Oral intercourse is here defined as involving sexual contact between the sex organs of one person and the mouth of another.
The sex organs and the rnouth are the two most easily stimulated erogenous zones of the body, and it is therefore only natural that they should sometimes be brought into direct contact. Indeed, such behavior is quite common in nearly all mammals, and, from a biological standpoint, there is no reason why human beings as the most highly developed and most sensitive mammals should be an exception. However, in some human societies and historical periods oral intercourse was considered sinful, criminal, or sick, and people who engaged in it were severely punished. As a matter of fact, in many states of the United States today oral intercourse is still defined as a "crime against nature" which may carry a penalty of many years in prison- (For a discussion of American sex laws, see "Conformity and DevianceŚLegal-Illegal.")
Still, in spite of its traditional religious, legal, and psychiatric condemnation in our culture, oral intercourse is widely practiced by both heterosexual and homosexual couples. The techniques employed are, of course, also the same in both cases,
The term "fellatio" (from Latin fellare: to suck) is used to describe the licking or sucking of the male sex organs.
Obviously, when two males have sexual intercourse, they may very well fellate each other. In some cases, a man may prefer having his own penis sucked to sucking that of his partner. In other cases, the preference is reversed. Most men who engage in homosexual oral intercourse, however, have no clear preference either way, but simply change their approach according to the circumstances. Naturally, two men can also engage in simultaneous mutual oral intercourse. (See "69" below.) Men may engage in fellatio as a means of stimulation before they proceed to other forms of sexual intercourse, or they may enjoy it for its own sake and continue it through orgasm. Indeed, not only women, but also many men learn to love the taste of warm semen in their mouths. (Semen is a clean, harmless substance which can be swallowed without any ill effects. The only exception is the contaminated semen of a man who is suffering from a venereal disease, and there have been cases of a hepatitis virus being transmitted through semen.)
In the past, certain people tried to distinguish between "active" and "passive" partners in fellatio. According to this curious distinction, the "active" fellator was playing a female role, while the "passive" man who was being fellated remained true to his role as a male. This line of reasoning (which, by the way, completely reversed the usual stereotype of the active male and passive female) then led to the bizarre claim that only the "active" partner was a true homosexual, while the "passive" partner somehow preserved his heterosexuality. (In another version of the same argument, a receptor [i.e., in this case the man receiving the penis in his mouth] is, by definition, always playing a female role, while the role of an inserter [i.e., the man inserting his penis] is always male. Without any further explanation, the "female role" is then again defined as homosexual, the "male role" as heterosexual.)
Not surprisingly, many guilt-ridden ambisexual men and male prostitutes used this kind of contorted logic to rationalize their homosexual behavior. They always insisted on the "passive" role, avoided any bodily movement of their own, and tried to appear as cold and aloof as possible. They then claimed that they were not really doing anything "queer". Of course, they fooled nobody but themselves. The fact of the matter is that activity and passivity have nothing to do with either biological sex or sexual orientation. Moreover, anybody who can be brought to orgasm by a man is sexually fully responsive to him, and no amount of sophistry can explain this simple fact away.
The term "cunnilingus" (from Latin cunnus: vulva and linguere: to lick) is used to describe the licking and sucking of the female sex organs.
Many women enjoy having their sex organs licked, and, if they have sexual intercourse with another woman, they may very well like to return the favor. Naturally, women can also engage in simultaneous mutual oral intercourse. (See "69" below.)
Women may try cunnilingus just as a means of stimulation before they proceed to other forms of sexual intercourse, or they may practice it for its own sake and continue it through orgasm. Since a woman knows from experience what gives her the greatest pleasure, she usually has little difficulty providing the most effective oral stimulation for her female partner. Thus, cunnilingus between two females can be completely satisfying to both of them.
The slang term "sixty-nine" (or French soixante-neuf) is used to describe a form of oral intercourse in which the sexual partners simultaneously lick each other's sex organs. In doing so, the position of their bodies In relation to each other is similar to that of the inverted numerals in the number 69. Obviously, both male and female homosexual couples can engage in this practice, and it can be equally satisfying to men and women. Simultaneous mutual oral intercourse can be used just as a means of stimulation, but it can also be continued through orgasm, particularly if the partners take their time and assume a comfortable position lying on their sides.