Anal sex or anal intercourse is generally the insertion and thrusting of the erect penis into a person's anus , or anus and rectum , for sexual pleasure. While anal sex is commonly associated with male homosexuality , research shows that not all gay males engage in anal sex and that it is not uncommon in heterosexual relationships. As with most forms of sexual activity, anal sex participants risk contracting sexually transmitted infections STIs. Anal sex is considered a high-risk sexual practice because of the vulnerability of the anus and rectum. The anal and rectal tissues are delicate and do not provide lubrication like the vagina does , so they can easily tear and permit disease transmission, especially if a personal lubricant is not used. Strong views are often expressed about anal sex. It is controversial in various cultures, especially with regard to religious prohibitions. This is commonly due to prohibitions against anal sex among males or teachings about the procreative purpose of sexual activity. The abundance of nerve endings in the anal region and rectum can make anal sex pleasurable for men or women. Research indicates that anal sex occurs significantly less frequently than other sexual behaviors,  but its association with dominance and submission , as well as taboo , makes it an appealing stimulus to people of all sexual orientations.
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During the ancient Greek period, anal sex was considered demeaning for the receiving partner, today in Western societies gay men, particularly black gay men, still hold this belief. A common misnomer among gay men and heterosexuals alike is that every gay man well, has to take it up the butt. Take it up the thigh. No really, take it up the thigh. Intercrural sex has been proposed as an important part of the sexual lives of a handful of notable historical figures known or thought to have been homosexual or bisexual.
Written by: Miko. While we were gabbing and getting things ready, she made a joke about her soon to be husband being Greek. I laughed and nodded but inside my head I was trying to figure out what she was talking about. I was a somewhat worldly teenager. Well, worldly in knowledge, not deeds. I forgot about it until I was doing research on anal sex and it popped up in a few places. It seems to stem from the oft-confused knowledge we have about Grecian attitudes about sex. Did they prefer anal sex as much as people think they did?
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.