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Am I a pig?

Bears, wolves, pandas, bulls, pups, cubs and otters all online! In this digital zootopia, surely something separates the smell of sizzling bacon from going the whole hog. So what does it really mean to be a pig, and who qualifies?

It seems that our ages, shapes, sizes and amounts of body hair are key differentiating factors that split the smorgasbord of gay subculture identities on offer. But our fascination for categorising each other with labels borrowed from the animal kingdom is a whole other kettle of fish. While lines of distinction between categories might not always have crisp edges, one of these things doesn’t quite squeeze its curly tail into a box along with the others: pigs.

Most of the popularised creature classifications are founded in physical attributes backhanded to us from Mother Nature. Too slim to be a bear, but too furry to be a twink? No problem! Maybe you oughta’ embrace being an otter. Other factors beyond our control such as age and genetic ancestry can contribute towards these tribal alliances. From what I hear, it’s just robust gentlemen from the Asian community who qualify as pandas, and only time will tell when a young cub eventually matures into bearhood.

So where does that leave the humble pig?

There’s not a sausage of evidence that these critters all outwardly present in the same way. Young, mature, svelte, muscled, chunky, furry, and anything to everything in between. What seems to be ubiquitous for those with a porcine propensity (that’s the animal family name for pigs by the way) are behaviour-based characteristics.

I won’t boar you with all the details, but if you find yourself squealing with delight at the mention of any of these in a sexual context perhaps you might identify as being a little piggy too:

  • Anal play and toys
  • Armpit or crotch smelling
  • Cum swapping or cum play
  • Felching
  • Fisting
  • Piss play
  • Scat
  • Sniffing used underwear or socks
  • Spit or snot play
  • Sweat licking

This isn’t necessarily a comprehensive list of particular behaviours that qualify. It’s also worth noting you don’t have to tick every item off… But if you do, you might deservedly take first place in show for the piggiest around – assuming pulling rank (or pork) is important to you.

While no formal description of the term seems to exist, Urban Dictionary offers one definition dating back to 2003: “A homosexual man who likes to have dirty sex, including watersports and lots of ejaculate.”

Other similar definitions floating around the world wide web use terms such as kinky, sleazy, raunchy, seedy and twisted. We could split hairs over how each of those is described in the dictionary, but I think you get the general point by now.

Who gives an oink anyway?

The increasing popularity of this identity posted on personal profiles across the internet is a reflection of how more and more men are taking pride in proclaiming the kind of sex they enjoy. If you find yourself casually flirting with a view to heavy petting one of these wonderful prize pigs, there’s a great opportunity to ask about what kind of activities you might mutually enjoy together. Discussing limits – or even declaring if you have none – can help make sure you’re both comfortable with what you choose to get up to when getting down to business.

Ultimately, anyone of us has the opportunity to consider ourselves a pig (or not) regardless of the kind of sex we enjoy. If it’s legal, consensual and enjoyable, then surely a little of what you fancy can’t be a bad thing, right? Piggy sex can involve all sorts of bodily fluids so there could be more chance of contracting HIV or other STIs. You can maximise your protection by knowing about and using strategies such as condoms, managing an undetectable viral load if you’re HIV positive, PrEP or if need be, PEP. For information on how you can boost your safety and enjoyment, you can get the lowdown from these great online resources:

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