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There has been a lot of anxiety over the past couple of decades about teens and oral sex. It was likely no coincidence, then, that those early blow job scandals surfaced just as oral sex was making front- news for another reason: the country was gripped by an obsession with a certain blue Gap frock and a cigar that was by no means just a cigar. Historically, both fellatio and cunnilingus were considered more intimate than intercourse, acts to be engaged in only after marriage, if at all.
Most men, whatever their age, said they had been both providers and recipients of oral sex. The rise in going down among straight couples, the authors wrote, was the biggest sexual change of the twentieth century. Byoral sex was so common as to be unremarkable: as one researcher quipped, the of Americans who thought Barack Obama was Muslim was larger than those who had never given or received oral sex.
But the notion that the practice was aging downward, that among teens it was becoming more common and less meaningful than intercourse, was most definitely a new phenomenon, one that caught not only parents but also researchers off-guard. There was very little hard data to back those early journalistic claims.
Oral sex practices of minors had been considered unfundable in academia; even if one could get the money, what parent would allow their child to be questioned on the subject? More generally, there was a presumption among conservative politicians that talking to teens about any form of sex, even in the name of research, was tantamount to handing them an instruction manual.
By the Clinton presidency was winding down, but the blow job panic had just begun. A new story in the New York Times declared that sixth-graders were now, basically, treating fellatio like a handshake with the mouth. According to one Long Island child psychologist, girls that age would tell him earnestly that they expected to wait until marriage for intercourse, yet had already given head fifty or sixty times.
That was not true: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in most states rates of intercourse among middle schoolers were dropping. In she invited onto her show a reporter for O Magazine who had interviewed fifty girls about their sexual practices. Children were having indiscriminate sex or indiscriminate not-sex everywhere! Under the table at bar Washington females wanting oral sex Behind the monkey bars during recess!
No one, least of all Oprah, seemed to question the actual logistics of any of this. Were thirteen-year-old boys really up to fifteen public blow jobs in the space of a few hours? So, no, children were not having orgies. By the end of ninth grade, nearly one in five children has engaged in oral sex; by age eighteen, Washington females wanting oral sex two thirds have, with white and more affluent teens indulging more than others.
Pinning that change on Bill Clinton or the sexual revolution or parental permissiveness, however, would be simplistic—and incorrect. Right-wing influence on sex education has played an equal, if not greater role. Federally mandated abstinence-only programs, which began in the early s, not only reinforced that intercourse was the line in the sand of chastity, but also, using the threat of AIDS as justification, hammered home the idea that it might well kill you.
Oral sex, then, was the obvious workaround. What did it mean to girls to give or receive oral sex?
Did they enjoy it? Tolerate it? Expect it? One evening, shortly after her graduation from a suburban Chicago high school, a young woman named Ruby allowed me to her and four of her friends for a chat. Leggings, T- shirts, and skirts tumbled out of half-open dresser drawers. The girls sprawled on the floor, across Washington females wanting oral sex bed, on a beanbag chair. When I asked about oral sex, a girl named Devon shook her head. Devon shrugged. A way to have gone farther without it being seen as any big deal. That, unfortunately, is not entirely true—though, again, because oral sex is ignored by parents and educators, there is a widespread belief among teens that it is risk free.
The result is that while their rates of intercourse and pregnancy have dropped over the past thirty years, their rates of sexually transmitted diseases have not. Teens and young adults for half of all new STD diagnoses annually and the majority among women. The new popularity of oral sex has been linked to their rising rates of Type 1 herpes and gonorrhea a disease that, about a decade ago, researchers thought was on the verge of eradication. The one reason they do it, according to a study of high schoolers, is to improve their relationships.
Nearly a quarter of girls said this, compared to about 5 percent of boys. For years, psychologists have warned that girls learn to suppress their own feelings in order to avoid conflict, to preserve the peace in friendships and romantic partnerships. Was performing fellatio another version of that? Boys, incidentally, far and away, said that the one reason they engaged in oral sex was for physical pleasure.
For both sexes, but particularly for girls, giving oral sex was also seen as a path to popularity.
Anna had grown up in a politically liberal family and attended progressive private schools through twelfth grade. She wore skinny jeans with laceup boots and had recently pierced the small flap of cartilage in front of her ear canal with a silver hoop; her long, wavy brown hair was swept to one side. In their research on high school girls and oral sex, April Burns, a professor of psychology at City University of New York, and her colleagues found that girls thought of fellatio kind of like homework: a chore to get done, a skill to master, one on which they expected to be evaluated, possibly publicly.
As with schoolwork, they worried about failing or performing poorly—earning the equivalent of low marks. Although they took satisfaction in a task well done, the pleasure they described was never physical, never located in their own bodies. The concern with pleasing, as opposed to pleasure, was pervasive among the girls I met, especially among high schoolers, who were just starting sexual experimentation. Rarely does anyone ask the girls themselves what they think, what they gain from or enjoy about their experiences.
Sam mentioned social status. Lily talked about pleasing a boyfriend. I am in control here! Performing oral sex could make girls feel like the more active partner in an encounter. By contrast, they described cunnilingus and intercourse as passive, like something that was being done to them, leaving them vulnerable. Those empowered feelings about fellatio, though, coexisted with their opposites: a lack of control, pressure to comply, the unspoken threat of danger.
Sam commented that while her male peers had been warned not to coerce girls into intercourse, pushing for oral was fair game. There would be disappointment. I want to be clear here. Sam was not a pushover, not a meek or mousey girl. She was an honor student, an editor on her school paper, a varsity tennis player. She identified as a feminist and casually bandied about terms such as slut shaminggender binaryand rape culture. She was applying to top-tier colleges. She was an astute observer of her world. She was also, most definitely, immersed in it.
Nearly all the girls I interviewed were bright, assertive, ambitious. If I had been interviewing them about their professional dreams or their attitudes toward leadership or their willingness to compete with boys in the classroom, I might have walked away inspired. Afterward, he never mentioned the incident again, so neither did she.
But in hookups, guys are typically really douchey about it. It gets awkward to keep resisting. Most young men do, of course, take no for an answer. Yet nearly every girl I spoke with had at least one experience with a boy who had tried, despite her clear refusal, to coerce or force her into oral sex: verbally, via repeated texts, or by physically planting his hands on her shoulders and pushing downward. They kissed for a while, and then he attempted the shoulder push. She said no, and he backed off, only to try again a few minutes later, Washington females wanting oral sex then once more shortly after that.
When she refused for the third time, he blew up. It was the middle of the night in February and her dorm was two miles away. She cried the whole way home. Another young woman, a freshman at a New England college, told me that she performed oral sex for the first time shortly after her sixteenth birthday. It was not by choice.
We were in the back of his car kissing. He just. I was high, and that was confusing. He was very aggressive. He kept trying for sex. And I was like no. So he sort of forced oral sex. He pushed my shoulders. I was mostly just shocked. Washington females wanting oral sex never liked the idea of oral sex again after that. Girls have long been made the gatekeepers of male desire, charged with containing it, diverting it, controlling it.
Providing reliable release from it had now become their responsibility as well.
Oral sex had become their compromise, a loophole, a strategy for carrying out that expectation with the minimum of physical, social, or emotional fuss. Girls rarely mentioned manually stimulating a boy. Listening to stories of obligatory, often coerced, usually one-sided oral sex, I began to wonder: What if, rather than blow jobs, guys were expecting girls to, say, fetch them lattes from Starbucks.
Would the girls be so compliant? Sam laughed when I asked her that. Would you be so willing? And would you mind that they never offered to bring you one in return? Sam laughed again. That was fine with some girls, even a relief; those like Anna, however, who enjoyed oral sex, were miffed. Normally the next thing would be the bra comes off.
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