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5 responses to “In which each generation thinks it invented sex; and on chlamydia and prostitution”

  1. Laura

    I’m not sure I’d credit zero 1930 to 50% 1950 precisely, but a big difference post wwii? Sure.

    More generally, I’m interested in the implication that there is data for 80 years ago. I was under the impression that there wasn’t really.

  2. lauredhel

    I’m not familiar with any data that old, Laura, and couldn’t find any on a quick look. My folks were familiar with the concept of oral sex in the 1950s – though I haven’t asked them whether they got up to it or not – but my grandparents are all gone, so I’ve no one IRL to grill.

    Both fellatio and cunnilingus feature in visual pornography of the 1920s and 1930s, but that doesn’t address the question of what happened recreationally. I’m still not buying “zero”, though, no way, nohow, not without very convincing and replicated data. And I’m thinking that perhaps the professor involved didn’t think outside of the latter-day Anglosphere, either.

  3. Grendel

    I suspect the big difference is not in the number engaging in the activity as being willing to admit it.

    Grendels last blog post..PNG

  4. Renee

    Prior to WWII there was a lot of taboo surrounding oral sex in North America. When the soldiers returned from the war they had picked up some new tricks. Of course this translated into men wanting oral sex but not wanting to reciprocate. To this day for every ten times a woman sucks a dick she receives cunnilingus three times. It is interesting to note that they only real true sex taboo across cultures is what goes in the mouth and that is because of its social visibility.

    Renees last blog post..Miss Navajo: Reconceptualizing Native American Beauty.

  5. art

    i’m sure the zero percent must be wrong. its not like you wouldnt get around to doing it without anyone telling you, i’m sure people must have tries it. and if it was a taboo, surely even more would want to give it a go.

    art’s last blog post..Row With a View

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