Genital intercourse is here defined as involving sexual contact between the sex organs of two persons.
According to Freud and his followers, the goal of a person's sexual development is "genital maturity", and genital intercourse is therefore the one truly "mature" form of sexual expression. However, this claim is made only for heterosexual couples. Homosexuals are said to have deviated so far from the norm in any case that it makes little difference how they satisfy each other. Indeed, whether one accepts the psychoanalytic view or not, it seems absurd to restrict male or female homosexual couples to genital intercourse. After all, since two men or two women cannot procreate, contact between their sex organs cannot serve any ulterior biological purpose, and they may very well find much more pleasure in other forms of lovemaking. Still, homosexual men and women do sometimes engage in genital intercourse, and they can find complete sexual satisfaction this way. This is easily understandable because both the male and the female sex organs are highly sensitive to tactile stimulation. Obviously, for anatomical reasons, genital intercourse between partners of the same sex is somewhat different from that between a man and a woman. However, this difference is less pronounced than some people might be willing to admit at first glance.
Apposition of Sex Organs
Both male and female homosexual couples may embrace very closely and thus bring their sex organs into direct contact. Rhythmic pelvic movements can then provide very effective mutual stimulation.
Males who bring their penises together in this fashion often find it practical to use a lubricant in order to enhance their pleasure and to prevent the chafing and chapping of sensitive penile areas. Vaseline, KY, and simple saliva are the most popular of these lubricants. (Without some protective lubrication, the glans of the penis may soon begin to hurt as it rubs against the partner's pubic hair.) Many males also enjoy taking both penises into one hand and then masturbating to orgasm. This practice can, of course, also be described as manual intercourse.
For two females, the apposition of their sex organs may also be very satisfying, and may, in fact, allow both of them to reach orgasm. As pointed out earlier, even during heterosexual coitus the main areas of female sexual stimulation are the clitoris, the minor lips, and the entrance of the vagina. These same areas can be effectively stimulated by rubbing them against the body of another female. Still, there are some women who find a particular satisfaction in deep vaginal penetration. Such women may very well engage in homosexual intercourse, but they may also find its physical pleasures somewhat inferior to coitus.
It is possible for two females to simulate coitus if one of them straps an artificial penis to her body. Indeed, many males enjoy contemplating such female activity, and the necessary special artificial penises are available by mail order or in some "sex stores". However, in actual fact, only very few women ever make the attempt. If they do, it may be less a matter of pleasing themselves than of entertaining some male spectator. As already mentioned, when women begin sexual intercourse, they usually first like to be caressed in a rather general way. Then, once they have reached a certain level of excitement, they enjoy, above all, the uninterrupted stimulation of the external sex organs. (Also see "Sexual Self-stimulation" and "Heterosexual Intercourse.")