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Morton Bast

editorial coordinator, TED


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What metaphors for sex are used in your country?

In his talk, sexuality educator Al Vernacchio laments the flawed metaphor that many Americans use to talk about sex: baseball. Instead of this regulated and competitive framework, he suggest that we think about sex like pizza -- a communicative and collaborative experience.

The baseball metaphor is indeed very common in the US. So I wondered, what metaphors for sex are commonly used in other countries or in other languages? Are there Americans, too, who grew up with a different metaphor? And what else besides pizza would be a helpful new one?

Share some funny or interesting euphemisms for sex from your own culture!

Topics: culture metaphor sex

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  • Jul 15 2013: I have been critical of this talk in the main thread but I forgot to mention something very related. Pizza is already a sexual euphemism for vagina in Serbia and with small alterations for an attractive female. Fish is another that's used in the same context, but I can't think of any metaphors for the actual act of sex.

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