Booty call (slang)

A booty call is a telephone call, other communication, or visitation made with the sole intent of engaging in sex or other forms of sexual release with the person being contacted. Traditionally this social practice, especially the term booty call, is associated with a person calling another person for a sexual encounter after having already established either a casual or more serious relationship involving sexual relations.

In most instances, a booty call is made when the prospect of a traditional romantic date is highly unlikely (e.g., late in the evening, after midnight or in the pre-dawn hours), thus making it obvious that the intent of the call is for the sole purpose of obtaining and engaging in sexual intercourse.

Most notably, the booty call is an alternative type of sexual relation between people. One can look at the booty call as sexual intercourse taking place between the social constructs of marriage, dating and prostitution. The lure in this case is the mutual satisfaction and pleasure of sex outside a traditional relationship (with all its complexities and commitments). A booty call is typically looked at with the singular purpose of sexual pleasure and is not engaged upon to replace traditional relationships. As such, a booty call can take place with two (or more) people already involved in a relationship, but without the intent of breaking the relationship; however, as an alternate framework for sexual relations, the booty call can meet the urge for intimacy in a period of time or situation that allows for little or no sexual fulfillment otherwise. As such, the booty call becomes a gratifying and efficient option to a drastic change in a social situation, i.e., breaking an otherwise good relationship because of unsatisfying sex.

The phrase originated in a comedic routine by stand-up comedian Bill Bellamy in the early 1990s. The term is generally associated with black males, though it can be used by persons of either gender, and many ethnicities, to request sexual favors by calling an acquaintance that may or may not be romantically linked to the caller.

Booty calls can also be used by one partner of an ended relationship to obtain sex from the ex-partner, who may have lingering emotions and feelings of a need for continued physical connection, without feeling compelled to continue dating that person. This may be referred to as "ex sex."

The term itself is more likely to be used by the person answering the call or others in his/her company than the person making the call. For example, "Did John take off?", "Yeah, he had to answer a booty call." It is not considered derisive.

Although traditionally the telephone is used for a booty call, the last ten years have seen the rise of IM, chat, e-mail, and text message booty calling. Dating websites have also created a forum for an online booty call.

Although opinions may vary, a booty call is generally made after midnight. The term has since evolved to refer to one or the other party to the relationship, e.g. "She's my booty call."

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