the concept of "top" vs. "bottom" in other cultures/languages

  • rockjockCA

    Posts: 56

    May 20, 2016 5:10 AM GMT
    Just learned that folks in Taiwan use "#0" and "#1" to refer to a bottom and a top. What about other cultures/languages?

  • May 20, 2016 5:53 AM GMT
    Passive (Pasivo) meaning bottom in Spanish. Active (Activo) meaning top. Versatile (Versatil)
  • SilverRRCloud

    Posts: 901

    May 22, 2016 6:03 AM GMT
    A few latin and slavonic languages define tops as being 'active' and bottoms as being 'passive'.

    The literal translation is ill-at-place here. No one is really saying that the bottom dude has to be passive in any sense. It is simply a word used to denote a specific sexual role.

    Some cultures are more open-minded towards the versatile guys than the others. More traditional cultures of the Mediterranean would call a versatile dude a bottom, because he bottoms, too. The fact that he tops is kinda self-understood in terms of being a default. In their vision of the world, every guy wants to top but it is kinda useful to know who is willing to bottomicon_lol.gif.

  • takashi

    Posts: 200

    May 28, 2016 2:36 AM GMT
    In Japan,
    the top is 'Tachi' which literally means 'stand' or in this case means 'erect'

    the bottom is 'Uke' which means 'receive' or to 'take'