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Oral Intercourse, Young Adults, and Gendered Narratives of Reciprocity

The work has focused largely on those in higher education and on young women rather than young men while the growing literature examining young people’s own perspectives on their sexual lives offers important insights into gender dynamics in oral sex. In just one of the few studies including more youthful teenagers, Burns and peers (2011) explored 12- to 17-year-old girls’ “fellatio narratives,” by which tales of pity, shame, and anxiety coexist alongside accounts of females as intimate initiators, “moments of desire,” and a feeling of competence and pleasure accomplished through “mastery of a fresh and relationally valuable skill” (p. 249). Notwithstanding the greater positive fragments among these narratives, girls’ reports of providing sex that is oral satisfying men’s desires and needs in the place of their particular.