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69 (sex position)

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Engraving by Flicien Rops for Le Diable au Corps, 1865

Sixty-nine or 69, also known by its French name soixante-neuf (69), is a group of sex
positions in which two people align themselves so that each person's mouth is near the
other's genitals, simultaneously performing oral sex.[1][2][3] The participants are thus mutually
inverted like the numerals 6 and 9 in the number 69, hence the name.[3][4] This position can
involve any combination of genders. Although not displayed in any of the images, a 69 can
also be performed with both partners on their sides, perhaps a more relaxed position.


1 Method
2 History
3 See also
4 Notes
5 References

Variations of the 69 positions include mutual anilingus or "double rimming," and digital
penetration of either partner's anus or vagina.

In these positions, the partners are said to experience sexual stimulation simultaneously, but
this can also distract those who try to focus solely on pleasuring themselves. The position
can also be awkward for partners who are not similar in height.[5]


A man and a woman performing mutual oral sex in the 69 position.

"Mutual simultaneous oragenitalism is usually referred to in English under the euphemistic
French numerical form, soixante-neuf. The ancient Chinese Yang and Yin (male &
female) symbol is identical. The term soixante-neuf has not been traced any earlier
than certain Whores Catechisms published in the 1790s in France, usually attributed to the
early leader of the French Revolution, Mlle. Throigne de Mricourt."[6]
"The earliest unequivocal representation of the sixty-nine appears to be that on an oil-lamp
preserved in the Munich Museum (Deutsches Museum), and first reproduced in Dr. Gaston
Vorbergs portfolio, Die Erotik der Antiken in Kleinkunst und Keramik (Munich, 1921)
plate 58, showing the woman lying on top of the man. Dr. Vorberg gives this to be of the
period of the Roman Caesars . However, another oil-lamp of the same kind, showing the
sixty-nine almost identically is more recently reproduced as a full-color plate, in Prof.
Jean Marcads Eros Kalos (English-language edition, Geneva : Nagel, 1965), facing page
58, in lamps preserved in the Heracleion Museum in Greece."[7]
"A Hindu temple-sculpture from the sacred caverns of the island of Elephanta, near
Mumbai in India, showing this position with the man actually standing, and holding the
woman hanging down in this from his shoulders, was brought to England in the late
eighteenth century . this sculptured fragment is both discussed and illustrated in
Richard Payne Knights A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus, privately issued for the
Dilettanti Society of London in 1786 . The illustration in question is a detail engraving
given in Payne Knights plate XI; and the full form of this sculptured group is given as
plate XXIV."[8]
The Kama Sutra mentions this sex position, albeit by a different name: "When a man and
woman lie down in an inverted order, i.e. with the head of the one towards the feet of the
other and carry on [mouth] congress, it is called the 'congress of a crow'."[9]

See also


Jump up ^ Rojiere, Jean (2001). The Little Book of Sex. Ulysses Press. ISBN 156975-305-9.
Jump up ^ Julie Coleman, "Love, sex, and marriage: a historical thesaurus",
Rodopi, 1999, ISBN 90-420-0433-9, p.214
^ Jump up to: a b Aggrawal, Anil (2009). Forensic and Medico-legal Aspects of
Sexual Crimes and Unusual Sexual Practices. Boca Raton: CRC Press. p. 380. ISBN 14200-4308-0.
Jump up ^ Ren James Hrail, Edwin A. Lovatt, "Dictionary of Modern
Colloquial French", Routledge, 1990, ISBN 0-415-05893-7, p.484
Jump up ^ Rathus, Spencer A.; Nevid, Jeffrey S.; Fichner-Rathus, Lois; Herold,
Edward S.; McKenzie, Sue Wicks (2005). Human sexuality in a world of diversity (2nd
ed.). New Jersey, USA: Pearson Education. p. 221. ISBN 0-205-46013-5.
Jump up ^ Legman 1969, p. 289
Jump up ^ Legman 1969, p. 290
Jump up ^ Legman 1969, p. 301
Jump up ^ "History of India, Kamasutra Sexual Orientation Chapter 9".
Indohistory. Retrieved 2015-01-06.


Gershon Legman (1969). Oragenitalism: Oral Techniques in Genital Excitation.

New York: The Julian Press Inc.
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