Apr 072011
 

Background

Figging and caning, a great combination

Figging and caning, a great combination

Figging is the practice of putting a length of peeled ginger root in your posterior orifice as part of sexual congress. It is believed by many groups on the fringes of academia to induce wild throes of passion deriving from a particularly delicious, if minor, agony, so say the so-called BDSM life-stylers. It is our goal to attempt to recreate the supposed conditions that would induce such pain and euphoria.

While we will discuss the physical and emotional implications of such an act, it is interesting first to ponder the origins of figging through etymological exploration. For example, the word feague (pronounced FEEG), has had many interesting meanings over the centuries.[1] It has meant “to whip or thrash someone” and at one time used to mean “to encourage or lift the spirits of a person.” Most fascinating is the use of feague to describe the equestrian practice of inserting a stimulant, usually ginger, into the anus of a horse to make it appear more lively. Although less pertinent to our studies, fico[1], means fig and also the act of thrusting your thumb between the index and middle fingers of your closed first in a gesture of extreme contempt. It is said to be an invitation to “kiss my ass.”[2]

Your tools: ginger and a paring knife

Your tools: ginger and a paring knife

Figs themselves, the fruit, have quite the sexual reputation, by turns being compared to testicles and female genitalia, depending on one’s proclivities (cf. una bella fica in Italian). One needs only to bite into a fig to understand why they are often thought obscene. The most intriguing definition of the word fig is “to put into fine form artificially”[3], very thought-provoking in the field of figging, where many unsubstantiated claims are being made about ginger’s attributes as an aphrodisiac.

How does all of this come together to the modern BDSM practice? Indubitably there is still some controversy, although most data suggests that it in the Victorian era that the modern practice has it’s roots.[4] There is some mention of the act of figging in Victorian literature. It could have started with the punishment of school children, but it’s well known, and widely accepted in scholarly circles, that Victorians were quite kinky in their bedroom play and many men of the era enjoyed spanking games with their wives. Since we have evidence that they used methods such as bare hands, caning, and riding crops, it’s likely that someone was watching horses and decided to plug his wife with a bit of ginger while applying a crop to her backside and riding her round the room.

One might wonder what benefit a fine Victorian gentleman would find in figging his wife. All one must do to find this answer is to return to the etymology of the word “feague/fig.” We can assume that he was encouraging or lifting her spirits, putting her into a fine form artificially, so to speak, by the application of ginger to her posterior, so he could then thrash her – first with a cane and then with his figs as he pounded her juicy fruit. It’s all there for those scholars with eyes and wisdom to see.

Be sure to slice away from your person

Be sure to slice away from your person

But does ginger have special sexual properties? Some sources purport that ginger enhances orgasm in a two-pronged methodology. The first is that having the ginger in your rectum induces a mild stinging that prolongs foreplay because the subject does not want to clench their butt cheeks, as is necessary for orgasm and thereby enhances the sexual experience. The second is that after a while the sensations change and a warmth, a mild euphoria and heightened arousal state settles in, leaving the subject ready for love. Many people report big tingly orgasms unlike what they normally experience.[5]

Commonly reported reactions to ginger figs inserted into the anus are extreme arousal among men, although erections are not common, and women begging and pleading for someone to please fuck them with something, anything.[4][5]

Objective

A retention ring will help your anus hold onto the fig

A retention ring will help your anus hold onto the fig

To test the theory that ginger inserted to the rectum will enhance the sexual experience.

Equipment

  • 1 “hand’ of fresh ginger
  • A sharp paring knife and/or a vegetable peeler
  • A stopwatch
  • Data worksheet and pen

Procedure

Step 1: Select the specimen

Take a scientific exploratory trip to the grocery store to select your “hand” of ginger. (It’s called a hand because it resembles a human hand with fingered appendages.) You will be carving out a single finger, so look for a hand that will allow for a fairly smooth finger, at least 4 inches in length, with a broader base to use as a

Completed ginger figs will vary in size and shape

Completed ginger figs will vary in size and shape

handle and prevent anal ingestion of the ginger. Keep your ginger cool and dry until you are ready to perform the experiment. It should be as fresh as possible.

Step 2: Calibrate your tool

Use the peeler and paring knife to sculpt your fig. Cut out the basic form of your fig, slicing down into the meat of the ginger hand to achieve as much length as possible. Peel off any remaining skin and smooth any bumps or protuberances. The base will remain outside the body and may be knobby and skin-covered. You may also carve a shallow retention ring, two thirds of the way down for your sphincter to hold onto, thereby making the fig easier to hold in place. The tip should be rounded. Rinse with cool water.

Step 3: Activation

Carefully insert your fig into your rectum. No personal lubricant should be used, but a bit of cold water can be used as needed. Most subjects find it easiest to be face down on a soft surface, their midsection elevated and supported. Clench your butt cheeks together tightly for the first minute to make sure your ginger is properly activated.

 

Step 4: Data collection

Consider your answers carefully

Consider your answers carefully

Using the provided data collection worksheet, gauge your emotional desire, physical desire, and level of pain using a simple scale from 1 to 10. You will need the stopwatch to mark the passing time. For best results, clench butt cheeks tightly before taking each assessment.

Cautions

Do not attempt this experiment if you are allergic to ginger!!! Sensitivity to ginger can be tested in the underarm area.

If the ginger happens to break off while inserted in your posterior, do not despair. Ginger will break down quickly and be eliminated naturally.

When finished with the experiment, figs should be discarded and NOT reused or repurposed.

Our Findings

Our results were somewhat consistent with the myths surrounding figging, but too complicated to insert into this paper. Our finding will be published separately, but you may view our data sheets here and here. If you would like your results to be compiled into our Figological Sciences page, please email your completed data sheet to lab #13 results.

Extra Credit

Perform the experiment again with a partner. Compare your results to see if you feel more aroused when alone or coupled. You will not, however, receive extra credit if your professor is figging your entire class, unless you are pursuing a double major in sexology and theater arts.

Notes

[1] Novobatzky, Peter, and Ammon Shea: Depraved and Insulting English. 2001. p. 84, 87.
[2] Hendrickson, Robert: Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins. 1997. p. 250.
[3] Neilson, William Allan, PhD., LLD, LHD, Litt.D, Editor in Chief: Webster’s New International Dictionary of the English Language, 2nd Edition, Unabridged. 1949. p. 943.
[4]  Michael, Master, MBDSM: “Figging: The Art of Ginger Root Play,” www.leathernroses.com, 2000.
[5] Kennedy, Kris, Professor Emeritus Altcom University, College of Sexological Studies, “Why Give a Fig,” www.alt.com 1996-2011.

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  • Rich

    I did try this one time with a girlfriend. To make sure that I wasn’t doing anything to her too dangerous, I tried the ginger out personally beforehand. It didn’t cause any significant pain, probably consistent with the results you got. I then had her lie on a bed with her hips elevated and peeled the ginger as indicated in this piece. After inserting it, I used the birch switch lightly for about ten minutes while she had it in to intensify the experience. She reported that this was a memorable experience, but she also didn’t feel like the ginger was particularly painful. Of course, compared with the birch….

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  • Lufost

    Thanks for the information.I heard a bout by a Mistress and did it with a ginger finger in my bottom and a small piece in my dick.I love the painful burnin and do it often.It`s really a very intensive sexual feeling and i don`t wonnt to miss it.Regdul/Germany

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