Getting to the Root of Figging

Figging is an activity that was reputedly common during the Victorian era. It was often combined with whipping or spanking – activities that cause the tightening of the anal sphincter. Apparently, the Victorians felt that a spanking should be received on unclenched buttocks. Josey Vogels answers a reader’s question about the practice.

Dear Josey:

I was cooking dinner with a friend of mine and we were making a stir-fry that called for grated ginger root. While cooking, my friend said she heard about a practice called “figging,” which involves some kind of sex play with ginger root. Have you heard of such a thing? Besides the somewhat phallic nature of this root, is there anything particularly sexually special about ginger root? Read more

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