Of course, oral sex has not always enjoyed such a good reputation. Even today, many religions have condemned it as unnatural and immoral practice. However, we can infer that people have never stopped doing it, despite the possibility of legal consequences. In fact, even now it is now illegal in some parts of the world, and in some U.S. states it was illegal until 2003.
There are several reasons why these taboos exist: in part because oral sex is not directly related to reproduction, conflicts with the heteronormative doctrine of the church, or because the sexual organs were seen as shameful and dirty. More than one scholar has argued that the rise of this activity may be related to our hygiene practices, which of course, have changed a bit since the 13th century. Taboos which condemned homosexuality have also helped turn this small way to make life sweeter for everyone, whether homosexual or heterosexual, into a highly controversial practice.
This taboo is still very much in force especially in parts of Africa and the Islamic world. Clean, legal, or convicted and dirty, historical records indicate that it’s been around for ages. Just think about it: if an activity is prohibited by law, it is likely many people do it, and of course, if you dig a little, you will find many cases of people who have faced prison terms or even death for performing oral sex.
In the 20th century, the sexual revolution began to change attitudes towards oral sex. Bathing everyday became common, and there were movies like “Deepthroat” and songs like “Flower” by Liz Phair and of course, the unforgettable Monica Lewinsky scandal that have made oral sex part of the common consciousness. The only step left? Well, there is a common yet unfortunate tendency to understand oral sex as a way to pay tribute to the male shaft, but of course, oral sex does not have to be so, giving is as pleasurable as receiving, whatever gender you might be. Rent apartments in Rome and enjoy a historic session of 69 with your lover.