Anilingus

Seen as one of the most controversial yet erotic sexual acts in history, the act of anilingus is the oral and anal practice of one partner stimulating the anus of their partner, by using various tools including their teeth, tongue lips, and sometimes external tools or toys. The act is practiced by people of various sexual orientations and is ultimately used mostly for pleasure but in some cases for erotic humiliation. Due to its highly controversial positions, subject matter, and taboo-like reputation in the global society and culture, the practice is very seldom glamorized or discussed between individuals, except of course those who wish to communally engage in anilingus.

History

Anilingus does not have a known root origin; however it is believed that the sexual act was popularized in the 1990s when morals across the global culture become much more loose and lenient in terms of sexual conduct. It was mentioned and believed to be originally coined by Richard Krafft-Ebing, a sexologist, in 1886 within his work “Psychopathia Sexualis.” Once the practice of anilingus become more documented and discovered by different cultures, experimentation in certain regions of the world began to take place.

Terminology

After its original coining, the term Anilingus became very unpopular among cultures due to its lingual complexity and eventually gained alias names. Common terms with the same meaning include “anal-oral sex,” a “rim-job,” “rimming,” and “anal-oralling.” Despite gaining these new terms, the sexual act in and of itself is considered a dirty word in the global culture and is typically avoided to this day within conversations. This is mostly due to the fact that there is a potential for human feces among other bodily fluids to transfer from the passive partner to the active.

Rationale

While the act of anilingus is typically seen as not pleasurable whatsoever for the “giver,” it is typically performed purely for the pleasure of the partner on the receiving end. The reason for these high amounts of pleasure rests in the fact that the anal cavity is teeming with nerve endings that are very easily stimulated and is considered erogenous. In addition, for this reason, many couples will use anilingus as a method of foreplay in order to tease the other partner of the penetration to follow, since the sensation is very similar and almost as pleasurable as full blown intercourse. Because conventional penetration is not an option for woman on woman sex, annilingus also acts as a prominent lesbian sex act. In very rare cases, typically isolated by location including prions, anilingus is used as a disciplining tool to humiliate and punish those who fail to respect those who have power and authority over. While research is not out to fully pinpoint the effects of this phenomenon, it is speculated by many that these occurrences are a key player in the death and disease toll among prison inmates.

Methodology

Anilingus can approached from many different angles, including various positions, as well as different methods of stimulation. That being said, the number of positions that offer a natural and comfortable stance for both the active and passive partner is rather limited. In terms of position, by far the most common is the doggy style position in which the active partner (male figure) performs the stimulation from behind the passive partner (female figure) who is on all fours with his or her anus propped up in the air. Another way of performing anilingus is in the rusty trombone position, in which the active figure gives anilingus and genital masturbation simultaneously while kneeling to a standing passive member. The “69” position is used occasionally to perform two different methods of anilingus, one that has the passive member on top with their head facing the opposite direction of the active member’s, or with the passive partner sitting down upon the lying down active partner’s face. Of course the latter is much harder and seen as less difficult for the passive partner because it requires the flexing of the legs and a certain level of balance in order to sustain the position for extended periods of time. According to regular users of the practice of anilingus, there are countless other ways to perform however trial and error has shown that the number of positions that are actually successful is very limited. Nevertheless, regardless of the method used, couples are often encouraged to experiment with different positions to determine which is the most possible and more importantly pleasurable for them.

Health & Safety

One of the primary reasons why annilingus is considered taboo in many cultures is that there are genuine concerns regarding the health and safety surrounding the sexual act itself. Of course the anus is the exit of many bodily fluids depending on the gender, one of which being stool (feces). Feces can contain hundreds of different types of infectious bacterial and viral diseases including hepatitis, HPV, and parasites. They can also contain hosts of sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV/AIDS (although not typical). Most interestingly of these health concerns is the recent research that has been linking oral sex with the breath and speech inhibiting disease of throat cancer, as much as doubling the chances of contraction.

Many of these negative aspects of the sexual act of Annilingus can ultimately be prevented quite easily with simple precautionary steps. One of these is good hygiene. It is imperative that if anilingus is to be performed, that the anus be thoroughly washed and sanitized prior to sexual activity to prevent the spread of any infection. Further steps can be taken to reduce the amount of direct contact by utilizing tools such as dental dams, which cover a triangular portion of the skin, enemas which are fluids that clear the rectal cavity out and effectively plug the anus, among others. Another key risk for couples practicing anilingus is running the risk of bacterial infection via open sores, cuts, and wounds. Of course, good dental hygiene prior to sexual activity is crucial.

Additional Sources

https://books.google.com/books?id=lO5BND02eBwC&pg=PA329&dq=&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false

https://www.uhs.uga.edu/sexualhealth/oral_sex.html#safe

http://lgbt.foundation/get-support/for-men/think-you-have-an-sti-/Lymphogranuloma-Venereum

http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1414.html