Advice from three of EMandLO.com's guy friends. This week they answer the following: "For guys who like to give oral sex, what's the appeal? What differentiates them from the guys who seem to hate giving it?" To ask the guys your own question, click here.
Gay Single Guy (Angelo Nikolopoulos): From all the straight men that I've queried over this eternal question, what seems to separate the men who like to give oral sex from those who dread it depends on one mitigating factor: good hygiene. In this regard, straight men are simple creatures really: if it looks edible and smells reasonably fresh, they'll eat it. A straight friend once admitted to eating his own spunk, not out of pleasure or lack of a nearby gym sock, but out of common courtesy to his partner - a self-taste check, if you will. It's pretty fair, I guess, to sample the goods before serving. Or better yet, a moral exemplar: a do-as-I-do strategy. So go ahead, brave pilgrim, and give it a whirl. The proof, after all, is in the pudding.
Straight Single Guy (L.A. Chris): It's probably the same with girls and ----- s - some of us love it and some of us don't. For those of us who do, it's a hunger to tantalize you and experience everything about you. We want to taste you and connect deeply and drive you absolutely wild, because you've gotten under our skin and we're zealous to show it. I think it also has to do with the type of guy you are. Those of us who are passionate and compassionate will want to consume you, whereas someone who's selfish and apathetic just won't give a damn. Personally I couldn't have a serious relationship without giving oral sex. It's a chance to get to know you without distraction, and in a way, it's even more intimate than intercourse.
Straight Married Guy (Figleaf): I'm going to go out on a limb and say guys who find it appealing enjoy it for the same reasons women who enjoy it like eating their partners. It involves all our senses - sight, sound, hearing, taste, touch, and scent. It's sensual and pleasurable the same way kissing a partner's lips and face is. We like it because we're right there so it's easy to tell the effect we're having. And because we know it can feel really, really nice for our partner. Also it's a skill and because you can always learn something new about doing it. And it's just cool to feel present and in control while your partner's dissolving into inarticulate quivers. In other words, as I said, it's for the same reasons many women say they like going down on their partners.
For guys who hate it? Again I'm guessing it's not that different for women who don't like giving either. You feel obliged. Your partner won't do it to you unless you do it to them. You heard somewhere you're supposed to. You don't like the taste, or the smell, or the feeling of someone's private parts pushing into your face. You have bad associations with it. You think it's undignified or unbecoming or inappropriate or exploitive. You think it's a necessary step on the way to "the real thing" so you want to get it over with as quickly as possible. You think if either you or maybe they "were any good" you'd both be satisfied with "real" sex, i.e. intercourse. In other words, much like the same reason some women don't want to go down on their partners.
Just as it's nice to enjoy receiving or giving, it's also okay not to. Not everyone likes to go down, and not everyone likes to be gone down on. Just don't pretend.
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- Our "wise guys" are a rotating group of contributors, some of whom wish to remain anonymous and some of whom like the attention. This week's Gay Guy is Angelo Nikolopoulos, host of an NYC queer reading series The White Swallow, and our Straight Married Guy is Figleaf, the guy behindRealAdultSex.com. To ask the guys your own question, click here.
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