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JO groups have been around a long time and did not, as is commonly believed, suddenly spring up after the AIDS crisis made safe sex a necessity.  Men have been gathering to jack-off together in groups, large and small, since long before written history began.  Today, we form clubs with this very basic and singular purpose in mind: to masturbate in the company of other men.

"Such clubs originated during the seventies, and were often an outgrowth of private parties organized by gay guys who were into masturbation. They invited others who shared this interest to orgies where no sucking or fucking took place, only kissing, caressing and jerking off.  The group expanded, was named the Jacks (i.e., 'those who jack off'), and attracted not only exhibitionists and men with large penises (especially members of the eight-inch club), but also those attracted to them. J.O. clubs soon became so crowded they had to move their biweekly parties to large loft spaces." (from The Joy of Gay Sex, Third Edition, 2002, by Silverstein and Picano)


 It was in the 1970s that JO groups became popular.  When gay "culture" (such as it is) was expanding in the decade after Stonewall, JO groups flourished as just one of many gay niche-cultures. It was in the 1980s that AIDS started to bring a new influx of men into JO clubs: men who were interested in group sex without the risk of disease.

 So there are two primary motivations for participating in JO groups: a specific desire to masturbate with other men, and the desire to play safe.

The first large, organized JO groups in the US showed up in the big cities, along with all the other gay cultural phenomena of the seventies. New York and San Francisco are home to two venerable Jacks clubs, The New York Jacks (established in 1980) and the San Francisco Jacks (1983) set the model that has been copied and propagated throughout the world ever since.


Those two groups had several common rules, predominantly defined by the Jacker's Prime Directive: "no lips below the hips" and the broader "nothing goes inside anything" rule.  JO is the defining act for any jack off group, primarily expressed in the words, 

"...Jerking off is the reason for the club's being.  The New York Jacks is a meeting of men who wish their primary sexual outlet to be J.O. in the company of other like-minded men...  " There was also a discouragement of those who are just curious. "One of the hottest aspects of our club is the mutuality of interest that prevails. Proud as we may be of our club, it is incumbent on us all to discourage visitors whose interest arises merely out of curiosity... If a member or guest cannot be fully satisfied by J.O. alone, the New York Jacks is not the club for him."

The original groups seem to have only wanted hard-core JO fetishists. ClubJack Denver agrees with this basic philosophy but is a bit more open and welcoming.


 

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