|See also:||Seme, Uke, Yaoi, Born to Bottom, Lubrication, Safe Sex and Fandom, Prostate Introduction|
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In fanworks, the term anal sex is usually reserved for penetrative sex involving a penis and an anus; rimming, pegging, object insertion and other sexual activities involving the ass/anal area usually get their own specific descriptors (and loving descriptions) and/or header information.
In many slash stories, anal sex is presented as "the ultimate" or the only "truly meaningful" sexual act between the characters being paired, with far less emotional or sexual-intimacy weight given to other sexual activities like blowjobs, frottage and handjobs, or any other kind of non-penetrative penis-in-genital-area-orifice sex.
The partner doing the penetrating in anal sex is known as the top, and the receptive partner as the bottom. Some fans have particular preferences for who bottoms and who tops in a pairing. Yaoi fandom uses seme for top and uke for bottom. The order of the names in a yaoi pairing indicates who tops; for example "Light x L" is not the same as "L x Light"! "L x Light x L" indicates that both characters take turns topping and bottoming in a fic, also known as "switching".
Fans' actual perspectives on anal sex and related activities, both in fic and reality, appear to vary widely.
- How Can Gay Buttsex Be Heterosexist? (2012)
- Sex Tips for Slash Writers devotes a NSFW page, Minotaur's guide to gay anal sex (1999)
- For instance:
"1, 2, 3... GO! At this point, the stretching prior to anal sex has been fetishized to the point of being dull, or perhaps some authors feel they have to include the info as if it's some sort of safety tip. I end up thinking... is this sex, or a proctology exam? (Note also that the recent Joy of Gay Sex recommended not using more than one finger, and definitely not using a scissoring motion, which might create tears. More than you wanted to know? Oh well.) In other news, Miriam, Resonant, and Beth have even composed an ode to this topic:
Miriam: One finger. two finger. Red finger. Blue finger. Yadda yadda.
Resonant: Would you do it with your friend?
Resonant: Would you do it in the end?
Beth: (X-Files) Would you do it with a Fox? Would you both use uncut cocks?
Beth: Touch it, touch it, you will see...
Beth: Use the lube and 'one, two, three!'
Resonant: Dr. Seuss's Guide to Anal Sex."
from The Big List of Small Dogs (Accessed 29 Jan 2012)
- The INAPPROPRIATELY-TITLED PANAL! survey results compilation post by mrsronweasley, 5 April 2011. (Accessed 29 Jan 2012)