The Kama-sutra or the abuse of position (s)


Has the Kama-sutra gone out of fashion? It’s possible. Since 2004, Google searches associated with this word have been divided by 15 in France, and by 10 worldwide. No particular event is associated with this tumble: the curve slowly and inexorably collapses. Just as our passion for sexual positions collapses: interest divided by 40, flat encephalogram.

Younger people might find it hard to believe it, but when I was a teenager (RIP the 1990s), positions were THE big deal. We exchanged accounts (largely imaginary) of our sexual prowess: how many positions did we know, found in which magazine, interviews in which film? (I would point out that some humans are born without the Internet.) Have we tried the drunken boat, the wheelbarrow, the lotus? Could we imagine any new ways to reach orgasm (or break your back)?

It must be said that the previous generation had carefully prepared the ground. The author Frédéric Dard, under the pseudonym San-Antonio, had sprinkled in 1949 his novels with wacky sexual inventions: “The crank-can opener, the snoring top, the Mongolian palanquin, the Bulgarian song, the jump of death, the pianiss of Warsaw, the tailor’s chisel, the knuckles down, the feather duster, Indian dance, Greek rascality… ” (the list goes on for two pages, to be savored in At the rombières ball). In 1968, Gainsbourg sang 69, erotic year. In 1986, in his cult album The 110 pills, the cartoonist Magnus introduced comics fans “The spiral staircase, the corkscrew, the saddle of the Moor, the girandole, the pivot, the grid, the faithful divorce, the small cage …”

Same passion in Anglo-Saxon countries, since in 1972, the English author Alex Comfort entered for 70 consecutive weeks in the top 5 of the bestsellers of the New York Times with its manual The joys of sex… Essentially devoted, you guessed it, to positions.

From fascination to indifference

It is in the light of these successes that we must observe the current situation: in half a century, we have gone from fascination to almost total indifference. Including among the supporters of contemporary pornography: on Pornhub as well as on Youporn and XVideos (the three biggest platforms of X), there is simply no category related to sexual positions.

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Are we bored? Well, there would be something. You have certainly come across the homo, solo, vibro Kama-sutra in bookstores, available as a daily challenge, Advent calendar, coloring book, intended for cats, dogs or frogs, not to mention versions devoid of any connection with the sauerkraut: the Kama-sutra in chocolate or in toilet paper, the Kama-sutra of fitness, Brittany or cooking recipes, and as one progresses in the embarrassment, the versions Caca-sutra, Karma- sutra, Cookie-sutra …

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