Skip to main content

Watersports

Watersports

Watersports is a slang term for sexual play with urine. Activities can include urination on or in front of a partner, wetting one's clothes (either in public or private), and drinking urine. Often referred to as golden showers, the practice is more technically known as urolagnia or urophilia. Watersports is practiced by fetishists, by those involved in domination and submission, and by couples who find that it increases emotional intimacy and sexual satisfaction.

Sexual excitement induced by the idea of or participation in watersports has both psychological and physical roots. The ache of a full bladder can enhance sexual pleasure, and, for some women, urinating at the height of pleasure can cause or intensify orgasm. Many men and women find that the sensation of a warm steam of urine on their genitals causes immediate orgasm. For some couples, participation in urine play also enhances intimacy.

Although urine itself is relatively sterile, watersports nonetheless violates a primary social taboo establishing certain bodily fluids and excretions as unhygienic. (It should be noted, however, that the cleanliness of urine does not guarantee the prevention of sexually transmitted disease or other infections.) The violation of such a taboo can itself cause sexual excitement, often coupled with shame. For some, this balance of shame and excitement is a primary attraction of watersports. For dominants and submissives, the humiliation of public urination, of urination in sexually stimulating places or positions, of wetting oneself, of drinking urine, or of holding own's urine to the point of discomfort can provide an opportunity for erotic power exchange.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bean, Joseph W. 2004. Soaked! The Watersports Handbook for Men. Las Vegas: Nazca Plains Corp.

"Watersports Training Manual." Society for Human Sexuality. Available from http://www.sexuality.org/l/fetish/ws.html.

                                        Maureen Lauder

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Watersports." Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Culture Society History. . Encyclopedia.com. 20 Jul. 2019 <https://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Watersports." Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Culture Society History. . Encyclopedia.com. (July 20, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/watersports

"Watersports." Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Culture Society History. . Retrieved July 20, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/watersports

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.