Bum fun, biting the pillow, punching the starfish, whatever you choose to call it, anal sex is no longer the taboo subject it once was and lots of people engage in this extracurricular bedroom activity - and enjoy it! But if you're new to backdoor fun and don't know where to start it can be a little daunting. Is it safe, what are the risk factors and how do you do it without getting hurt? GP Dr Roger Henderson looks at the potential risks and explains how to enjoy safe anal sex:. Anal sex means sexual activity involving the anus — in particular, the type of intercourse in which the penis goes into the anus. It is also sometimes referred to as rectal sex. Anal sex is known to carry some potential health risks, so it is worth reading up on it before you experiment. On the other hand, many people of all types of sexual orientation do regard having anal sex as both intimate and highly pleasurable. It is believed that up to 90 per cent of gay men and 10 per cent of sexually active women engage in it, and according to one estimate, about a third of heterosexual couples have tried it from time to time. This is partly due to the fact that the anal area is equipped with many sensitive nerve endings in both men and women and can provide intense feelings of pleasure as a result.
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The history of erotic depictions includes paintings , sculpture , photographs , dramatic arts , music and writings that show scenes of a sexual nature throughout time. They have been created by nearly every civilization, ancient and modern. Early cultures often associated the sexual act with supernatural forces and thus their religion is intertwined with such depictions. In Asian countries such as India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan and China, representations of sex and erotic art have specific spiritual meanings within native religions. The ancient Greeks and Romans produced much art and decoration of an erotic nature, much of it integrated with their religious beliefs and cultural practices. In more recent times, as communication technologies evolved, each new technique, such as printing , photography , motion pictures and computers , has been adapted to display and disseminate these depictions.
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T he last time I saw Gail Dines speak, at a conference in Boston, she moved the audience to tears with her description of the problems caused by pornography, and provoked laughter with her sharp observations about pornographers themselves. Activists in the audience were newly inspired, and men at the event — many of whom had never viewed pornography as a problem before — queued up afterwards to pledge their support. The scene highlighted Dines's explosive charisma and the fact that, since the death of Andrea Dworkin, she has risen to that most difficult and interesting of public roles: the world's leading anti-pornography campaigner. She wrote it primarily to educate people about what pornography today is really like, she says, and to banish any notion of it as benign titillation.
Flicking through anthropological texts yields a pathetic number of references to heterosexual anal sex. Is this because researchers assume that it's only for homosexual guys? Those researchers are missing a trick. Our resident sex anthropologist Florence Walker investigates. The Ancient Greeks weren't the only peoples to have had a mania for portraying sex acts in clay. Archaeologists have unearthed 10, pots. The vessels baffled scholars who tried to tackle their subject matter. Here's why: there's so much anal sex.