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And The Question Is, Why Do American Men Like To "Moon" People?

Updated on March 22, 2009


I think the only males on the planet who enjoy "mooning" people are the American ones. This is an observation that I have made throughout the years. I have never seen any other males in any other country do this. It is solely an American thing, and they enjoy it so much it is in many of the popular films. It is comparable to "streaking," but I think "mooning" goes further back in time. Streaking was a thing that was invented in the 80s. Mooning, I think, dates back to the 40s or 50s. I wonder who it was that started that behavior. If anybody knows, please let me know, please let me in on it. This has to be considered Historical Trivia. I have yet to see women succumb to this silly pastime. What is the joke? I fail to see what is funny about someone's "derriere." Is it meant as an insult? Those who know out there, please inform me ASAP.

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    • maricarbo profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      I learn something new every day!

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      7 years ago

      My best friend and I (both chicks) are serial mooners! We've mooned at people working late night drive thrus if we weren't happy with the service or just because we felt like it. We've mooned our friends inside bars and her boyfriend's mom. We've mooned in every state we've been in. We only recently found out that we can go to jail for it and that hasn't stopped us so far...

      We may have a problem....

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      7 years ago

      Hi, yeah Australia engages in the practise. I'm a 16 year old male, and I moon people on a regular basis; it's just great to have sort of a thrilling experience of nearly getting caught, and then the hilarity of it is just the best part. It sort of embarrasses me, but at the same time, I love it, and will never stop mooning.

      I just don't moon little kids, or stuff like that. Adults who are way to busy is the best to moon.

    • maricarbo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Wow, so in Australia, too? That is a surprise! Thanks for your essay! This is getting more interesting!

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      9 years ago

      Read all about it at Wikipedia. Now nobody needs to be ignorant!

      I am an Australian mooner. A restrained one, perhaps, but nonetheless I have engaged in the practice. I have a few friends of the same persuasion, and I know of many more in my culture; yes, mooning is alive and well in Oz.

      I went online tonight to search for an explanation for it, and have come up largely blank. Wikipedia has fairly factual and historical information (Yes, it does date back to the 40s and 50s: the 1340s at battle of Crecy!), and you merely pose the question to which I was looking for an answer: why do we do it?

      The closest I could come was the fact that it was insulting and at the same time elicits a shocked reaction. Thus, when mooning somebody, you effectively convey your contempt for the moonee and that for which they stand, while at the same time (depending upon the moonee's constitution and moral fibre), one get the satisfaction of eliciting a response, either of shock or anger or disgust, or preferably all three and some more besides.

      Having said that, it may be even more common for one to moon one's friends, (more specifically, your mates or the group of lads you hang with), in a (daring / risque?) expression of solidarity or a good-natured "cop this!" fashion. This is true here, - it may be less so in the States.

      In my experience, it is not something you do in close quarters; hence the popularity of the drive-by 'pressed ham' (although I've seen more of buttocks actually out the car window rather than pressed up against the glass). Usually it is undertaken at a distance from the moonee. Why? Maybe the importance of a clean escape from the scene plays a part; maybe it's just too hard to say all the things you want to say over that sort of a distance, when a simple 'browneye' will say everything you want to.

      It's not something that chicks generally do, largely because they don't seem to get the point of it. (despite the comment above by Maricarbo above; I would suggest that this particular female is in a distinct minority. In Australia, it would be a rough or "bogan" chick that would even consider mooning, as it would likely have the opposite of the desired effect, ie lads would probably wolf-whistle her.)

      I was trying to explain the practice to my wife this evening, and in desperation, I hit the web to look for something, and it's led to this essay, because I found this question posed by someone who, surprisingly, knew less than me about the topic, and spewing this thesis out has in fact helped me to clarify my thought on the subject, and I feel I can now give my wife an answer that does justice to the question.

      So, thanks for the prompting!

      Keep Shining


    • maricarbo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thank you, mooner, for giving us some insight as to why you people do this.  So it is just in jest?  It is not an insult?  I wonder what it is about the American psyche or mindset that makes them do just that....because in other cultures that is simply not done, and the comment a Latino would make regarding this behavior would simply be, "Una Gringada," or, translated, "Utter silliness of the Gringo."  (Gringo is simply a term used to designate Americans, whether white black or green).  It is interesting to note that you males also have descriptive terminology for such an ocurrence, such as the "little man on the moon, " and/or "pressed ham."

      You know, I think this is the only place in the world where males will streak, as well.  Thanks for your comment.

    • Roderic Aldrich profile image

      Roderic Aldrich 

      10 years ago from Northern Vermont

      I must say that I have fallen victim to several full moons over the years. Some have been a hybrid of the moon, like when the perpitrator is in a vehicle and he presses his buns against the glass to give you what is affectionately called "pressed ham". Or, when the assailant bends over so far out of sheer joy and jubulation in the act, that you can actually see the "little man on the moon".

      I think it is like farting in a car full of people with the windows up, you do it just to throw them off guard. I don't think it is an insult, just an attempt to get some attention and a few head shakes.

    • maricarbo profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      My cousin from California just emailed me to say that she knows of a very serious woman friend of hers who also likes to "moon" people. I asked her if the woman was a bit masculine and she said no, that the woman was actually very feminine. Go figure! If anyone has insight into this behavior, please make a comment.


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