Enjoyment, Sex

Study: Girls Like Giving (and Getting) Oral Sex

1 Comment 19 August 2010

By Colleen Oakley

High school boys, rejoice!

Perhaps it was Clinton’s infamous sex-ed lesson that oral sex isn’t technically sex, but whatever the reason, a new study says oral sex is occurring a lot more often.

University of Alberta researcher Brea Malacad studied 181 women ages 18 to 25 about their past and current heterosexual experiences, attitudes and opinions and found that 50 percent viewed oral sex as a less intimate activity than intercourse and over 30 percent felt powerful when performing fellatio.

“Both intercourse and oral sex were associated with mostly positive emotions overall, which suggests that most young women are engaging in these activities because they enjoy them,” said Malacad.

She became interested in this research due to media reports sensationalizing oral-sexual behavior in teens. “Reports from the last 10 years or so have argued that young people have come to regard oral sex as ‘no big deal’ or inconsequential—nothing more serious than a goodnight kiss,” she says. “I’m not drawing that conclusion, but I think this [study] tells us that a good chunk of young people have a more laid-back attitude about oral sex [than previous generations], because historically, oral sex was regarded as an extremely intimate or even taboo behavior.”

But don’t worry—the girls aren’t the only ones doing the giving. “Based on the responses from my participants, cunnilingus is as common as fellatio,” says Macalad. “Also, young women—perhaps not surprisingly—enjoy receiving oral sex more than performing it, although the reported emotions connected with fellatio were still positive overall.”

You heard the lady: Giving—and receiving—is good.


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