Anal sex in history

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In ancient Greece, male superiority was also transferred to sexual practice, taking man from woman behind, having to adopt a submissive position. His practice was so widespread that he has even come to this day with the name “Greek” with direct reference to anal sex, although in tergo intercourse it can be both anal and vaginal in the case of heterosexual couples.

Although it was not allowed in Rome-and therefore not well seen-that a Roman citizen would have anal sex (poedicare) with another Roman citizen, there was no impediment if he did it with a slave or slave.

Anal sex has been considered taboo in many Western countries since the Middle Ages when it was rumored that male members of heretical movements practiced it among themselves.

During the Middle Ages, most Christian clerics were not fully celibate, but the highest orders of some heretical creeds did, which generated the rumor of their attraction to members of the same sex. Some medieval altarpieces and drolleries in wood portray people performing anilingual with a devil half goat, half man.

This practice has been condemned by the majority of religions in the last two thousand years: both because it is infertile (it is one of the most typical natural practices for birth control, as a substitute sexual intercourse of the vaginal), and because it entails serious hygienic risks. Even in 2007, anal sex was considered a crime in certain states of the United States of America, even within legally constituted marriages.

The persistence of taboo over the centuries has spread the idea that anal intercourse would be “unnatural,” in the face of vaginal intercourse. However, it must be considered that in the evolutionary process the vagina is a conduit of very recent appearance, and that in the stage in which the reptiles developed the semen receptor was the cloaca, so both sexual practices occur in nature, and in fact anal sex has been taking place for many millions of years. We must also consider that human sexuality has broader aims than the purely reproductive, and in this sense, while this practice can also be considered a sexual game, it also has full biological meaning.

Prevalence

Currently, anal sex is considered one of the most widespread sexual practices in homosexual and heterosexual couples. Several studies reveal that, nowadays, women and men confess to enjoy anal sex. Approximately 40% of heterosexual couples have tried it at least once and, according to one study or another, between 10 and 20% of couples practice it regularly. Even in some Latin American countries, the practice is performed by 20% of women and 24% of men, being the most common practice after vaginal and oral sex.

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