Analingus: the use of the mouth, including lips, tongue, or teeth, to stimulate the anus, buttocks or perineum.
Back a few decades it used to be considered wild to even have sex before marriage. Films used to be banned for depicting vivid sex scenes. The Big Sleep, which starred Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart was banned in 1946 merely for scenes alluding to sexual wantonness. In 1972 The Last Tango in Paris starring Marlon Brando was banned in Italy and remained so for 15 years for containing nudity and graphic sex scenes – including anal sex. The same film when released in America was met with walk outs and “vomiting from well-dressed wives”. ABCs reviewer Harry Reasoner denounced it as “pornography disguised as art”.
Jump forward to the 90s where shows like Sex and the City were considered wild for showing boobs and sexual content at a close to prime time slot.
These days, T.V boobs are as commonplace as kissing scenes. Sexual activity on screen has evolved so much in pop culture that even ass-eating has become the hottest new trend to hit our screens. Most notably in the HBO series GIRLS.
By season 2 Episode 9 we see Adam again. He’s now dating another girl called Natalia but he’s still secretly in love with Hannah a little bit. That’s why he goes down on his new girlfriend from behind then does her doggy style, pulling out to come on her boobs. Don’t worry. He wipes it off with his shirt. He’s such a gentleman. Adam was probably not performing analingus at this time, I think it was more an act of lubrication, but still, it managed to shock.
Then of course we jump to season 4 Episode 1 where we see Marnie getting her butt eaten by Desi, her band mate and lover who is cheating (with his ass-eating) on his long term girlfriend Clementine. There is a lot of wiggling going on. We can’t be sure what he is eating. But either way I think we are meant to think it is her butt. Believe it or not I was more outranged, not by the ass-eating but by the fact that in the next scene we see Desi kiss Clementine hello. On the lips. Ass-breath anyone?
N.B: Just so you know, there was no actually butt-to-face contact. Alison Williams, who plays Marnie told Entertainment Weekly the following:
“I had a couple of days talking to wardrobe and makeup to get ready to rig the thing that I wore for the ass motorboating. It was an engineering achievement! I would manufacture it if more than one person a year needed it. [Laughs] It was so elaborate—it involved Spanx that we cut away and glued down and involved menstrual pads and two of those weird thongs. I’ve had to do scenes like this twice now.
Even female rappers like Lil Kim and Nikki Minaj have alluded to their love of receiving analingus in their lyrics, with Kim claiming: "He be looking kinda fruity, but he still could lick the booty". And in her hit song Anaconda, Minaj raps about a man who "[tosses] salad like his name Romaine" and in Dance sings: "Somebody point me to the best ass eater."
The infamous Chris Brown Instragram'd a picture of himself licking a woman’s behind with the caption "Eat da booty! #idgt [I don't get tired] lol." Not surprisingly the picture was deleted soon after.
But ass-eating is not new. Especially not when it comes to referring to it lyrically. Thanks to Salon.com I discovered that even Mozart wrote a song about the art of analingus titled “Leck mich im Arsch,” Or in English: Lick my ass. It went a little something like this: “Lick my ass nicely / lick it nice and clean. Come on, just try it / And lick, lick, lick!”. Sorry Nicki, Mozart beat you to the punch.
Though if you are going to lick someone’s pooper, there are a few simple guidelines. Shower, shave and sheath. Sam Phillips of LA Weekly advises firstly cleaning out the butthole to be licked thoroughly then shaving the area. She also recommends using protection, like a dental dam, to prevent any actual ass-mouth contact in order to prevent diseases or infection. In that case you could really lick almost anything if it’s covered in sterile plastic!
So there you have it. Analingus is hip. All the cool people are doing it. Ass is the new black. Or as porn star Asa Akira declared recently in an interview with The Daily Dot “Culturally, ass is the new pussy.”