Competitive Air Sex Is A Thing, And Here's What You Need To Know About It

There was a time when air guitar was something you did alone in your basement while watching Headbanger's Ball on Saturday night. Today, it's a worldwide phenomenon, taken seriously (or almost seriously) by thousands. Similarly, air sex is something you did to entertain your friends on the playground to show them your supposed bedroom prowess, and now, it, too, is gaining national notoriety.

Let me repeat that: "air sex" is a real thing. Like air guitar, air sex requires physical agility, creativity, and a rock hard sense of humor. Think of that scene from Bruno when he performs fellatio on the ghost of Rob Pilatus from Milli Vanilli. Yep. Air sex.

As the Air Sex Championships get ready to roll into Philadelphia this week, folks from near and far will come together to see how many different ways you can simulate sex with an invisible partner. The props and costumes are entirely up to the performer, hindered only by their perverted imagination. Even if you can't make it to Pennsylvania to see for yourself, there is a movie about the phenomenon, plus lots of fun video clips on YouTube to whet your air sex appetite. Here are five facts that you should know about art of air sex:

1. The Competitive Air Sex Movement Started With Chris Trew

The New Orleans/Austin-based comedian started the movement as a one-off comedy show riffing on air guitar. That was in 2007, and air sex is now a nationally-touring affair.

2. There Are Two Rules Of Air Sex

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According to a feature in GQ, air sex has two distinct rules. First, you can only have sex with an imaginary partner, and second, you cannot actually climax during your performance — although it is of course encouraged that you pretend to do so.

3. Participants And Fans Are Called "Airsexuals"

There are pansexuals, sapiosexuals, and now, airsexuals. Air sex isn't just a lifestyle, it's an orientation :D

4. Gender And Sexuality Don't Matter

If you think air sex is a bunch of guys pretending to air hump an imaginary lady, think again. According to the official air sex rules: "all ages, races, body types, and gender identifications are welcome to sign up and become part of the bizarre spectacle."

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