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A Burner Lexicon: Shirt-cocking

Posted in A Burner Lexicon, and Burning Man

Shirt-cocking art. Pyropolis, 2010. Photo by Stash.

Shirt-cocking, –verb, Shirt-cocking is when a man wears a t-shirt but but goes naked from the waist down. This practice is a natural outgrowth of Burning Man events which value “radical self-expression” but are held in clothing optional environments. Shirt-cocking has become one of the few genuine fashion faux pas in a community that otherwise turns a blind-eye (or a downright appreciative one) on all kinds of egregious peacock-like displays of one’s ability to combine neon colors and fun fur in new ways.

The potential offensiveness of a female counterpart to this behavior is still in question. When done by a woman, it is called Daisy Ducking.

Shirt-cocking was the subject of a somewhat heated debate recently in my local community. The controversy was made worse when an unidentified prankster made a whole bunch of signs supporting shirt-cocking, complete with ‘softpack’ dildos, and then left the signs behind as MOOP.

Thanks to Meat Popsicle for suggesting this entry and April Reign for input.

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  • knowmad

    The female equivelent to shirt cocking. also not ok.

  • Kit

    There has been some discussion of this topic with other names suggested — Daisy ducking and shirt-cunting also. However, it is not received with the universal hatred that shirt-cocking is — and some people think certain looks on women (i.e. men’s button down formal shirt with nothing else) are actually sexy. Then we get into more complex territory like what about shirt-vesting?

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • Kate

    I BeaverBloused on the way to the porta johns a few times when waking up for the first time of the day. This was in an attempt to cover myself with the nearest item of clothing in my morning mental fog. Most days I just made the journey in a pair of shoes, I guess that is more appropriate?

    • Kit

      It’s all probably better than the time I groggily decided only sneakers and my purple tophat were the appropriate early morning porta-john attire…

  • Geo

    Cross-reference with DONALD DUCKING. When a woman does it while wearing a dildo, I’ve heard it called SKIRT-COCKING.

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  • Andor

    I prefer “blouse snatching.”

  • I’ve been studying this phenomenon for several years and still find it perplexing. I could fuck a ham wearing a tutu with a horn shoved up my ass and that is all fine and good. But if I finish and take off the tutu, remove the horn and walk away wearing only a shirt I have somehow crossed some invisible line and committed an unpardonable sin? I don’t get it. Shirt-cockers are so despised that they are becoming extinct. I only found one in the wild last year and have since set up a preserve but shirt-cockers are harder to breed than pandas so i fear that they will soon go the way of the Dodo.

  • Yeah Yeah

    I’ve also known of this term as “blouse snatching”

  • Lucky

    There was a Camp that used to bring a canon for shooting rolled up pairs of pants at shirtcockers who happened to walk by….
    No wonder the shirtcockers are going extinct.

  • Big John

    OMG! I cannot believe I am reading some of these opinionated postings from so called burners. Who gave you the right to judge anyone? It’s OK, It’s not OK? Not your journey, back off!

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