Date: October 22, 2012
01) Anal sex: Science’s last taboo
“As of the 1990s, only about one-quarter to one-third of young women and men in the U.S. had tried anal sex at least once. Less than 20 years later […] as many as 40-45 percent of women and men in some age groups had tried anal sex.”
“They surveyed more than 2,000 women ages 18 to 30 about their experiences with anal sex.”
“Only about one-quarter of women said their first experience with anal sex was pleasant.”
“…nearly two-thirds tried anal sex again…”
“Certainly enough people have been having anal sex over enough generations that if anything were seriously dangerous about anal sex, we would know it by now.”
“[W]e also don’t know much about the long-term effects of anal intercourse…[…]…because no one has studied these kinds of things.”
“…more women in the U.S. have received anal sex than the number of men who have received anal sex…”
This is an interesting article, about a University of Zagreb study…in which the topic was women’s experience with anal sex…
I’m not going to attempt analyzing anything…but, I thought this was interesting enough to mention…and that some others might find it interesting…You should read the whole article, as I’ve only quoted a handful of points…which I think are over all relevant…
I do think this article underscores something rather substantial, however…that being, the prevalence of anal sex in heterosexual behavior. Anal sex is stereotypically associated with homosexuals, despite the fact that many of us have never had anal sex…And in all reality, heterosexuals account for a large percentage of the anal sex which is going on.
Heterosexuality does not get stereotypically associated with anal sex…even though it is a substantial contributor to the practice…I tend to wonder, why it does not get it’s accurate representation.
…Are too many heterosexuals embarrassed about this?
Probably one of the more interesting revelations I have encountered, is this very phenomena…Anal sex is looked down upon by so many heterosexuals…yet, so many of them are doing it, too…and it’s not being acknowledged.
Anal sex is every bit as much heterosexual, as it is homosexual…or bisexual…and “nobody” is recognizing this point…I think, there are a lot of closet cases, out there in the hetero world.
It’s interesting to note, this parallel with studies on pedophilia…where we also don’t know much or have concrete statistics, because nobody is studying it in any meaningful way…
…Do we have a problem with confronting issues, because of a deeper social problem relating to taboo and personal embarrassment?
Shouldn’t these things be studied?…and if not, then why should they not be studied?
Another point I find interesting…is that nearly 25% of the women reported their first time trying anal sex, as being pleasant…and that is something which seems counter intuitive…
As a homosexual male, myself…I readily admit there can be very serious pain associated with anal penetration [I’ve had prostate exams, during doctors visits]…I am not at all, a fan of being anally penetrated…and my younger years aside [where I might have tried it with an age peer], I have not been prone towards the activity…I find it unthinkable, to push this upon another…You think it’s going to be painful, and may even injure them…
…Then you have these cases…first timers, saying it was good…and it was a lot of the first timers…not just people who’ve become accustomed to it.
Honestly…I don’t really know what to do with that information…and I don’t believe it would translates evenly, to cases where young people [teens and children] are anally penetrated by adults.
I actually take a very strong stance, against adults penetrating children in sexual ways…even though I am aware, some homosexuals have accounted that [as boys] they craved having sex with adult men, in that way.
Anyway…I have to take strong issue with the title of that article…
…Anal sex is certainly not the last taboo of science…There are a number of issues, which are every bit as much taboo, if not worse…pedophilia comes immediately to mind…
I just wish, people would stop taking singular issues, placing them on a pedestal…and trying to suggest, that “this” is the last frontier being held back by taboo and stigma.
This author probably didn’t mean anything deep or literal, within that choice of wording…but still, given all the groups/issues which are marginalized by taboo and stigma…it’s kind of insulting [or dismissive, at any rate], when people do that…
…It’s much like when minorities announce themselves as, “the last legitimate group to liberate”.