by Emma Taylor and Lorelei Sharkey
When you write about sex for a living, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that we should always be inventing a new position or discovering a new erogenous zone. But sometimes it’s good just to remind ourselves of some basics. These 15 tips never go out of style—and they’re way easier to pull off than the Wheelbarrow, too.
5. Do have an over-active imagination.Talking and fantasizing together about an orgy with your hottie mail carrier, your local news anchor, and Notre Dame’s co-ed cheerleading team is usually infinitely more exciting than a real orgy with your hairy, alcoholic, depressed neighbors. Include your partner in your fantasies when it’s appropriate. Note: If you’re having sex with your partner while thinking of someone else, it’s probably better not to mention this—unless, of course, they’re dressed up as that someone else.
6. Do practice reciprocity. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Do not do unto to others with the expectation that they must do unto you in return. However, you should assume that when your partner tickles your back, it is not just because they’re being nice, but because they would like you to tickle their back, too.
7. Don’t assume that what worked on your previous partners will work on your next one.The biggest mistake you can make is arrogantly assuming you know it all.
8. Do tell your partners what you like; don’t expect them to like it, too. There is a difference between having a preference and being a fascist.
9. Don’t pop buttons indiscriminately. Bodice ripping may be sexy in romance paperbacks, but it only works in real life when you’re confident the item of clothing is easily replaceable and not considered a luxury item by your partner.
10. Do remove your socks. Unless your partner specifically requests that you leave them on or it’s freezing in the room. Guys: remove your socks as you remove your pants, in one smooth maneuver, to avoid being caught, even momentarily, in a nothing-but-socks moment.
11. Don’t think about baseball just to prolong the inevitable. Being aware of and attentive to your partner is the cornerstone of good sex. Who wants to fuck someone who’s trying to recall all 70 of Mark McGwire’s record-breaking home runs in 1998? Only Mark McGwire, that’s who.
12. Do wash your hands. Sex is like dining: You should always wash your hands right before. If you have been chopping chili peppers, soap and water will not remove all the oils so do be careful when you go exploring tender parts with your fingers.
13. … but don’t become an obsessive-compulsive cleaner. Natural musky funk is a good thing if your immune systems are compatible (a.k.a. you have chemistry).
14. Do make eye contact…at least every now and then. To avoid it completely screams that you are either afraid of intimacy, that you are thinking of someone else, or that you think your partner is butt ugly.
15. Do have a sense of humor. There’s nothing worse than a serious, sensitive ponytail guy or gal with no sense of irony or the absurd. If you fall off the bed while trying out a new position, do not die of embarrassment—laugh it off and live proudly.
Emma Taylor and Lorelei Sharkey have co-authored six books on the topics of sex and love: Sex: How to Do Everything (DK ‘08), three A-Z guides, Buh Bye (Chronicle ‘07), Rec Sex and Sex Toy (Chronicle ‘06), the sex manual The Big Bang: Nerve’s Guide to the New Sexual Universe (Plume ‘03 in the US; Hodder ‘04 in the UK), and the handbook Sex Etiquette for Ladies and Gentlemen (Plume ‘04/Hodder ‘05).
(via Alter Net)