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Fellatio, Cunnilingus, and Hand-Genital Contacts

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One measure of the important changes that have evolved in the ways in which human sexuality may be expressed is the change, since the 1950s, in attitudes toward such practices as fellatio and cunnilingus. Although some older people, and those who are more puritanical, conservative, or less educated, still view these forms of sexual expression as “perverted,” “dirty,” or abnormal, many Americans today consider them perfectly normal, good, and even quite pleasurable. However, compared to other forms of sexual behavior, fellatio or cunnilingus is not as widely accepted, even by college students (Croake and James, 1973, pp. 91–96). Since there is still no majority public acceptance of oral-genital contacts, a woman’s practice of these techniques and her emotional acceptance of them as valid tend to reveal a great deal about her sexual self.

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  1. “Hand-genital contact” is used here rather than masturbation of the male, since masturbation by definition involves self-stimulation. Any manipulation of the penis by the female will be referred to as hand-genital contact.

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  2. From Human Sexuality, by James Leslie McCary, p. 157. © 1967 by Litton Educational Publishing, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Van Nostrand Reinhold Company.

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  3. Women whose sex attitudes were rated seven and higher had very positive, accepting, and “pagan” attitudes toward sexuality. Subjects whose sex attitudes were rated five and below had less accepting and more negative and rejecting attitudes toward various forms of sexual behavior.

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  4. Maslow, A. H. 1942. Self-esteem (dominance-feeling) and sexuality in women. Journal of Social Psychology. 16:286. By permission of The Journal Press.

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DeMartino, M.F. (1974). Fellatio, Cunnilingus, and Hand-Genital Contacts. In: Sex and the Intelligent Women. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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