cunnilingus

or eating out

[kuhn-l-ing-guh s]

What does cunnilingus mean?

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Cunnilingus is the oral stimulation of female genitalia. While many women highly enjoy it as a form of oral sex, it has a popular reputation for being difficult to accomplish (say many men) or performed lousily (say many more women).

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Examples of cunnilingus

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Examples of cunnilingus
Known as oropharyngeal cancer, this type of HPV-associated cancer is most common in men in their 50s and 60s, and using a dental dam while performing cunnilingus can significantly reduce the risk of HPV transmission.
Isadora Baum, Men's Health, August, 2018
Honestly—and with apologies to Mrs. Khaled—we couldn’t really give a shit about what this guy does or does not do sexually. But it was fascinating to watch the internet collectively react to his idiocy, forming an unlikely but powerful coalition in favor of the simple art of cunnilingus.
William Hughes, The A.V. Club, May, 2018
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Where does cunnilingus come from?

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Cunnilingus comes (😉 – winking face emoji) from the classical Latin cunnus, “vulva” or “female genitals,” and lingere, “to lick.”

Although it is ancient practice and depicted in historic erotica, the term is first found in English in the 17th century, originally referring to a person who performs the act. By the mid-1800s, cunnilingus was naming the oral sex itself.

Many a teenager is wowed to learn cunnilingus is a more formal name for performing oral sex on a woman, as the act goes by many slang names. These include more common ones, such as eating a woman out and going down on a woman, and more colorful takes, such as carpet-munching, muff-diving, lip service, tipping the velvet, or taking a mustache ride. Like male oral sex, cunnilingus may also be called giving head. Anilingus is the rectal counterpart … just saying.

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Cunnilingus is both enjoyed by heterosexual and lesbian couples. But because of the nature of the act, some men boast about their effort or selflessness in performing cunnilingus. Popular culture also portrays men as clueless about how to stimulate female genitalia, especially when it comes to locating the clitoris, resulting in depictions where men need special skills to pleasure a women through the sex act.

A 1995 episode of Seinfeld, for example, features characters discussing “the move,” a fancy, acrobatic-seeming method of performing effective cunnilingus, though the term isn’t explicitly mentioned by name.

Cunnilingus heavily features the tongue and lips, but it can also involve fingers. It may be performed with something of a different texture in the mouth, like a piece of ice or candy, and performed reciprocally, as in the sex act of a 69.

Who uses cunnilingus?

Cunnilingus is enjoyed by a great many women, and a man who is willing or eager to perform it is often praised because of it. Way to set a high bar, patriarchy.

Various tips and tricks to perform cunnilingus are often shared among friends, although they may not be as effective or accurate as one would like.

Because cunnilingus is so popular, unwillingness to perform it may be a sexual dealbreaker at the beginning of a relationship.

As noted, while discussion of cunnilingus isn’t for polite company, the term itself is considered less vulgar than eating (a woman) out or, say, having a box lunch.

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