Fisting, handballing, fist-fucking, brachiovaginal, or brachioproctic insertion is a sexual activity that involves inserting a hand into the vagina or rectum. Once insertion is complete, the fingers are either clenched into a fist or kept straight. Fisting may be performed with or without a partner.
Fisting is said to be the only sexual practice invented in the twentieth century. It was "invented" by gay men, then adopted by women following the gay men's example. The most famous fisting club in the world was the Catacombs, located in San Francisco, in the 1970s and 1980s. The Handball Express was another such club.Crisco was commonly used as a lubricant, before more specialized personal lubricants became available.
In the 1980s, based on the erroneous assumption that fisting was a major route for transmission of the AIDS virus, and sexual squeamishness, the public fisting culture in gay San Francisco led gay writer Randy Shilts to lead a successful campaign for the closure of venues (gay bathhouses and other sex clubs) that openly permitted it. Fisting gradually returned as a sexual practice over the next 30 years.
The beak-like "silent duck" used in the initial stages of fisting
The "Silent Duck", also called "Duck-Billing", is the technique often used in which the person engaging in hand insertion shapes the hand to resemble a duck's beak. Typically, fisting does not involve forcing the clenched fist into the vagina or rectum; this is a practice called "punching". Instead, all five fingers are kept straight and held as close together as possible (forming the beak-like "duck"), then slowly inserted into a well lubricated vagina or rectum.
In more vigorous forms of fisting, such as "punching" or "punchfisting", a fully clenched fist may be inserted and withdrawn slowly.
Fistees who are more experienced may take two fists (double-fisting). In the case of double-fisting, pleasure is derived more from the stretching of the anus or vagina than from the thrusting (in-and-out) movement of hands.
Anal fisting carries risks of colorectal perforation; participants are advised to use latex gloves and lubricant, and designate a safeword, the utterance of which will call an immediate halt to the activity. The practice, along with the insertion of hard objects into the anus, has been significantly related to the traumatization of the rectal mucosa in increasing the likelihood of infection, including Hepatitis B.
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