Oral sex, imaginary bodies, and HIV. Among our interviewees, such hidden labor in giving oral sex was described only by young women. We encouraged participants to use whatever language was most comfortable for them in discussing sexual practices, and—wherever possible—we waited for interviewees to introduce and explain their own vocabulary. We encouraged our participants to reflect on the meaning of different sexual activities whether or not they had personal experience of them, and so most interviews included talk about oral sex. You just done it. During this initial analysis, we identified a constellation of themes relating to oral sex that were consistent across the field sites, including ideas about cleanliness, disgust, choice, and reciprocity.
Oral Sex, Young People, and Gendered Narratives of Reciprocity
Our study examined accounts of oral sex between men and women, and an interesting area of further research would be to investigate the extent to which these types of constructs operate within encounters between same-sex partners: Size matters. In the in-depth interviews, we sought to elicit accounts of the meanings of various different sexual practices, whether or not our interviewees had personally experienced them. Noting that meanings are unlikely to be singular or fixed, Braun et al. RCOG; Why, when, and with whom young people engage in oral sex.