At least once in our lives, we all have (or at some point, we will have) experienced an awkward sexual encounter. Talking during sex is not something that’s unheard of, we all do it even within the thin walls of our downtown apartments and it’s normal–so I thought.
But did you know there’s an epidemic of silent sex going on?
My understanding some millennials tend to avoid making much noise or talking during sex because they worry about saying something their partner doesn’t like. So they settle for quiet sex because it seems like the lesser of two evils.
Well I’m here to tell my young readers, talking or sex talk is a great skill to learn because it brings a liveliness into the bedroom in so many ways. It keeps you present in the moment. It develops your communication abilities. It taps into your primal nature. It connects you to your sense of pleasure, and can actually help you feel even more turned on. And there are plenty of ways to do it without feeling like a dumbass. Here are my thoughts.
In college I had a roommate that was very vocal in the bedroom — but hated herself for it. She said (yelled / screamed) the things she thought her boyfriend wanted to hear. I think this is where a lot of people go wrong with sex talk. You don’t need to play a role or pretend to be someone you’re not durung sex. Give yourself permission to just be you in the bedroom. For example, don’t use words that make your stomach turn, and don’t try to use filthy language if you’re a more modest person. Be authentic.
If you’re completely new to talking during sex, it’s going to feel uncomfortable at first. It’s OK to be a little awkward! Learning something new is always challenging. You don’t want to force yourself to talk never the less even talk dirty if you’re genuinely not interested in it, but I think it’s important to note that you’re never going to improve any aspect of your life unless you push yourself a bit. Embrace your growing pains.
You can actually start talking on your own–yes this may seem comical but hey, whatever it takes to get you there find it. The idea of practicing “sex talk” may sound stupid, but it’s actually an easy way to figure out what your comfort levels are, what words you like, and how sex talk affects you.
If you feel particularly bashful, start with moaning first. Let out a few sighs or groans, or breathe heavily. Try saying a few simple things like “that feels good” or “yes.” You can do this while touching your body or masturbating, to get a sense of what it’s like to be verbal when you’re feeling stimulated.
As you’re practicing, try to identify what feels most natural to you. What talk doesn’t immediately make you burst into laughter or cringe in embarrassment? Are you more comfortable saying “dick” or “penis”–wait don’t say “penis” that is awkward.
Does moaning feel better than talking? Do you like being more playful and teasing, or more serious and erotic? If you find things that feel uncomfortable, practice saying them a few times before declaring them not your style.
Crap this is my stop, I have to go…
Question: Do you feel comfortable talking during sex?
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