of the egalitarian aspirations of the orgy. Instead of a mixed gender society finding release in a mixed gender orgy, a patriarchal society finds one-sided release in the male dominated gangbang. Given the patriarchal history of the world and the victimization women have suffered because of it, I’m not going to deny that there may have been times, places and situations where all of these negative connections may have been justified. However, are these negative elements inherent to the act, are they the only reasonable way of perceiving the act, as adherents to this view would argue?

To answer that question it might be useful to pretend we are an alien observer. What, based only on the mechanics of the act, might they make of our species based on this exchange? I would think our hypothetical extraterrestrial anthropologist might be asking themselves a set of questions that portrayal the female of our species in a rather positive light. One might ask just how ravenous is this human creature know as “woman” that not only is a single partner (or perhaps even a single digit number of partners) insufficient to satisfy her but that her desire is so great a queue must be formed in order to replace those whom she has exhausted? How weak must this human creature known “man” appear after such an observation? How doubly weak must this creature appear when our alien observer notes they are being stimulated at single point, the odd hydraulics system known as “penis”; all the while their complement is successfully fending off an assault from multiple vectors? This is of course looking at it without knowing our cultural history, however if we were to add that in to the mix would our alien observer not find something comical in the juxtaposition between cultural perception and logistical reality? Our culture expects women to be sexually meek and passive, lamb like; males by contrast are expected, encouraged even to have lion sized appetites. Tell me then where else but the gangbang could you see a “lamb” take down an entire pride’s worth of “lions”?

You don’t have to be from another world to appreciate this, this very terrestrial blogger’s first post on FetLife included the following quote(1) :

Seeing a group of men using a woman for their sexual gratification superficially it can seen as a statement of male power. If you think about it however, how humbling a commentary it is to think that a single one of the supposedly weaker sex can take down a dozen or more of us in sexual combat and maybe even request that there be more opponents from her to do battle with the next time? How weak is the supposedly mighty phallus that it takes a phalanx worthy to take on a single challenger?

Nor is this merely a male interpretation; the female Dr. Susan Block wrote of gangbangs (emphasize mine):

No man can do this. A man may have a harem with 100 women in it, but he can’t fuck all of them in one night. Whereas Catherine fucks 100 men in a night with some regularity, and with little difficulty except a bit of soreness between the thighs. Then, you realize why men have guarded, enslaved and punished women for millenia. Because every woman can do this.

Not that it takes any great physical ability. And certainly no mental talent. Of course, it takes stamina. But just about any reasonably healthy young or middle-aged woman can plunk herself down on a coffee table or park bench and spread her legs for numerous men to fuck her as she strokes and sucks and plays with the various cocks that surround her.

And yet it is an achievement. Even a great achievement. Because, though every woman can do this, most women don’t—for fear of being labeled a slut, or because no one asks them, or because they are so indoctrinated into the idea of one man per woman, that it doesn’t even occur to them.”

Gangbang-ee Catharine M. even while describing herself as a rather passive center still manages to call herself the “active spider in her web”. Inherently degrading I don’t think so.

However, with all this talk of female power and achievement that is not to say that as someone that hopes to one day be one of the penetrators at such an event; that I would find anything emasculating about being one of the “active spider’s” many victims. Quite the opposite, what red blood male wouldn’t enjoy being able to use the center for their own gratification; what penetrator in a bareback gangbang  wouldn’t feel more like a man after leaving the center covered and dripping with male reproductive seed. However, in this context are not we admitting that being a man; implies only being 1/10 (or 1/14 or 1/100) of what it takes to get the job done. Ahh yes… like any good social phenomena, there are layers to the gangbang.

So how would A History of Gangbangs look like? I don’t know. What I do know however is that there are few acts whose meaning is truly so intrinsic that they can’t be influenced if not wholly determined by the individuals practicing them. To that end, I proudly display my love for group sex, gangbangs included, and my sex positive, non-misogynistic view of it. Whatever your kink, whatever future a History of (insert your kink here) they may be a part of; their meaning is not setting in stone. Our sexual future, the messages we will leave behind, our grandchildren history, is as much ours to write, as is our geopolitical one. With that in mind may all the sex you have be it one on one, ten on one, or more, be hot, steamy and satisfying…after all we have to give all those future historians something interesting to write about ;-).

Power? Degradation? Tell Me, what Do you See?

Power? Degradation? What do you see?

  1. edited a bit for clarity and to fix spelling errors >.< []
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8 Responses to The Gangbang as Social Commentary

  1. Wow. This post just blew me away – very thoughtful, and it intersected with some thoughts (and, indeed, experiences!) I’ve been musing on over the last day or two.

    xx Dee
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  2. KachwaNo Gravatar says:

    What an excellent ananlysis on the subject. Thank you for writing this.

  3. ultraNo Gravatar says:

    In response to “no man can do this” he indeed has two opening’s. So, it can be done.

  4. agreeNo Gravatar says:

    Having been involved in just such a situation for the first time , as the woman, I have to agree. It was an absolute revelation and left me feeling on top of the world and incredibly good about myself. Not really for the reasons you’ve put but the essential point remains the same… it’s not inherently degrading, though it could be. We choose and create the meaning and for me, holding on to my own interpretation is where I am really, truly liberated

  5. TomNo Gravatar says:

    But does any woman truly enjoy a gangbang? I’m not talking about porn actresses doing fake gangbangs or fake women on the internet claiming to love gangbangs. Does the author of this post know any women who have actually enjoyed a gangbang and even felt empowered? Over the years I have known a couple of women who have pulled trains, mostly in their teens, without any enjoyment. Putting fantasies aside how much pleasure could a woman possibly derive from a gangbang?

  6. MadelineNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Tom we do exist. Great article, I am a woman who has been involved in 5 gangbangs & absolutely loved everyone. You’re talking about young girls in their teens who generally are not sexually confident or experienced. Making the decision in my late 20’s to have my 1st gangbang was so liberating & made me feel desired beyond anything a a one on one experinece could ever give me. Once again great article on a subject that is all but ignored.

  7. MadelineNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Tom we do exist. Great article, I am a woman who has been involved in 5 gangbangs & absolutely loved everyone. You’re talking about young girls in their teens who generally are not sexually confident or experienced. Making the decision in my late 20’s to have my 1st gangbang was so liberating & made me feel desired beyond anything a one on one experience could ever give me. Once again great article on a subject that is all but ignored.

  8. weiglafNo Gravatar says:

    I think gangbangs are great and all, but aren’t you forgetting that the ratio of women to men is pretty close to 50:50?

    Are 99 women being left out while the 1 hottest woman is being pleasured? Or are the guys just swarming on each of the girls one after the other, and declining to commit to any sort of relationship?

    I mean that sounds great to me as a guy that doesn’t want marriage, but uh.. why would anyone commit to a girl who has 99 other cocks in her? Definitely not for the sake of children. I’d just hope I knocked her up and move onto the next one.

    Any input on this issue?

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