Kerista Commune
the names have been changed to protect the innocent

the commune that invented the words 'polyfidelity' & 'compersion'
based in the Haight-Ashbury of San Francisco from 1971-1991

(polyfidelity n. fidelitous to many partners)
(compersion n. the opposite of jealousy, positive feelings
about your partner's other intimacies)




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The Nine Pís of Great Cunnilingus
By Suzi Bite


Copyright 1991 Utopia Publications

There is a natural tendency for people to assume that whatever their own attitudes are, others must feel the same way. You socialize with people with whom you share values and beliefs, and thus you project that the rest of the world is a mirror of your own little circle. Although I realize that this is faulty logic, I too have to remind myself from time to time that no, other places are not like San Francisco, and no, other social scenes are not like the one you (sic) find yourself in.

The one that I find myself in is filled with people who love to talk about sex. Next to sex itself, talking about sex is one of the most fun activities I can think of. However, a lot of people in the world - the vast majority, I imagine Ė are in the school that sex is a dirty little thing that belongs in the bedroom and is best left undiscussed. Even relatively hip folks, who intellectually realize that there is nothing negative about the subject, may feel awkward or uncomfortable about discussing it. Itís not very hard to understand why. Almost all of us have been raised inside of a culture and households in which the subject was verbally taboo. Itís kind of a double-whammy: first of all, you donít talk about sex because itís a nasty subject connected to morally reprehensible activity, and second of all, you donít talk about sex because talking about it supposedly ruins it. It makes it too common, too indelicate, too apparent Ö the mystery, after all, is what makes it so good.

Why Talk About It?

To me the second argument is as phony as the first. No matter what you do, you are still going to be left with the fact that the pleasures associated with sexual intimacy cannot be fully explained and will continue to intrigue us, long after the scientific studies have made all the measurements and observations that they can. Not only does talking about sex release us from the outdated prohibitions, it actually enhances the experience itself. This is also easy to understand. When you hear people talk about sex, you learn a lot. Most of us probably got our first information about the birds and the bees on the playground, out of the mouths of other kids, rather than from parents or teachers, and Iím sure that we hung on every word we heard. Conversations about sex among adults can be far more enlightening, thanks to a much more solid grounding in the facts of the matter. They provide a means of discovering the things that can make it work for you Ė make it possible to come, for instance, or help your partner(s) to do so too. Aside from finding out more about the mechanics of sex, talking about it can help you re-shape your attitudes about it, allowing you to relate to people more righteously and to feel better about yourself. Besides all of this, talking about sex is a great source of humor, and it is now clinically established that laughter is good medicine.

To Come or Not to Come

What I want to talk about today is cunnilingus. Oral sex, where the genitals on the receiving end are those of a female, and the body part on the doing end is a mouth. The mouth could belong to a person of either sex, depending on your preference; either way, itís still cunnilingus. Some people are good at it and some arenít, but I really believe it is a skill that can be learned.

What I mean by a person being good at it is, she/he does it in such a way that her/his partner can have an orgasm as the end result. Now, I have run into a lot of people over the years who do not think that coming is the point of sex, and should not be emphasized. This is debatable. I agree that there are other purposes for doing it: general sensual gratification and drawing closer to the person you are doing it with, for example. Still, to use these as a basis to negate the significance of the orgasm is silly. My evaluation of human nature is that everybody wants to come. Coming is fantastic. Itís just amazing how a few short moments of uncontrollable, spasmodic muscle action can feel so good. Sex without coming can be wonderful and intense, but why not come if you can?

What these people object to, I think, is the type of sexual interaction in which the relationship between the people is depersonalized, and one or both parties are more concerned with their own orgasm than in having a holistically sensitive, mutually satisfying experience. If you could study all the sexual interludes that have ever taken place throughout human history, Iím sure youíd find that an awful lot of them have been in that desensitized category. And most still are, but thatís besides the point. The point is, why allow the jerky behavior of some insensitive clods to interfere with your own feelings about coming?

The Varieties of Sexual Dysfunction

The second, and I think bigger, reason why some people object to viewing orgasms as important is because of sexual dysfunction. You can tell that sexual dysfunction is a really big deal because of its spelling. Why else would the ďdysĒ have a ďyĒ in it instead of an ďiĒ in it? Seriously though, sexual dysfunction can really freak a person out if she/he is not prepared with the right mental attitudes. Men deal with the number of types of sexual dysfunction: primary impotence (inability to get it up), secondary impotence (it gets up but doesnít stay hard), premature ejaculation (coming very quickly), retarded ejaculation (it takes a really long time to come Ė my favorite kind of sexual dysfunction) and the inability to come (the erection doesnít go away, but an hour or two later the guy still canít climax, so he just decides to stop). The last kind doesnít have a formal name that Iíve ever run across; Iíll have to think of one. For women itís not so complicated, sexual dysfunction just means you canít come, although actually that could be further broken down between those who donít get aroused and canít come and those who do but still canít come.

Many women who canít come feel like itís their fault when actually, whenever they fuck, their boyfriends have premature ejaculation, or simply donít know how to do it the way they like it. There are a lot of reasons why people donít come, besides the ones just mentioned for women, including being too tired, or preoccupied with something. A certain amount of sexual dysfunction, male or female, however, isnít explainable; it just occurs. When it does, you have to have the good sense to keep it in perspective and not allow it to worry you. Some people, though, go the other way: instead of becoming depressed and upset about it, or keeping it in a rational perspective, they insist that it doesnít matter anyway, so there. I even knew a woman once who had never come, and claimed that orgasms were a myth invented by men to make women feel bad. Itís really something, what the mind can concoct when properly motivated.

When someone insists the coming really doesnít matter at all, itís a symptom of being inordinately preoccupied with sex and coming, the same way a person who is virulently alienated from her/his parents really has them in her/his head in a big way. If you canít come for whatever reason, itís no reason to lose self-esteem and sleep, but donít make the mistake of turning into an anhedonic person, a sourpuss who begrudges others their fun. The right approach is to do what you can to learn what works best for you, and cultivate sexual relationships with people who are sensitive to your particular needs and desires.

Itís Easier When You Do It Right.

This brings us back to cunnilingus, which some women find to be a better orgasm-inducer than intercourse. There is a big range in what different women find effective. The sorry truth of the matter is, though, that no matter easy a comer a woman is, coming is a much bigger schtick to accomplish for women than for men. Every now and then youíll find a guy who has a hard time coming and has to have everything done just ďsoĒ for it to happen, but most boys can pop it off inside of minutes any time they want to, whereas I have only known a very few females who could claim that. For most of us, itís a question of trial and error, until we found out exactly the right balance of factors that does the trick, and get our partners to learn the score. From my talks with many women, it seems that for some, you could say of them, as The Cars do in their song, ďShe says that itís easy/When you do it right,Ē although for most it remains a constant challenge. Even though I do come almost every time I fuck, I almost perpetually worry that it wonít work while Iím doing it. (In spite of this I manage to enjoy myself).

Cunnilingus is a very exacting science or art, depending on how you want to see it. If anything, itís even more precise than intercourse with respects to the ďdo it rightĒ concept. Not to say that any time you have a lover going down on you, you should necessarily be looking to come by it. Cunnilingus before, between and/or after fucking, where the orgasm happens during the fuck, is also a wonderful thing. After a large number of hours spent contemplating the subject, I have boiled it down to the essential variables that make up the mix. Each one has to be done right - which of course may be totally the opposite way from woman to woman - in order to elicit the desired outcome. I call these points ďThe Nine Pís of Cunnilingus.Ē

The Nine ďPísĒ

OK, letís get down to it.

1. Perseverance. The truth is, getting a girl (All of the words Ďboysí and Ďgirlsí in this article are meant to refer to adults over 18, not minors) to come this way can take a long, long time. Weíre talking anything from a few minutes (in rare cases) to an hour. A lot of jaws cannot sustain for this length of time, and you really canít blame the poor sucker for wanting to stop short of such a stint (or for thinking of Richard Pryorís line ďYo pussy dead, honey!Ē). On the other hand, you really appreciate those who can. The ability to shield teeth with lips becomes a prized skill.

2. Patience. This has more to do with attitude than mere perseverance through time, although theyíre closely related. Without a relaxed, patient attitude about the pastime, the person doing the licking is not likely to keep at it for a long run. Patience should be seen as applying not only to a given session of cunnilingus, but to the shared experience on cunnilingus in the context of an ongoing relationship. In other words, it might take months or even years for a partner to perfect her/his cunnilinguism and develop those techniques to the point of being able to get a woman to come on a regular basis. Iíve even had the experience of it taking as long as ten years. If the cunnilinguist loses patience after some time has gone by and concludes that itís impossible, who knows, the breakthrough couldíve only been days away!

3. Precision. This speaks for itself, pretty much. The tongue has to be able to concentrate its efforts on just the right spots, and there is certain amount of delicacy involved. Going all over the place at random may be fun and feel generally good to both people, but it usually doesnít work.

4. Pressure. I donít think a lot of people realize what an important thing pressure is in female orgasms of all varieties. Providing a lot of pressure with oneís head and tongue is another sexual feat worthy of silent appreciation by the recipients thereof. Light flicks of the tongue may not make it. Too much of a grind might not either, but itís gotta be there.

5. Position. Some like it on their backs, some from behind, legs apart, legs together, up, down, etc. Some women can come from being eaten out in numerous positions, exotic or otherwise; for most of us there is one easiest (or only) way to go.

6. Penetration. This has to do with fingers. The woman willprobably have a preference for having or not having a finger or two (or more) up her cunt while being blown. Most whom Iíve discussed it with do prefer one or more in there, as against none. Then there is the question of how far up, if they should be bent and pressing the G-spot and whether they should be still or moving, and if moving in and out, how fast, which carries us over to,

7. Pace. Pace refers to how fast the hand should be moving if itís in there, as well as how fast the tongue should be laying down itís lashes, and any other incidental rhythmic action the team may get going. The pace may even have to be vary through the course of the interlude, from fast to medium to slow.

8. Persistence. This isnít really quite the right word, but itís as close as Iíve been able to come in the ďPĒ family. What I mean is steadiness of pace, in fact steadiness and consistency of all the above-listed factors; keeping them going without flagging or abrupt changes. One of the worst things to do during sex of all types, especially sex once it gets going nicely, is for the guy (speaking for hetero women) to pull a sudden switch Ė speed up, slow down, remove fingers, whatever. Just when the rhythm is starting to kick in and rev up the right motors, and youíre getting the idea that you are in fact very possibly going to come this time, or even later, once it is all humming and you are thinking, yes, you really are going to come soon, a change like that can set you all back to zero, start from scratch. Frustration city. These things canít all be intuitively interpreted by your partner, though. A certain amount of nonverbal communication will succeed, but some things are best expressed with words. You may not feel like giving your partner a lecture on what to do right in the midst of sex (I do believe in there being the right timing for such dialogues) but sooner or later you ought to let her/him know whatís what if she/he doesnít pick right up on it. Probably sooner rather than later.

9. Playfulness. This kind of thing goes without saying and isnít just a point that applies to cunnilingus. It could be said about most things you do with people, but it definitely has to be there during oral sex. Thereís something innately amusing about having a guy down there messing around with my pussy with his mouth. Iím not sure why itís funny. Maybe because it has always seemed so unlikely to me that anyone would want to do that, let alone do it with gusto. I mean, the smell, the wetness, the whole deal. Vaginas are messy things, but most men I know donít seem to mind, so why complain? In fact, most of them donít even have an aversion to what I call ďvampire sexĒ, which is cunnilingus while you have your period. These men are motivated. I donít know where they get it from. Hallelujah for guys like this. Theyíre a big part of what makes life worth living.

The thing about sex is, even people who donít talk about it think about it., and I think you think about it less productively when itís not a candid, relaxed issue than when it is. When itís an issue filled with fear, negative intrigue, insecurity, or just plain embarrassment, it can be much more pre-occupying, even at levels that are not immediately apparent upon conscious introspection. Whatís going on here, however, is not really talking about sex. This is me writing about sex, and you reading about sex. Can you actually talk about it? Like about whatís in this article, and what you think about it personally? If you canít, itís a good thing for you to learn about yourself. If you can, but not to your sexual partner(s), thatís another interesting thing for you to be aware of in your life. If you could and would like to, but donít have anyone youíre that informal with, itís high time you looked for some of those people. Youíre missing out on something great.