Only Bitches blow when playing beerpong

Beer Pong rules vary from region to region, and house to house. House or Group Rules need to be established, and generally obedience to the rules of the host is second nature. But of all the rules of Beer Pong, there is one widely-observed practice that generates complaint and controversy. And that is the “Only Bitches Blow” rule.

Sometimes in a game of Beer Pong, a shot will enter one of the defendants’ cups, but instead of landing in the beer with a satisfying splash sound, it will arc around the interior before it settles, or tosses itself out of the cup. In these situations, the “Only Bitches Blow” rule permits a female player from the defending team to blow into the cup, hopefully propelling the ball out. As the name implies, a male player on the defending team is strictly forbidden from doing this. It is this rule that can be the cause of arguments and accusations.

The tongue-in-cheek sexual nature of the comment obviously can be seen as offensive, but, as expected, defenders of this practice usually brush off the offense as overreacting to a harmless joke. But not everyone is laughing. Many men, too, frown on the rule. After all, there is nothing in the Beer Pong skill-set that is skewed towards men being better at the game. Nobody (hopefully) is getting tackled; brute force will not lead to victory. The only disadvantage many girls may have is not being able to keep up with the alcohol consumption that many games require. Men tend to be larger than women, and science confirms that in most cases, can tolerate more alcohol more quickly. Most houses that I have played in, including my own, allow men teammates to down the beers that usually would go to their female better halves if asked. At least the beer is still being drunk.

The World Series of Beer Pong, coming next Jan 1-5th, 2001 in Las Vegas does not permit “Bitches” or anyone, to blow. Beer Pong Asia also has not established that rule. Completely outside of the (sexist?) controversy is the potentially negative effect this rule has on the game. Blowing a floating pong ball out of a 16 once cup is not particularly difficult, especially if it is resting on a generous portion. If the offense, across the table, can’t clearly see what the ball is doing inside the cup who is to say that is didn’t already land just before it was blown away? Merely taking the Defending Team’s word won’t cut it in all situations, let alone the Word Series. Anyone out there have your own story about this rule? A strong opinion? Let’s hear it!

3 Responses to “Only Bitches Blow?”

  1. Sean says:

    I’m calling bull shit on there not being any rules that benefit men. Any game that involves throwing favors men, well, unless you’re a Red Sox fan and are thinking of Johnny (looks like Jesus, acts like Judas, throws like Mary) Damon.

  2. anonymous says:

    1) if you require that the balls be dry… then you simply check the ball after it is blown out. not foolproof but that’s the general idea assuming you trust the people you’re playing with.

    2) i always hear about the related rule: guys finger. outside of beer pong, yes, girls are less likely to finger than guys… but really, my impression has been that girls appreciate a guy thats willing/wants to blow. back to beer pong, why would blowing within the game be limited to girls? i’ve never understood this and keeping guys from blowing has always seemed to me like a disrespect to female sexuality by denying them that pleasure (albeit within the game of beer pong).

  3. admin says:

    Hmmm – we don’t use either in our games right now but that’s defiantly some food for thought. Was always under the impression the act was considered sucking when performed on a girl – o wait we’re supposed to be talking about beer pong aren’t we :-D

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