I was in high school when Sex and the City premiered, and like many women of my generation and the generations that followed, that show taught me a lot about sex. I knew that gay men engaged in it, but I held on to some pretty old-school notions when it came to why straight women would do it. Whoever heard of Mrs. Up-the-Butt might reside. The experience was, for lack of a better word, awful.
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 views in this article are the author's and not those of the research councils. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Are we facing an epidemic of harmful anal sex, brought on only because of the availability of online porn?
Getting back in our bodies, appreciating what they give us, feeling entitled not just to engage in a sexual experience, but to enjoy it. And truly? I think most men would be down for that as well. Watch ethical porn Paltrow chats to Dr. Why not try anal sex?