The only reason that this entry is still considered part of an ‘alternative’ A-to-Z of sex rather than an ‘essential’ one, is because it’s sadly not the most obvious relevant c-word. In fact, straight away I thought of three others that people may have chosen first… an orifice, a word that is a synonym for The Big O and something that, legend would have you believe, many heterosexual men can’t find. However this c-word is the thing that no sex should be without. No matter what your gender, orientation or other preferences, you should not be doing anything intimate without consent. Communication and consideration for contraception (where appropriate) are also damn fine ideas, but consent is absolutely essential. Especially where non-standard sexual practices are concerned.
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