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Is porn to blame for some men rarely reciprocating oral sex? / Vogue

Written by Slutever’s Karley Sciortino for Vogue.  Originally published July 2014.


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Why Are Straight Men So Bad at Oral Sex?

“I once dated a guy who refused to go down on me. “I just don’t like the way it tastes,” was his excuse. As if his dick tasted like an ice cream cone. I joke about it now, but at the time I didn’t find it very funny. My boyfriend’s aversion to oral sex made me newly insecure about that part of my body, and the few times I did convince him to go down on me, I was too in my own head to enjoy it, constantly worrying that he was grossed out or just doing it out of obligation. Friends I confided in at the time suggested I stop giving him blow jobs, to give him a taste of his own medicine. But since I enjoy giving pleasure, no BJs felt like double the punishment.

I realize that I’m being, shall we say, candid. But I find that it’s next to impossible to talk about sex without getting specific. And how else does one get what one wants out of sex than by talking about it? So I’ll go first: I don’t understand why so many men act like, by giving head, they’re doing you a favor. I half expect them to say “You’re welcome” afterward. I recently met a guy who, while flirting with me at a party, said, “Just so you know, I’m the kind of guy who cares about making a girl cum.” He then stared at me in anticipation, as if waiting for me to faint, or for celebratory balloons to fall from the ceiling. Not to mention that when you meet the rare guy who’s up for going down, he’s often remarkably bad at it. All that spitting and sucking and vagina slapping: What is going on there? To my knowledge, I don’t have an abnormally sensitive vagina, but if someone slaps it, or slurps at it like it’s a trough, any subsequent screaming will be out of pain, not pleasure. Oral sex isn’t rocket science, so why, if you’re a straight girl, is head so often either terrible or nonexistent?

It’s now widely discussed that, due to a lack of sex ed in school, young people are learning about sex from porn. Heterosexual porn scenes usually go something like this: Girl gets naked; girl shows off her body for a while; girl gives guy a blow job; girl and guy have intercourse; the end. Rarely in this scenario does the guy reciprocate oral sex. Well, porn imitates life imitates porn, as they say. Which means that, often, real-life sex doesn’t include head for the woman, either. Of course, there are exceptions. Some guys are very generous and adept in the oral department, and some porn does emphasize pleasure for the woman. But the fact is, almost all mainstream porn is made by men, for men, and it shows—the aim of the scenes is always to get the man off. As a result, in the real world, many girls and guys think that the aim of sex is to get the man off. And honestly, many of my hook-ups with men have felt driven by that singular goal. As someone who also sleeps with women, I feel I have a good counterpoint. My female partners have been unanimously more giving and considerate, and certainly more likely to give me head.

Cindy Gallop, the woman behind Make Love Not Porn, says she’s “pro-porn, pro-sex, and pro knowing the difference.” I completely agree with her. Don’t get me wrong: I love porn and watch it often—probably too often—but I also know that it’s artificial entertainment. Porn is great for many things, but learning how to genuinely please a woman is not one of them.”

Read the rest of Karley’s take on why (some) straight men suck at oral sex here! 

Read about Madam Curator’s personal experience with this phenomenon here!

6 Responses to “Is porn to blame for some men rarely reciprocating oral sex? / Vogue”

  1. Spud

    How about your opinion on men who likes the smell of it? Men who love giving oral? In my case I really like smelling its scent and kissing like its mouth lips. Smelling and kissing the bikini area, the perineum, and the ass.

  2. blue61

    The title is “some men” (meaning: some male persons), and this is probably true. But on the other side, there is a number of women who don’t like to be touched by a tongue on their erogenous zones, who outright forbid their partners to “do down on them”. Just my – probably irrelevant – thoughts about it. (by the way, i do love to lick, love the taste, and love athe fur and all 😉

    • madamcurator

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, blue61! You’re absolutely right that there are women who are not into receiving oral sex. As Karley says in her article, sometimes this can be due to an unpleasant experience a woman has had with a previous lover and the subsequent shame she might feel. On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that some women (or persons with vaginas) are just not that into it.

  3. charles howard

    guys that don’t go down are really dumb. there is nothing like a women’s scent before, during and after. i’m 83 and the thought keeps up.

  4. wannabesp

    I once heard this explanation: penises are external and can be washed much better. Although vaginas can be douched it is also continuously producing secretions. So men are less eager to put their mouth there as women produce bacterial infections even without their own knowledge.


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