This article is about human sex positions. For sex positions used by other animals, Types of activity.
Not to be confused with Sexposition.
Sex positions are positions that people may adopt during or for the purpose of sexual intercourse or other sexual activities. Sexual acts are generally described by the positions the participants adopt in order to perform those acts. Though sexual intercourse generally involves the penetration of the body of one person by another, or direct stimulation of the sex organ of one by another, a sex position may not necessarily involve penetration or direct stimulation, and may be non-penetrative.
Three categories of intercourse are commonly practiced: vaginal intercourse, involving vaginal penetration; anal penetration; and oral sex, involving mouth-on-genital stimulation. These acts are not mutually exclusive. Sex acts may also involve other forms of genital stimulation, such as solo or mutual masturbation, which may involve rubbing or penetration by the use of fingers or hands or by a device (sex toy) such as a dildo or vibrator. There are numerous sex positions that participants may adopt in any of these types of sexual intercourse or acts, creating an almost limitless number of sex positions.
EXCLUSIVELY PENETRATING POSITIONS
These positions involve the insertion of a phallic object(s) (such as a penis, strap-on dildo, plug, or other nonporous object(s)) into a vagina, anus or mouth.
Missionary, the most commonly used sex position
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Modern depiction of a couple engaged in a rear-penetration position commonly referred to as doggy-style
Penetrating partner on top with front entry
The most used sex position is the missionary position. In this position, the participants face each other. The receiving partner lies on their back with legs apart, while the penetrating partner lies on top. This position and the following variations may be used for vaginal or anal intercourse.
Basic position involves ventral-ventral contact.
The penetrating partner stands in front of the receiving partner, whose legs dangle over the edge of a bed or some other platform like a table. With the receiving partner’s legs lifted towards the ceiling and resting against the penetrating partner, this is sometimes called the butterfly position. This can also be done as a kneeling position.
The receiving partner lies on their back. The penetrating partner stands and lifts the receiving partner’s pelvis for penetration. A variant is for the receiving partner to rest their legs on the penetrating partner’s shoulders.
The receiving partner lies on their back, legs pulled up straight and knees near to the head. The penetrating partner holds the receiving partner’s legs and penetrates from above.
Similarly to the previous position, but the receiving partner’s legs need not be straight and the penetrating partner wraps their arms around the receiving partner to push the legs as close as possible to the chest. Called the stopperage in Burton’s translation of The Perfumed Garden.
The coital alignment technique, a position where a woman is vaginally penetrated by a man, and the penetrating partner moves upward along the woman’s body until the penis is pointing down, the dorsal side of the penis now rubbing against the clitoris.
The receiving partner crosses their feet behind their head (or at least puts their feet next to their ears), while lying on their back. The penetrating partner then holds the receiving partner tightly around each instep or ankle and lies on the receiving partner full-length. A variation is to have the receiving partner cross their ankles on their stomach, knees to shoulders, and then have the penetrating partner lie on the receiving partner’s crossed ankles with their full weight. Called the Viennese oyster by The Joy of Sex.
PENETRATING FROM BEHIND
Most of these positions can be used for either vaginal or anal penetration. Variants of the doggy style or doggy position include:
The receiving partner is on all fours with their torso horizontal and the penetrating partner inserts either their penis or sex toy into either the vagina or anus from behind.
The receiving partner’s torso is angled downwards and the penetrating partner raises their own hips above those of the receiving partner for maximum penetration.
The penetrating partner places their feet on each side of the receiving partner while keeping their knees bent and effectively raising up as high as possible while maintaining penetration. The penetrating partner’s hands usually have to be placed on the receiving partner’s back to keep from falling forward.
The receiving partner kneels upright while the penetrating partner gently pulls the receiving partner’s arms backwards at the wrists towards them.
In the spoons position both partners lie on their side, facing the same direction. Variants of this technique include the following:
The receiving partner lies on their side. The penetrating partner kneels and penetrates from behind. Alternatively, the penetrating partner can stand if the receiving partner is on a raised surface.
The receiving partner lies facing down, possibly with their legs spread. The penetrating partner lies on top of them. The placement of a pillow beneath the receiving partner’s hips can help increase stimulation in this position.
The receiving partner lies face down, knees together. The penetrating partner lies on top with spread legs.
The receiving partner lies on their side with their uppermost leg forward. The penetrating partner kneels astride the receiver’s lowermost leg.
RECEIVING PARTNER ON TOP
Most of these positions can be used for either vaginal or anal penetration. When the receiving partner is a woman, these positions are sometimes called the woman on top, cowboy or cowgirl positions.
A feature of these positions is that the penetrating partner lies on their back with the receiving partner on top:
the receiving partner can kneel while straddling the penetrating partner, with the participants facing each other.
alternatively, the receiving partner can face away from the penetrating partner. This position is sometimes called the reverse cowboy or reverse cowgirl position.
the receiving partner can arch back with hands on the ground.
the receiving partner can squat (instead of kneel) facing the penetrating partner.
the receiving partner can bring forward their knees against the ground.
the penetrating partner lies with their upper back on a low table, couch, chair or edge of bed, keeping their feet flat on the floor and back parallel to floor. The receiving partner straddles them, also keeping their feet on the floor. Receiving partner can assume any of various positions.
the lateral coital position was recommended by Masters and Johnson, and was preferred by three quarters of their heterosexual study participants after having tried it. The position involves the male on his back, with the female rolled slightly to the side so that her pelvis is atop his, but her weight is beside his. This position can also be used for anal penetration, and is not limited to heterosexual partners.
SITTING AND KNEELING
Most of these positions can be used for either vaginal or anal penetration.
The penetrating partner sits on an area surface, legs outstretched. The receiving partner sits on top and wraps their legs around the penetrating partner. Called pounding on the spot in the Burton translation of The Perfumed Garden. If the penetrator crosses their legs instead, it is called the lotus position. This position can be combined with fondling of erogenous zones, increasing the chances of both pleasure and orgasm in both partners.
The penetrating partner sits in a chair. The receiving partner straddles penetrating partner and sits, facing the penetrating partner, feet on floor. This is sometimes known as the lap dance. Other receiver-on-top variants can be adapted in this way as well.
The penetrating partner sits on a couch or in a chair that has armrests. The receiving partner sits in the penetrating partner’s lap, perpendicular to penetrating partner, with their back against the armrest.
The penetrating partner kneels while the receiving partner lies on their back, ankles on each side of penetrating partner’s shoulders.
Most of these positions can be used for either vaginal or anal penetration. In the basic standing position, both partners stand facing each other. The following variations are possible:
In the basic standing position, both partners stand facing each other and engage in vaginal sex. In order to match heights, the shorter partner can, for instance, stand on a stair or wear high heels. It may be easier to maintain solid thrusts if the woman has her back to a wall. With such a support, the Kama Sutra calls this position the suspended congress. This position is most often used in upright places, such as a wall in a bedroom or a shower.
The penetrating partner stands, and the receiving partner wraps their arms around his neck, and their legs around his waist, thereby exposing either the vagina or anus to the man’s penis. This position is made easier with the use of a solid object behind the receiver, as above.
Alternatively, the receiving partner can face away from the penetrating partner which allows for anal sex. This position is varied by having the receiving partner assume different semi-standing positions. For instance, they may bend at the waist, resting their hands or elbows on a table.
ANAL SEX POSITIONS
These positions involve anal penetration:
Doggy style penetration maximizes the depth of penetration, but can pose the risk of pushing against the sigmoid colon. If the receiving partner is male, this increases the chances of stimulating the prostate. The penetrating partner controls the thrusting rhythm. A variation is the leapfrog position, in which the receiving partner angles their torso downward. The receiving partner may also lie flat and face down, with the penetrating partner straddling their thighs.
In the missionary positions, to achieve optimal alignment, the receiving partner’s legs should be in the air with the knees drawn towards their chest. Some sort of support (such as a pillow) under the receiving partner’s hips can also be useful. The penetrating partner positions themselves between the receiving partner’s legs. The penetrating partner controls the thrusting rhythm. This position is often cited as good for beginners, because it allows them to relax more fully than is usual in the doggy style position.
The spoons position allows the receiving partner to control initial penetration and the depth, speed and force of subsequent thrusting.
The receiving partner on top positions allow the receiving partner more control over the depth, rhythm and speed of penetration. More specifically, the receiving partner can slowly push their anus down on the penetrating partner, allowing time for their muscles to relax.
Less common positions
THE T-SQUARE POSITIONS
These positions are more innovative, and perhaps not as widely known or practiced as the ones listed above.
The receiving partner lies on their back with knees up and legs apart. The penetrating partner lies on their side perpendicular to the receiver, with the penetrating partner’s hips under the arch formed by receiver’s legs. Sometimes called the T-square.
The receiving partner’s legs are together turning to one side while looking up towards the penetrator, who has spread legs and is kneeing straight behind the other’s hips. The penetrator’s hands are on the other’s hips. This position can be called the Modified T-square.
The Seventh Posture of Burton’s translation of The Perfumed Garden is an unusual position not described in other classical sex manuals. The receiving partner lies on their side. The penetrating partner faces the receiver, straddling the receiver’s lower leg, and lifts the receiver’s upper leg on either side of the body onto the crook of penetrating partner’s elbow or onto the shoulder. While some references describe this position as being “for acrobats and not to be taken seriously,” others have found it very comfortable, especially during pregnancy.
The piledriver is a difficult position sometimes seen in porn videos. It is described in many ways by different sources. In a heterosexual context, the woman lies on her back, then raises her hips as high as possible, so that her partner, standing, can enter her vaginally or anally. The position places considerable strain on the woman’s neck, so firm cushions should be used to support her.
The receiver lies face down legs spread on the edge of the bed and parallel to the floor, while the penetrator stands behind, holding both legs.
The Rusty Bike Pump is similar to a piledriver where penetration is achieved from above at a downward angle with the receiving partner bottom side up.
The receiving partner is on the bottom. The penetrating partner lies on top perpendicularly to them.
The penetrating partner lies on their back, legs spread. The receiving partner is on their back on top of the penetrator, legs spread, facing the opposite direction.
The penetrator and the receiver lie on their backs, heads pointed away from one another. Each places one leg on the other’s shoulder (as a brace) and the other leg out somewhat to the side.
The receiving partner lies on their back with the penetrating partner lying perpendicular. The receiving partner bends the knee closest to the penetrating partner’s head enough so that there is room for the penetrating partner’s waist to fit beneath it, while the penetrating partner’s legs straddle the receiving partner’s other leg. The in-and-out thrusting action will move more along a side-to-side rather than top-to-bottom axis. This is sometimes called the scissors position. This position allows for breast stimulation during sex, for partners to maintain eye contact if they wish, and for a good view of both partners as they reach orgasm.
The penetrating partner sits on edge of a bed or chair with feet spread wide on floor. The receiving partner lies on their back on the floor and drapes their legs and thighs over the legs of the penetrating partner. The penetrating partner holds the knees of the receiving partner and controls thrusts.
Using furniture or special apparatus
Most sex acts are typically performed on a bed or other simple platform. As the range of supports available increases, so does the range of positions that are possible. Ordinary furniture can be used for this purpose. Also, various forms of erotic furniture and other apparatus such as fisting slings and trapezes have been used to facilitate even more exotic sexual positions.
Positions to promote or prevent conception
See also: Birth control#Misconceptions
Pregnancy is a potential result of any form of sexual activity where sperm comes in contact with the vagina; this is typically during vaginal sex, but pregnancy can result from anal sex, digital sex (fingering), oral sex, or by another body part, if sperm is transferred from one area to the vagina between a fertile female and a fertile male. Men and women are typically fertile during puberty. Though certain sexual positions are believed to produce more favorable results than others, none of these are effective means of contraception.
Positions during pregnancy
The goal is to prevent excessive pressure on the belly and to restrict penetration as required by the particular partners. Some of the positions below are popular positions for sex during pregnancy.
Woman on top: takes the pressure off of the woman’s abdomen and allows her to control the depth and frequency of thrusting.
Woman on back: like the missionary, but with less pressure on abdomen or uterus. The woman lies on her back and raises her knees up towards her chest. The partner kneels between her legs and enters from the front. A pillow is placed under her bottom for added comfort.
Sideways: also keeps pressure off of her abdomen while supporting her uterus at the same time.
Spooning: very popular positions to use during the late stages of pregnancy; allowing only shallow penetration and relieves the pressure on the stomach.
Sitting: she mounts the sitting partner, relieving her stomach of pressure.
From behind: allowing her to support stomach and breasts.
SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_position
Japan lodges protest against China ship seizure
by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) April 22, 2014
Japan said Tuesday it has lodged a formal protest against China’s seizure of a Japanese ship over unpaid bills dating back to the 1930s, the latest row to underscore their bitter enmity.
Authorities in Shanghai said Saturday they had impounded the large freight vessel owned by Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines in a dispute over what the Chinese side says is money owed from before World War II, when Japan occupied large swathes of its neighbour.
The two sides are also embroiled in a territorial dispute over a small archipelago, as well as snapping at each other over differing interpretations of history.
On Tuesday some Japanese media suggested the ship’s seizure was meant to underline China’s assertiveness before US President Barack Obama’s arrival in Tokyo on Wednesday, part of an Asian tour aimed at reinforcing Washington’s regional security alliances.
“We have told the Chinese side through diplomatic channels that we regret its seizure of the vessel… we demand China take appropriate measures,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the government’s top spokesman.
The ruling could “intimidate Japanese companies doing business in China”, Suga said, adding that Japan was “deeply worried”.
Tokyo’s position is that the seizure undermines a 1972 joint communique that normalised ties between Japan and China, in which Beijing agreed to renounce any demands for war reparations.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the Chinese move as “regrettable” and said that “we are demanding China take appropriate measures”, Jiji Press reported.
“What’s important is to observe the spirit of the rule of law,” Abe said, referring to the 1972 pact.
China on Monday said the civil case had nothing to do with the kind of claims outlined in that agreement.
On Saturday the Shanghai Maritime Court said it had seized the vessel “for enforcement of an effective judgement” made in December 2007.
Chinese and Hong Kong media said the seizure was related to a verdict by a court in Shanghai that said Mitsui must pay around 2.9 billion yen ($28 million) in relation to the leasing of two ships nearly 80 years ago.
Reports said that in 1936, Mitsui’s predecessor rented two ships on a one-year contract from Zhongwei Shipping Co.
The ships were reportedly commandeered by the Imperial Japanese Navy and were sunk during World War II.
A compensation suit was brought against Mitsui by the descendants of the founder of Zhongwei Shipping, and in 2007 a Shanghai court ordered Mitsui to pay compensation.
China’s Supreme People’s Court later rejected the Japanese firm’s appeal against the judgement.
The ship seizure comes as a set of lawsuits related to wartime forced labour have also been filed in China against Japanese corporations.
Source: Space war
Attacks including five suicide bombings hit various areas of Iraq on Monday, killing at least 26 people as parliamentary elections loom next week, the first since American troops departed.
Iraq is suffering a protracted surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 2,750 people so far this year, and the UN envoy warned Monday that militants were seeking to stoke sectarian tensions between the Shiite Muslim majority and the Sunni Arab minority.
In the deadliest attack, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle rigged with explosives at a police checkpoint in the Suweirah area, south of Baghdad, killing 13 people and wounding 35, a police officer and a medical source said.
Another suicide bomber blew up a vehicle at a checkpoint in Madain, killing at least two people and wounding five, while gunmen shot dead one person and wounded at least one other in Latifiyah, officials said.
In the Sadr City area of north Baghdad, a car bomb in an area of shops killed five people and wounded at least 12. A car bomb in the Shaab area killed at least two people and wounded at least nine.
A suicide bomber also struck a commercial street in the central Karrada district, killing three people and wounding at least 14, while two more suicide bombings in cities north of Baghdad left one person wounded.
Iraqi soldiers and police deployed in force on the street in Karrada that was hit by the blast, which shattered nearby shop windows.
At the site of the explosion, security forces examined a charred piece of what appeared to be human remains, as shop workers and other bystanders looked on.
The attacks came a day after violence in Iraq, including a suicide bombing at Baghdad’s Imam Kadhim University, killed at least 16 people.
UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov condemned the attack on the university, which is run by the Shiite religious endowment, as an attempt to stoke sectarianism.
“This is yet another example of sectarian-based violence that the people of this country need to fight in order to bring this country to tranquility, and it is happening at a time when the Iraqi people are preparing to go to the polls in a few days,” Mladenov said.
“The target has been selected to incite sectarian hatred.”
The April 30 vote is Iraq’s first parliamentary election since US forces withdrew in 2011 and is a major test for the security forces.
While they were able to keep violence to a minimum during provincial elections last year, the security forces have failed to halt a surge of unrest this year.
Violence has killed more than 500 people in Iraq so far this month, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.
It has been fuelled by widespread anger among the Sunni Arab minority, who say they are mistreated by the Shiite-led government and security forces.
Militant groups have also been bolstered by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.
Ex-militant and leader of the defunct Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force, Mujahid Asari Dokubo, said in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, that the Boko Haram sect is a political movement “set up to intimidate Christians in the North against voting for President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general election”.
Dokubo, who made this known at the fourth edition of the South-South Youth Leaders and Elders Interactive Forum, said “the key task of Boko Haram is to instil fear in Christian communities in the northern part of the country not to participate in the next general election”.
He, therefore, called on Jonathan to seek re-election, assuring that Boko Haram had nothing to do with Islam.
“All they want is political power; Boko Haram has nothing to do with Islam. Boko Haram is a political movement to foist leadership on Nigeria. They want to weaken northern Christians not to vote for Jonathan in 2015. They are chasing all the Christians in the North from their communities”, he said.
Dokubo advised President Jonathan to be vigilant, adding that some of those around him were fronts for his political opponents.
Source: Information Nigeria
Stars of Nigerian entertainment industry and fans of singing brothers of P-Square, Paul and Peter, urged both of them to reconcile, forget about their planned break-up and accept the differences which they might have.
One of the top DJ’s, Jimmy Jatt, reminded the conflicting sides that they share same blood:
“You are brothers. You have no choice. You just have to stay together.
“It is normal for siblings to have issues, but please do not let it tear you apart. I believe in you, I have great faith you will remain together.”
Nollywood diva, Tonto Dikeh, warned about the negative consequences of the break-up, stated that wives must play an important role for resolving the situation:
“When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It is like death. The love of twins is undisputed, Paul and Peter. You have been together for years, making great songs like Senorita, Do me, Story, More than a friend, Omoge mi, Busy body, Alingo, Personally, Testimony; the list is endless! Why break it up now?
“Please learn. Two heads are better than one. Mrs Lola and Anita, they say a woman makes a home. This is the time to show the world that both of you are women with great substance, which I believe you are.”
Tonto is a close friend of Peter and Paul and takes their problems in a very serious and personal way.
It would be recalled that some of the reasons Peter wants out is that he claims his brothers do not respect his wife and that their brother, Jude, has been disrespecting Lola for years.
Peter is especially bitter, and it is still possible that Jude and Paul stay together, while Peter dumps them.
The described deadlock prompted his packing out of Squareville mansion in Omole where he lived with his brothers for years to Lekki Phase 1 with his wife Lola Omotayo and their children.
A Yoruba socio-political group, the Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, has issued a warning to insurgents against carrying out any attack on Yoruba soil, saying any such attempt would be considered as an act of war.
In a statement signed by its National Chairman, Olawale Oshun, on Monday, the group said that although they are a peace-loving people, the Yoruba would not sit back and watch if they were attacked.
Reacting to the recent video the Boko Haram group released to the AFP wherein they claimed to be “in your city and you don’t know where we are”, Oshun enjoined residents of the South-West to be vigilant always.
In the 28-minute video, the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for the Nyanya explosion in Abuja that killed, at least 75 people, and threatened “more imminent attacks” across the country.
“ARG is calling on all the residents in the South West of Nigeria to take this threat very seriously, and be vigilant. We call on the residents to report to security agencies, monarchs, traditional leaders and the offices of the governors any suspicious movement of men and materials that come to their notice”, said Mr. Oshun.
“ARG wishes to alert the traditional institutions, from the highly revered monarchs to the Baales (the village heads) and Mogajis (Clan Heads), to their responsibility towards their subjects in this dire time”, he added.
The ARG chairman said that Yoruba leaders at every level would be held accountable if they allow strangers to over-run their domains.
“The time for the traditional institutions to become active and responsive as the guardian of our values is now. The kings and village heads should be ready to accept responsibility for any security failure in their domain, and we dare say that being urban should be no excuse”, Mr. Oshun warned.
“Overall, ARG would like to warn that being visited with a terror attack would amount to a declaration of war on the peace loving people of Yorubaland, in as much as the Yoruba people have always been peaceful and are not, whether directly or indirectly, complicit in the collapse of development and security – factors which have been labelled as responsible for the rise of terrorism.
“We need to add that the Yoruba people will neither fold their arms if attacked and will be forced to respond in whatever shape or form deemed fit”, he concluded.