What was my data collection strategy? I couldn't very well record EVERY sex act, I wanted to have time to read too, so I went with the first incidence of anal sex in which a character bottoms. So in some books I would have two positions to record and in other only one. And of course in some shorts none at all but I didn't count that because I assume the characters have sex at some point, they are just being totally rude and refusing to allow me to watch. Bastards.
I only came across six basic positions, I decided bent over a desk or bent over a couch, was pretty much the same thing. I got:
- face-to-face (lying down)
- guy on top
- standing from behind
- sitting (similar to guy on top)
- hands and knees or on stomach
Statistically how was it? Out of 34 recorded acts:
16 face-to-face (47%)
7 hands and knees (21%)
4 standing behind (12%)
3 on top (9%)
2 standing face-to-face (6%)
2 sitting (6%)
So the question is, what does this tell us? Well, I'm assuming since we are reading romance, the face-to-face position is most prevalent because it tends to be more intimate, having eye contact and the ability to kiss more easily during sex making it more "romantic". In fact two or three of the books using hands and knees specifically noted that the character used it as a mechanism to maintain a distance with his sexual parter. In the books where there was a switch for the partners, not that many actually - probably because of all the shorts I've been reading, no time - in only one case was the second sex act the same position. So I guess that falls into the need to mix-it-up category, despite the implied intimacy of a face-to-face encounter.
Anyway, I wasn't overly surprised by the results I found. I assumed a majority would be the face-to-face encounter. I personally find reading it does add an element of "romantic love" to a scene, or it can, but I like variety too.
I'm not tracking anything in December with trying to keep up with the new blog and Christmas and my trip and ... Yeah. Busy busy. However I'm thinking January I might keep track of what their first sexual interaction is beyond kissing. Do blow jobs and hand jobs usually precede the buttsecks or is that an m/m romance myth? My life is tough huh? ;-)
Have a great weekend everyone.