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Man on top sex positions
The missionary - the basic man on top position
we all know the man on top (or missionary) position. It's the one we learn to
have sex in, the one we enjoy most, the one we keep coming back to whatever
happens in our sex lives. With a new partner it may be fun to try new sex
but we eventually end up back in the man on top for most of the time we spend
having sex! It's comforting and comfortable, and there are some very good
reasons for its popularity. Legend would have it that a woman can just lie back
and think of her duty while he gets on with the job of satisfying his desires
and maybe giving her children. But the days of women being sexually subjugated
to their menfolk are hopefully long since past, so there must be better reasons
why this sex position remains the most popular of all.
shows the classic man on top sex position - if there is such a thing as a classic
man on top position, that is. After all, there are many variations of this sex
position which can add enjoyment for both partners. But most of us start our sex
lives as shown here - with the man on top and the woman underneath as he penetrates her and
supports himself on his arms and hands. It allows great body contact, it allows
the partners to kiss, it allows deep penetration and pelvic thrusting by the man
(things which most men simply love - it feels very emotionally and physically fulfilling
to have a sexual partner in this position), it is easy to gain access to her
vagina even if on occasion she has to help guide his penis in, and it is intimate, as the
partners can gaze into each other's eyes as he enters her.
While he will certainly enjoy the feeling of being able to
thrust powerfully, she too can move her pelvis and hips and add to the thrusting,
and she is likely to experience a feeling of safety and security while they make
love. All in all, then, there are plenty of reasons why this remains such a popular
sex position, but basically both men and women find it very satisfying.
some people who think the man on top sex position reinforces sexual stereotypes.
For example, the man becomes the dominant partner and leads during sex
(after all, he's "on top"), while the woman is the submissive
partner, and her physical position reflects this psychological
oppression. It could be, however, that the reason man on top sex
positions work for so many people is because these stereotypes,
at least in the act of sex, have some basis in reality.
that as it may, the man on top position is very enjoyable. It provides the
couple with ample opportunity to explore other parts of each other's bodies -
for example, the man can kiss his partner's breasts and neck. There are endless variations on the theme. The man can lie on his partner,
perhaps even resting all his weight on her if she likes him to do this...
he can lift himself off his partner as shown here. These variations
give him the opportunity to kiss her breasts, kiss her mouth or body, embrace
her tightly or loosely...
even lean back to watch the act of penetration.
|The sex position on the
right is much easier if a man has a long
penis than if
he has a small penis. For men with a more modestly sized penis, the man on top variations
in which the partners lie closely together are probably going to be more satisfying.
But no man needs to miss out on the pleasure of watching himself penetrate his partner,
for no matter what the size of his penis, he can enjoy a very clear view of himself
penetrating his partner in the side
by side sex position.
It's often easier to achieve good penetration if the woman puts
a pillow under her hips, though this may not always be needed.
You can experiment with these small adjustments to see if they
add pleasure to the act of making love for you and your partner.
Many women report that a great source of pleasure for them in
the man on top position is the fact that they can see their
man's face as he ejaculates. It seems to be a sight that women
find awesome: the magnificence of the male orgasm, and the
woman's ability to give a man such intense pleasure, seems to be
something that profoundly satisfies and delights women.
In this picture, the woman has
wrapped her legs around
the man's buttocks and back. This can be very sexy indeed for both partners - the woman
can draw him into her body, achieving deeper penetration and encouraging him to
thrust harder if she wants more forceful thrusting. He feels wanted and accepted
and the pressure on his buttocks is a sexy and exciting feeling for him. And if
a couple enjoy gazing into each other's eyes as they make love, there is
certainly no better way to do it than this.
sensations that the partners enjoy when making love in man on top
positions will depend to a large extent on how far back the woman
places her legs. The position shown here can be quite difficult to get into,
although it is extremely sexy if the couple are supple
enough to achieve it. If not, there are compromises such as the ones
shown in the next six images:
|In each case, the degree of pressure on the man's penis (and
hence the amount of physical pleasure he receives) will be directly related to
the tightness of the woman's vagina. Although this can change as she approaches
orgasm, in the earlier stages of sex this will depend on how close together she
has her legs. So it is possible for her to lie with her legs apart, or together,
and for the man to have his legs inside hers or outside hers, as the couple
chooses, and in doing so they will both experience different physical
sensations in the vagina and penis. Since there are no hard and fast
rules that can be laid down as to what will be most pleasurable for each
couple, the best way to discover what you like is to take the pictures
here as a general guide to the various possibilities and try them all
out until you find the ones that are most enjoyable for you. The
factors that determine the degree of sexual pleasure you will experience
are chiefly the position and size of the sensitive spots in the woman's
angle and shape of her vagina, and the
size and shape of the
|In the photo
here, the woman has her legs together, which can be a great way
for her to tighten her vagina if, for example, she has had a
child or she naturally has a loose vagina. More often, of
course, she will have her legs outside the man's, and she can
wrap her legs around his back or buttocks and pull him deeper
into her as he thrusts, tightening her vagina as she does so.
This will speed up his progress towards orgasm.
|One of the issues with man on
top sex is that men may reach orgasm quickly because of the deep penetration they can
achieve, the tightness of their partner's vagina, and the vigorous pelvic
thrusts they can make. This may lead a woman to think that she could gain greater
enjoyment - perhaps even reach orgasm - if only her man could maintain the
sexual rhythm for longer. But in reality, the problem for women who do not reach
orgasm during intercourse (which is about 80% of women, in fact) centers on the
fact that the clitoris gets relatively little stimulation during
man on top sex unless the partners adopt a position where one of
them can play with it. This is shown in the photo to the right.
interesting variation on the man on top position is the one shown here. As sex positions
go, this can be very thrilling, for it allows the man to indulge his fantasies about
being the forceful partner who "takes" the woman, and it allows the
woman to fantasize about being taken, perhaps against her will, perhaps by someone
she doesn't know - in complete safety. It can also be thrilling for a man to
feel he is "having his way", and for a woman to feel there is nothing she can do
to stop the man having her.
addition, of course, there is the added spice of the sight and feel of her bottom
for the man, and for the woman, there is the thrill of having his penis
rubbing on her G-spot as he thrusts.
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