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[Absolutely NSFW] Vocabulary and etymology question?

Asked by elbanditoroso (33136points) November 14th, 2023
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I recently ran across the term ‘jilling off’ (slang for female masturbation), which apparently is a term that was invented specifically to differentiate from ‘jacking off’ (slang for male masturbation).

I’m assuming that Jack and Jill (of nursery rhyme fame) were the underlying concepts for this new phrase.

My questions:

- how long has the term been around?

- is it norma loquendi?

- are there other, similar neologisms that have evolved to depict gender based sexual activity words?

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Dutchess_III's avatar

Never heard of it before. Men tend to be a lot more obvious about it, hence the common phrase.

JLeslie's avatar

Never heard of it, but makes sense I guess.

I heard a long time ago that 88 is two women doing 69. I never heard it used again though. Not sure if some people do use it.

Zaku's avatar

Never heard it before.

canidmajor's avatar

My lifelong nickname is Jill, and I guarantee I would have heard it (ad nauseam) if it enjoyed any kind of common or even occasional usage. At all. Really. This was the first time.

cookieman's avatar

I’ve heard that phrase for at least a decade or so.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Never heard it, sounds juvenile though.

smudges's avatar

I’ve heard or seen it in print a few times in the past 10 years or so. Never heard about the 88, though.

kritiper's avatar

Probably been around as long as “flicking the bean.”

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^ouch.

zenvelo's avatar

I first heard it about 20 years ago in a sex advice column here in the SF Bay Area. But it never seemed to catch on, and “jacking off” seems to have faded too. More people seem to prefer “rubbing one out” or just masturbating.

69 seems to be gender agnostic; any two people.

gorillapaws's avatar

I think it’s been around since the sexual revolution in the 60’s. I first heard the term in a women’s studies class I took in the early 2000’s, and in the context it was used it seemed like it had been around for decades. You had the advent of the birth control pill, burning bras and the acknowledgement that it was perfectly healthy for women to be sexual people with desires and for them to masturbate if they wanted to.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I first heard the term about 25 years ago, but it NEVER seemed to catch on. I have heard the term a bit more often over the last 10 years or so, but it’s usually an online comment rather than a person discussing their preferences.

rebbel's avatar

Jerk and Jill.

raum's avatar

I’ve heard the term more than twenty years ago. But guessing it’s been around longer.

Though @zenvelo’s comment is making me realize I don’t really hear it in Southern California.

Maybe it’s a regional thing? Or maybe I don’t discuss gender studies and sexuality as much when visiting my family? Ha.

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