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Back to Blow Jobs

I trailed a tweet to The Problem With Fellatio yesterday and wanted to link to it as a follow-up to last week’s post Are Teenage Girls Really Giving More Blow Jobs? Is That Bad? According to this article, the conundrum with the rise of oral sex among teenage girls is not just an ethical one—especially since many young women, I paraphrase: engage in these activities because they enjoy them and find performing fellatio empowering—but a health issue, wherein we don’t tend to link oral sex with its potential dangers.

I must admit that I am one hundred percent guilty of this. Do I know that oral sex can spread STDs? Yes. Have I had friends experience this? Yes. And have I completely ignored this issue for all of my teenage and adult life? Yes. In fact, even in all of my thinking about the health issues in porn, I’ve never concretely thought about the message that unprotected oral sex is spreading. Hell, even Belle de Jour in The Secret Diary of a Call Girl let one of her Johns in her mouth after just a vigorous scrub down. Probably not very cool, Belle.

Anyway, this article had me pondering my perhaps overly blasé stance, so I thought I’d pass it on. I leave you with some food for thought (oopsie, that cliché doesn’t really work well here):

Oral-genital contact can lead to the transmission of syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, human papillomavirus, internal parasites, hepatitis A and HIV. While this is no secret, approximately 20 percent of adolescents and 10 percent of young adults are unaware of this danger, which is mostly likely due to the way existing sex ed programs focus entirely on penile-vaginal intercourse and essentially pretend that other practices do not exist. What can be done about this? The solution can only come from more intense – and more intimate – enlightenment regarding the “facts of life,” including frank discussions about all the many ways people make love to each other. Whether or not the schools are willing to give oral sex the attention the topic demands — and whether parents are willing to let their children learn the entire, rainbow-colored truth — is another question altogether. 

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