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Myths about anal sex: the Good, the Bad, and the Unlikely

The amount of tension surrounding the subject of anal sex is probably directly proportionate to the amount of tension in our collective butthole muscles. Lots of people think about their backdoor as a one-way street. Our culture has conditioned us from infancy not to play with our butts because they are dirty and should remain hidden and untouched. These attitudes toward anal sex are tied to outdated and moralistic beliefs that sex is meant only for procreation, which also implies that sex should not be enjoyed.

Even the proverbial slap on the butt is considered kinky, and this happens precisely because of the popular stubbornness of not paying any attention to what is behind us, as opposed to what is in front. We touch, caress, stimulate, care for our genital parts, but the anal construction is kept in the dark, "as it should be", labelers say.

In Anal Pleasure and Health, Jack Morin traces the religious roots of the anal sex taboo:

"In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the taboo against anal intercourse is seen as coming from God. In the Old Testament story, God completely destroys the city of Sodom, presumably as punishment for rampant sodomy among its people. Many scholars now believe that the punishment was for Sodom's violation of hospitality rules, and had little, if anything, to do with sex. The sodomy interpretation, however, is still one generally accepted. Among believers, condemnation of anal sex is not based on any discernible principle except the desire to avoid the wrath of God."

Today, it is more about misinformation. The fact is that anal sex is now occupying the place that was once taken by the practice of oral sex or even masturbation. People used to think bad things about those practices also, but now they are both morally and socially accepted. The same is bound to happen with heterosexual anal pleasuring also.

   

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