Obviously there’s a lot of controversy about tanning. With the prevalence of skin cancer cases, the medical community urges caution with excess sun exposure, and liberal use of sunscreen.
But some sun exposure is good for us, being an excellent natural source of Vitamin D.
It’s what you’re exposing to the sun that’s the source of our latest “WTF??” social media trend.
No matter how much you love (or loathe) the idea of getting a good tan, most of us agree that there are some places we’d rather not see others exposing to good old Mr. Sunshine.
You know the expression “Shove it where the sun don’t shine”? Well, according to a weird new social media craze, there are great health benefits to letting the sun shine right on in where it don’t – well, shouldn’t– shine.
“Perineum sunning’ is the latest controversial wellness trend to go viral on social media, and no one is quite sure why.
Also known as “bum sunning”, it’s basically lying in the sun, spread-eagled, allowing your hidey-hole to soak up some rays.
To be clear, the perineum is the thin layer of skin between your private parts (male or female) & your anus.
(Some of you may have first become aware of your perineum after having it torn like a old curtain during childbirth. Surely sun can’t require stitches & a peri-bottle, am I right??)
Many Instagram influencers have begun posting pics of themselves taking in some sun, and by “taking in”, we mean taking it deep into the nether regions of the body that rarely see the light of day.
One such devotee, known on Instagram as “Metaphysical Meagan” raves about the practice, describing it in detail in an Instagram post caption.
According to her, there are a ton of healthy benefits just waiting to be had out there in the sun- if the sun is hitting just the right places.
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??Perineum Sunning PART 2?? ?I was recently interviewed for an article on this, so I thought I’d share more: Perineum sunning is an ancient Taoist practice that originated in the Far East. In Taoism, the perenium or Hui Yin is called the “Gate of Life and Death.” This is a gateway where energy enters & exits the body. I first learned about perineum sunning through my studies of Taoism and Tantric practices. Mantak Chia speaks about this in his work, as does my friend @ra_of_earth . ?The benefits of perineum sunning include: ? •It brings in prana or solar energy from the sun into the organs within the body which strengthens the organs. ? •Perineum sunning prevents against the leakage of chi or life force energy from the body. This in turn sustains health & longevity of the physical body. •Increases creativity and creative output. •Aids in a healthy libido & balanced sexual energy. •30 seconds of sunlight on the perineum is equivalent to being in the sun all day with your clothes on. •It regulates the circadian rhythm and promotes deeper sleep. •Grounds and connects you to the Earth. •Increases your personal magnetism and amplifies the auric field. •Better focus & mental stimulation. •Regulates hormone function in the sex organs. ?? ?My experience with perineum sunning has been profound. I have been practicing this for a few months now. I start my day with 5 minutes of perineum sunning & feel energized for hours. I no longer rely on coffee for energy to start my day because I am getting my energy from the sun. I also am experiencing better sleep and require less sleep due to boost of overall energy. • ?I would highly recommend this to anyone who is seeking optimal health & wellness and to those looking to connect with their sexual energy in a balanced way. • ?The main advice I have that this practice is meant to be done in the time of 30 seconds to 5 minutes MAX in the sun. ? •????THE INTENTION OF THIS IS NOT TO TAN YOUR BUTTHOLE???? • ? Sunscreen is not required & all you really need is 30 seconds of sun exposure. The ideal hours of the day to do this are between 7-9 am. #ButtholeSunning #SexualHealing #TaoistPractices
I’d love to possess better focus and an amplified auric field (I mean… I think? Maybe my auric field is pretty amped already?).
Wouldn’t you like deeper sleep? More balanced circadian rhythms? An increased libido??
Come on- just look at the potential benefits you’re missing out on; as Meagan points out:
I no longer rely on coffee for energy to start my day because I am getting my energy from the sun.
If the sun could provide me with more energy than my daily dose of java, well, color me intrigued. So all I have to do is…
-wait. Say WHAT, Meagan??
I start my day with 5 minutes of perineum sunning & feel energized for hours.
Sun on my per- nope. Nope. HARD PASS. I’ll stick to the coffee, thanks.
But in case you were thinking of catching some rays to put a little glow in that area, Meagan points out:
The intention of this is not to tan your butthole!!!!!!!!!!!
Good to know.
Whenever some bizarre wellness trend pops up, it’s inevitable that a celebrity will get in on the craze & give it a try, sharing the results publicly.
(And no, it’s not Gwyneth Paltrow speaking out on bum sunning. Not this time, anyway.)
Actor Josh Brolin gave perineum sunning a try, and his results were less energizing and more… OUCH.
Though he does not state how much sun “exposure” he got, he ended up with a nasty-
-well, let’s let him elaborate:
My pucker hole is crazy burned.
Now, I’ve had sunburns before. Pretty painful ones, in fact. Sunburned shoulders and back can be nasty.
But a burned anus… that’s a whole ‘nother level of awkward discomfort.
Brolin was “bummed” (yep, pun intended) that instead of enjoying a day out shopping with his family, he was stuck at home,
icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain.
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Tried this perineum sunning that I’ve been hearing about and my suggestion is DO NOT do it as long as I did. My pucker hole is crazy burned and I was going to spend the day shopping with my family and instead I’m icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain. I don’t know who the fuck thought of this stupid shit but fuck you nonetheless. Seriously. #blackholefriday #blackholesun #severeperineumburns #santamonicafiredepartment #assholecare
Josh Brolin’s verdict on bum sunning:
I don’t know who the fuck thought of this stupid shit but fuck you nonetheless. Seriously.
He’s not a fan. But he does deserve points for his creative hashtag: #blackholesun
The medical community doesn’t encourage perineum sunning either, claiming that there is potential danger in exposing such a delicate area of unprotected skin to the sun.
Dermatologist Jeremy Fenton explained to Yahoo why the perineum is so vulnerable:
it is an area that has not received much sun exposure in most people, thus it would be lacking in the body’s normal response to sun exposure that protects it from future sunburn, such as producing pigment.
In short, your taint ain’t prepared for those rays of light.
Other experts cite the increased risk of sun cancer; dermatologist Nazanin Saedi also pointed out to Fox News that:
These areas, just like other areas of the body, do need sun protection and clothing tends to provide that.
The “bottom” line (once again, pun intended) about perineum sunning: JUST.SAY.NO.
There will always be assholes on social media, but hopefully not as many well-tanned ones in the near future.