The Etiquette of Oral Sex

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The Etiquette of Oral Sex
The ups, downs and in-betweens of oral sex.

There may be no intimate act portrayed more unfavorably in the media than oral sex. Every time it's in the news, people who shouldn't be doing it are doing it somewhere they shouldn't be doing it.

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky ruined cheap dresses and expensive cigars in the Oval Office. Chloe Sevigny serviced the ever-grimy Vincent Gallo— with no camera tricks—at the end of the atrocious 2003 film The Brown Bunny.

And, as a report released late last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed, half the teenagers in America are having oral sex, quite possibly in the rec room.

But even years of bad publicity can't explain why this particular act is often a source of dissatisfaction and anxiety for couples. Oral sex is arguably even more intimate than intercourse.

It can be intensely pleasurable for men and—because of direct clitoral stimulation that's all but impossible during intercourse—especially women.

Problems arise, however, because oral sex can tap into a wide range of insecurities, fears, and neuroses. Pleasuring someone is usually a solo performance, which can be nerve-racking.

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