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An exploratory study of a new kink activity: pup play.

Wignall, L. and McCormack, M., 2017. An exploratory study of a new kink activity: pup play. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46 (3), 801 - 811.

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DOI: 10.1007/s10508-015-0636-8


This study presents the narratives and experiences of 30 gay and bisexual men who participate in a behavior known as “pup play.” Never empirically studied before, we use in-depth interviews and a modified form of grounded theory to describe the dynamics of pup play and develop a conceptual framework with which to understand it. We discuss the dynamics of pup play, demonstrating that it primarily consists of mimicking the behaviors and adopting the role of a dog. We show that the majority of participants use pup play for sexual satisfaction. It is also a form of relaxation, demonstrated primarily through the existence of a “headspace.” We classify pup play as a kink, and find no evidence for the framing of it as a form of zoophilia. We call for further research on pup play as a sexual kink and leisure activity from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:BDSM; Kink; Leisure; Pup Play; Role-play
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:30507
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:21 Mar 2018 11:41
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:10


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