Pleasure Principles: Understanding and Trying Different Sexual Positions
The number of sexual positions that are scientifically documented or categorized can vary greatly, depending on the source or criteria used. There are a multitude of books, articles, and resources that depict and explain a variety of sexual positions, but it’s important to note that the number of positions is not a guarantee for sexual satisfaction or success.
The best-known book on this subject is probably the Kamasutra, an ancient Indian text that describes a variety of sexual positions and practices. It contains illustrations and descriptions of dozens of positions, although it also covers a wide range of other topics related to love and sexuality.
There are also more modern books and resources that document hundreds of different sexual positions. For example, the book “The Joy of Sex” by Dr. Alex Comfort contains many different positions and techniques, as does “The Guide to Getting It On” by Paul Joannides.
In general, the number of “scientifically documented” positions depends on how one defines “scientific” and “position”. It is also important to note that sexuality is very individual, and what is enjoyable for one person may not necessarily be the same for another. It is always best to communicate openly and honestly with your partner about your preferences and boundaries, and to ensure that all sexual activities are consensual.
Expanding on what I mentioned earlier, the number of sexual positions is not as important as mutual respect, consent, communication, comfort, and pleasure between partners.
Let’s discuss some categories of positions and activities, but remember, this is not exhaustive:
- Missionary: This is a common position in which one partner lies on their back with legs apart, while the other partner lies on top.
- Doggy Style: In this position, one partner is on their hands and knees, while the other kneels behind.
- Cowgirl and Reverse Cowgirl: One partner lies on their back while the other straddles them, facing either towards or away.
- Spooning: Both partners lie on their sides, facing the same direction.
- Standing: Both partners stand, with one partner often leaning against a wall or bent over.
- Oral Sex Positions: These include positions such as 69 or one partner performing oral sex on the other while they are lying on their back.
- Mutual Masturbation: Partners stimulate themselves or each other with their hands.
- Sitting: One partner sits on a chair or edge of the bed, while the other straddles them.
Each of these categories can have many variations, and there may be other types of sexual activity not included in this list.
It’s important to remember that what works for one person may not work for another. Comfort, pleasure, and consent should always be the priority. Always be open and communicate with your partner about what you’re comfortable with and what you enjoy.
Finally, while there are many different sexual positions, safe sex should always be practiced to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies.