Lesbian sexual practices
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Lesbian sexual practices are sexual activities where the participants are women. The participants can be lesbian or bisexual women, though some prefer to refer to themselves as women who have sex with women and dispensing with sexual identification. As with most interpersonal relationships, any physical expression of intimacy between women depends on the context of the relationship along with social, cultural and other influences.
Because of female physiology, lesbian sexual activities are of a non-penetrative nature. These can include fingering, mutual masturbation, oral sex, stimulation of nipples or other erogenous zone or tribadism, and the sex positions available are also limited. To engage in penetrative sex for internal stimulation a strap-on dildo, dildo or other artificial device can be used. For variety, sex toys are sometimes used and BDSM activities may be enjoyed.
Sex educator and feminist Shere Hite's research (while subject to methodological limitations) showed "sex as we define it is a cultural institution, not a biological one," that most women need clitoral or exterior stimulation for orgasm which can be "easy and strong, given the right stimulation" and most women reach orgasm more easily by masturbation. Hite noted one of her female research subjects had written, "Sex with a woman includes: touching, kissing, smiling, looking serious, embracing, talking, digital intercourse, caressing, looking, cunnilingus, undressing, remembering later, making sounds, sometimes gently biting, sometimes crying, and breathing and sighing together." Other notable forms of intimate expression between lesbians can include gestures such as tribadism (scissoring), use of a dildo and more rarely, anilingus.
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