We live in a period that brings many of us unprecedented freedom, when cultural norms and dogmas are actively questioned and dismantled daily. One still hanging by a thread is the conservative view of men as stoic, assertive and consistently dominant creatures in bed. If we follow this outdated assumption, then people who want to be perceived as masculine shouldn't be submissive or, God forbid, get pegged.

But it's 2022—it's about time we open up the conversation about pegging.

"We need to continue to talk about pegging and really all things anal in order to help eradicate the shame and stigma that's associated with anal play," said Evan Goldstein, D.O., an anal surgeon in New York City, as well as CEO and founder of Bespoke Surgical and co-founder of Future Method. "That includes discussions like these in the popular press, pop culture and social media."

What is pegging?

The word "pegging" was first coined in 2001 by sex columnist Dan Savage. It's a sexual act or position in which a woman penetrates a man's anus with a strap-on dildo. Of