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Martin van Maele's print Francion 15 depicts a couple engaging in foreplay outdoors
.In human sexual behavior, foreplay is a set of intimate psychological and physical acts between two or more people meant to create and increase sexual arousal, in anticipation of sexual intercourse.^ It also poses problems for animal rights advocates: If animals can have sex with each other but not with people, that means drawing a clear line between humanity and other species and denying the moral autonomy of animals.
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.Any act that creates and enhances sexual stimulation between the sex partners may constitute foreplay, including kissing, touching, embracing, talking, and teasing (teasing, in this case, may include methods of satisfaction, such as erotic sexual denial).^ It also poses problems for animal rights advocates: If animals can have sex with each other but not with people, that means drawing a clear line between humanity and other species and denying the moral autonomy of animals.
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[1] .The manual or oral stimulation of erogenous zones may be considered foreplay, as well as being part of the sex act itself.^ Foreplay position and louisa eshton, sceptered also in adventuristic, took swarthy their oral stimulation fatefully them.
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Sexual role playing, fetish activities, and BDSM can also be considered foreplay, though they may also accompany intercourse and not just precede it.

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History

There are many historical references to foreplay, with many artistic depictions. The Ancient Indian work Kama Sutra mentions different types of embracing, kissing, and marking with nails and teeth. [2] It also mentions BDSM activities such as slapping and moaning as "play."[3]

What constitutes foreplay

.If no intimate sexual acts are intended, foreplay-type actions are often classified as flirting, "fooling around" or, in colloquial terms, being "touchy-feely". Since these interactions are non-explicit, there can be misunderstandings about whether an invitation has been extended or accepted.^ Jul 3 2009 11:02 PM Ships of fools all around...Awesome music, thanks so much for accepting.
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Inadvertent or not, this kind of miscommunication is often termed "leading someone on."
A romantic, intimate, or overtly sexual atmosphere can be considered a gesture of foreplay. Foreplay can begin with non-physical behavior that signals sexual availability. Verbally, foreplay may include compliments, subtle comments with double entendre, and intimate conversations. Non-verbally, foreplay can include provocative clothing, preening gestures, winking, licking or biting one's lips, standing inside a partner's personal space, and holding a gaze longer than is acceptable for casual acquaintances.

Progression

Foreplay eventually turns physical. Simple and possibly innocuous acts, such as straightening someone's clothing or hair, bumping into someone while walking, stroking someone's arm, or whispering in someone's ear can constitute foreplay. One may also hold hands, touch the face, kiss, "bite", tickle, or massage.
As comfort increases, so usually does the level of intimacy. More intimate examples include:
There are many types of foreplay. Stimulation with the hands is the most common form, followed by oral stimulation. Foreplay is to provide sexual pleasure and arousal. The act is generally the act of preparing one's partner for sexual intercourse, though it does not exclude the chance of orgasm if applied rigorously.
Direct manipulation of naked erogenous zones is almost always considered foreplay (except in a medical context). In women, this includes stimulation of the clitoris and vulva. In men, it includes stimulation of the penis and scrotum. For both sexes, it could include stimulation of nipples and anus. Stimulation can be achieved by mouth, hands, sex toys like dildos or vibrators, or common household objects like feathers or ice cubes. Direct manipulation of naked erogenous zones is not considered foreplay when it is not preparatory for further sexual acts. For example, mutual masturbation and oral sex are often considered final sexual acts; as final acts with no expectation of further sexual congress, these are not considered foreplay.
Foreplay tends to become increasingly physical and intense as the couple moves closer to intercourse. It reaches its peak in the moments just before intercourse, when it induces a strong mutual desire for penetration. During the final stage of foreplay, genital teasing may take place for a brief time. Technically, foreplay ends with intromission, or the beginning of intercourse. In practical terms, however, the continuity between foreplay and intercourse may be very great, since the couple may continue to engage in foreplay-like behavior during intercourse.
Safe sex practices can be incorporated as part of foreplay. A condom or dental dam can be applied in an erotic or playful way as part of the final stages of foreplay. Alternately, couples may select a method of birth control in part because it does not interrupt the progression of foreplay into intercourse, such as the Pill, other forms of hormonal contraception, or the IUD.

Kissing and foreplay

Kissing during foreplay may be on the mouth or encompass other areas of the body. Deep kissing, also known as French kissing, involves the physical contact of tongues and can also imply the tongue entering another person's mouth. [4] Other areas for kissing may include the partner's ears, cheek, neck, eyelids, shoulders, breasts, stomach, back, inner thighs or feet.
Most people are quite responsive to manual or oral contact with their pubic area. Men are more responsive to oral stimulation of the underside of the full length of the penis, the head of the penis, the scrotum and the perineum while women find it most exciting when they are orally or manually stimulated on their clitoris, vulva and the surrounding area. [5]

Tantric foreplay

Tantric foreplay is the first step in the lovemaking session according to the tantra principles. Tantric sex is against rushing things for the purpose of reaching an orgasm, so tantric foreplay is a way to prepare the body and the mind for the union between the two bodies and the universe. The tantric rules say that foreplay must be focused on the preparation before sexual intercourse. Tantric foreplay may include sensual baths between the two partners in a relaxing atmosphere. Fragrance oil and candles may also be used to set up the mood. [6]
The tantric foreplay is only about giving each other time to connect spiritually and bind. Staring at each other while in a cross-legged position and touching the other's hand palms is a usual foreplay tactic used by tantra practitioners. Tantric foreplay may also include massages. The massage that is applied, according to the tantric philosophy, has not the purpose to reach orgasms but to give each other pleasure and connect at a spiritual level. [7].

Function and effects

Psychologically, foreplay lowers inhibitions and increases the emotional comfort of the partners. Physically, it stimulates the process that produces an erection in men, allowing them to penetrate an orifice. In women, it helps stimulate the process that leads to erection of the clitoris, raising of the cervix (elongation of the vaginal canal), and the production of vaginal lubrication, allowing penetration to take place comfortably and effectively.
When a woman becomes sexually aroused as a result of foreplay the blood flow to the genital area is increased causing the engorgement of the genital tissue (the clitoris and labia). The vaginal wall dilates and also, the vagina becomes elongated. Foreplay is so important for women due to the fact that it provokes sexual excitement which produces an excretion of fluid across the vaginal wall which results in lubrication. [8]
Foreplay has important physical and psychological effects on women, but maybe the latter is slightly more important. The biggest issue related to the ability of achieving orgasms is thought to be solved with the right foreplay techniques. [9] It is scientifically proved that women do need extra stimulation of any sort before engaging in a sexual relationship. Scientists agree upon the fact that a good communication within the couple is the key towards reaching an orgasm.
However, the subject of the effectiveness of foreplay continues to be a point of discussion. An example of this is an European survey of 2,300 women in Prague showed that foreplay is not the key in a satisfactory sexual act. The same study revealed that sexual intercourse is the most sexually satisfying activity especially if it takes precisely 16.2 minutes. [10]

Research

Foreplay can vary dramatically based on age, religion, and cultural norms. In spite of the clichéd modern folklore that women demand more foreplay and require more time to become physically aroused, recent scientific research refutes that myth. Scientists from McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada used the method of thermal imaging to record baseline temperature change in the genital area as the definition of the time necessary for sexual arousal. Researchers studied the time required for an individual to reach the peak of sexual arousal and concluded that, on average, women and men spend almost the same time for sexual arousal — around 10 minutes. [11] This, however, does not take into account the amount of time necessary to become mentally aroused.

See also

References

  1. ^ foreplay cambridge.org
  2. ^ translation, biting types, using nails
  3. ^ slapping Kama Sutra
  4. ^ Foreplay Tricks To Improve Your Sexual Relations: Deep kissing Retrieved on 2010-02-18
  5. ^ Discovery Health. "Foreplay explained" 2010-02-18.
  6. ^ Van Lysebeth, Andre (2002). Tantra: the cult of the feminine. ISBN 9788120817593. 
  7. ^ Tantra foreplay techniques Mental Foreplay online portal. Retrieved on 2010-02-18
  8. ^ Estrella Mountain community college. "The reproductive system and physical effects" 2010-02-24.
  9. ^ Mental foreplay for women Retrieved on 2010-02-24
  10. ^ The Telegraph. "Foreplay is overrated, researchers claim" 2010-02-24.
  11. ^ Your introduction to foreplay

Simple English

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Foreplay is the name for a number of things people do before they have sex. These things do not need to be directly related to having sex. Rather, they are done to sexually arouse people, to make them want each other more. Not all of these acts are physical, some can also be psychological. Common things done in foreplay include kissing, touching each other, hugging, and stimulating the others erogenous zones.

Foreplay has a well-defined function - it lowers inhibitions and makes people feel better at ease.

Foreplay has been mentioned in historic works. The Ancient Indian work Kama Sutra mentions different types of embracing, kissing, and marking with nails and teeth.[1] It also mentions BDSM activities such as slapping and moaning as "play."[2]

Based on age, religious and political background, what people do as foreplay can be quite different. Many people think that women demand more foreplay and require more time to become aroused. Recent scientific research has show that this is false, though. Scientists from McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada used the method of thermal imaging to record baseline temperature change in the genital area as the definition of the time necessary for sexual arousal. Researchers studied the time required for an individual to reach the peak of sexual arousal and concluded that, on average, women and men spend almost the same time for sexual arousal — around 10 minutes. [3]

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