Muscle Milk

(Yes, much about sexual meanings of this expression, so there will be much about men’s bodies and bodily fluids and man-man sexual practices, so not advisable for children or the sexually modest.)

Muscle Milk. A creamy sports protein supplement, with an entirely descriptive N + N compound name: ‘milk-like substance [a creamy drink] for (building) muscle(s)’. But as something of an enthusiast of both male genitals and semen, I immediately saw a sexual reading, ‘milk-like substance [semen] from a (metaphorical) muscle [a penis]’. Salacious smiles ensued.

I doubt that a sexual reading occurred to the makers of Muscle Milk, but then they didn’t reckon with people like me. (And in their defense, I should say that though the sexual senses of muscle and milk are both attested, the combination muscle milk seems to have been used only in the name of their product and not to be attested in a sexual semse.)

As a bonus, most of their original flavors are crèmes.

Hat tip — for the chocolate flavor — to my buddy Terry Tenette, a professional cyclist, personal trainer, body builder, and amused observer of my tastes:

(#1) Original shake flavors: banana crème, chocolate, cookies ‘n crème, strawberries ‘n crème, vanilla crème

The ad copy:


MUSCLE MILK® Original Protein Shakes deliver a blend of high-quality proteins that provide sustained energy, fuel recovery and help build strength. These great tasting protein shakes can be used before or after your workout or anytime as a protein-rich snack.

And from its site, information about the company:

CytoSport, Inc. is among the most trusted and recognized sports nutrition and functional beverage companies in the United States. As the maker of MUSCLE MILK®, MONSTER MILK® and CYTOMAX® brands, we’re dedicated to providing premium protein products that elevate everyday performance for every body. … The company was founded in 1998 by the Pickett family, acquired by Hormel Foods Corporation in 2014, and is headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif.

The two words. The modifier ‘flesh’ word — meat, beef, pork, muscle — and the head ‘dairy liquid’ word — cream, milk — very briefly. Both metaphorical, the first turning on the similarity between an engorged penis and a piece of flesh / muscle; the second on the similarity between semen and dairy liquids.

Word 1. meat, beef, and pork are all fairly venerable metaphors for the penis, while muscle seems to be pretty recent; GDoS takes it to be an abbreviation of love muscle. The relevant subentry for muscle:

6 (US) (also muscle missile) the penis (abbr. love muscle …) [possible precursors from 1810 and 1830; clear cite from 1965: H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 206: He saw twelve boots, six sitting on commodes, trousers down, and six standing at the urinals, muscles out. ]

That’s A Chosen Few by Hari Rhode, described on the cover as:

The Battle Cry of America’s black Marines! A bruising novel of violence, anger, and passion

The next GDoS cite is from a gay lexicon.

Word 2. cream, milk. GDoS has the noun cream ‘semen’ from the 17th century on; and the intr. verb to cream ‘ejaculate’ from early in the 20th century. Also the noun milk ‘semen’ (colorfully in milk-pail ‘the vagina’, with GDoS cites from the 17th century on); and the trans. verb to milk (GDoS ‘to masturbate oneself or someone else, to cause to ejaculate’, with cites from the 17th century on).

(On this blog, from the 1/4/18 posting “A news bulletin for scrotums”, the items nut milk bag, evoking nut sac ‘scrotum’ and (nut) milk ‘semen’ and involving nut ‘testicle’.)

The song of semen. Gay men would be especially likely to see these sexual meanings, given their emotional attachments to penises and to semen. Hence the many phallicity postings on this blog; and a series of postings on semen and gay male practices involving it — these inventoried in a Page on cum.

Where you can find links especially to postings on cum facials, ejaculation into an open mouth or onto the face, giving the recipient a shot of muscle milk. Here’s a cumface shot not already posted on this blog, one with the recipient smiling in pleasure at the gift he’s getting:

(#2) Alejandro Dumas savoring muscle milk from Tim Tales (on

The appearance, taste, and food values of semen. A few somewhat random notes on things that people are often curious about when I break into a posting on cum.

Tim Tales’s cum in #2 is milky-white. In real life, and sometimes in gay porn, cum shots are lighter in color, or even plainly watery. (Gay porn is often engineered to have very thick and milky ejaculate. Yes, it’s shocking, just shocking, but the movies often fabricate fantasies.)

Apparently, sperm are entirely beside the point; they make up only a tiny portion of ejaculate — so the color and texture of a man’s ejaculate don’t change significantly after a vasectomy. The color comes from components in  the bulk of the ejaculate, and these vary in opacity in a number of ways (ejaculations get clearer when they are frequent; the opaque substances deteriorate over time fairly quickly; some men at some times produce more prostatic fluid, and that’s more watery; and so on).

Relevant notes from Wikipedia:

The function of the prostate is to secrete a fluid which contributes to the volume of the semen. This prostatic fluid is slightly alkaline, milky or white in appearance, and in humans usually constitutes roughly 30% of the volume of semen, the other 70% being spermatozoa and seminal vesicle fluid. The alkalinity of semen helps neutralize the acidity of the vaginal tract, prolonging the lifespan of sperm. (on the prostate)

The seminal vesicles secrete a significant proportion of the fluid that ultimately becomes semen. … The thick secretions from the seminal vesicles contain proteins, enzymes, fructose, mucus, vitamin C, flavins, phosphorylcholine and prostaglandins. (on the seminal vesicles)

It’s the prostatic fluid and the seminal vesicle fluid (especially the latter) that make semen notably salty and a bit sweet, and contribute small but significant amounts of protein, vitamin C, and zinc. Meanwhile, substances a man has ingested — food and drink (caffeine drinks, alcohol) and drugs (including nicotine in tobacco) — add noticeable flavors to semen, often making it somewhat bitter.

In any case, it is true that you can get a bit of protein from eating cum, though given that a single shot isn’t very big, you shouldn’t be thinking of treating cum as an alternative to, say, egg whites. But still, you can offer…

(#3) Protein Snack tee from Cafe Press (available in many colors; this is milky white)

3 Responses to “Muscle Milk”

  1. Robert Coren Says:

    However recent the currency of “muscle” as a metaphor for the penis may be, in E. M. Forster’s posthumously-published story The Other Boat (written in the late 1950s), the clause “a muscle thickened up out of gold” appears as a somewhat oblique (although unusually explicit for Forster) description of a burgeoning erection.

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      A lovely find.

      • Robert Coren Says:

        Which I probably wouldn’t have remembered, had the editor not called it out in his introduction as “the most explicit” usage in the collection (about half of which is made up of relatively late stories that Forster chose not to attempt tp publish because of their homosexual content).

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