“Fluid bonding” — the act of intentionally sharing bodily juices with a sexual partner — is purportedly becoming a popular practice in bedrooms across the nation.
While the origins of the frisky phrase are unclear, a variety of publications are now reporting on the randy activity, which refers to far more than simply forgoing a condom during sex.
“Usually, unprotected sex is just a sort of casual, barrier-less erotic experience without communication and intention,” sexologist Jenny Skyler told MindBodyGreen.
In contrast, fluid bonding is done with the goal of being “more connected, [or to] have more sensation, intimacy or commitment.”
According to InsideHook, fluid bonding with a partner “is an active, conscious choice” that revolves around consent and intent.
“Fluid bonding is a term that describes a pre-established agreement between two or more people to intentionally go without barriers,” Luna Matatas, the creator of Peg the Patriarchy, told Women’s Health.
In much the same way that two friends may prick their fingers to share blood and become “blood brothers,” fluid bonding is supposed to signify a deep level of trust — the exact opposite of the dangerous “stealthing” trend.
The practice stands in contrast to no-holds-barred hookup culture — which many naughty New Yorkers engaged in during this year’s “slutty summer.”
While unprotected sex is one way to practice fluid bonding, there are several ways to go about the intimate activity.
As fluid bonding also refers to the exchange of sweat, saliva and blood, it can be practiced via oral sex, anal sex or even a simple French kiss.
However, polyamorous, pansexual influencer @marjanilane has cautioned that those who practice fluid bonding are at risk of contracting STIs, even though they may have pledged a commitment to their partner.
“It does not mean you are safe from STI transmission — partners can still cheat or have untreated STIs. STIs can be asymptomatic and lie dormant,” she warned.
“A negative STI test doesn’t mean that person is ‘clear.’ A partner can test negative for an STI on July 1st and receive negative results on July 7th but contracted an STI on July 3rd.”
Meanwhile, fluid bonding is not the only sexual practice that is hitting headlines.
A sex act known as soaking — which refers to penetration without any thrusting — is being widely discussed after it was the subject of an ex-Mormon woman’s viral video on TikTok.