Let’s start this Sex Positivity Blog Hop post with a first kiss.
He smiled at me with so much more intensity than usual and then leaned forward, capturing my lips with his. Warmth spread through my belly, and it wasn’t from the fire he’d built. It was from deep inside me.
I was still somewhat unsure, but when his tongue drifted across my lower lip, I opened to him and dared to lick into his mouth. His lips were warm and soft and wet in the most wonderful way.
It had been ages since I’d kissed someone like this, and it felt completely new.
~Release date: December 24, 2014
Love starts with a kiss.
Or maybe not, in all cases.
One of the Duggars’ kids of TLC fame got married. After the ceremony she and her new husband shared their first kiss. Not their first kiss as a married couple, but their first ever!
They posted a kissing pic on Instagram, which sparked controversy because it was perceived as too steamy. Ma and Pa, wanting to support them, posted their own kissing pic on Facebook where they challenged “all married couples to take a happily married picture and post it…”
Several married same-sex couples posted kissing pics, which have since been deleted. They were called trolls in some articles, despite being legally married and answering the challenge, which is how my attention was drawn to all of this.
So, now people are saying it’s shameful to kiss your partner prior to marrying them?
No. Please don’t sully the kiss.
Kissing is amazing. We learn so much about our partners while kissing. Things like:
- how they feel about give and take
- how they smell and taste
- what they like and dislike
It revs us up and gets our bodies ready for sex and relationship bonds, and we even release endorphins when we kiss.
And sometimes we find out we’re not nearly as attracted to a person after we’ve kissed them. In a study by Hughes, Harrison, and Gallup, Jr., they found 59% of men and 66% of women were no longer attracted to someone post-kiss despite initially finding them appealing. That first kiss is very telling.
This is why I find it so surprising that young couples are being encouraged by their parents to deny themselves kisses. Shouldn’t couples be the ones making these decisions on their own, especially if they are mature and responsible enough to be making a commitment to one another?
What this entire story makes me truly worry about is that for some, kissing is now being put so high up on a pedestal these young people felt compelled to take photos of them kissing and then post it on Instagram to prove it happened. It feels like the ancient practice of snuffing out the candle or hanging the bloodied sheet out the window to prove to the community waiting below that the marriage was consummated.
That’s not a first kiss. That’s a circus.
First kisses can be great, but they can be totally crap too. Get the kiss off the pedestal until after it’s happened, then put it up there so you can look up and say, “Yeah, that was fucking amazing,” even if you did knock teeth and end up with a bruise on your upper lip. Passion happens. Thankfully!
Sex can be magnificent, but creating such outrageously high expectations up front does nothing but set people up for disaster. They may feel as if they failed if they didn’t see stars or bring their partner pleasure or come or any number of other things. Even finding enjoyment in sex can bring shame, which is not a great ingredient to add to a healthy sex life, self esteem, or a relationship.
There are finally resources for those people recovering from purity culture, so please share them. They are fighting a hard battle and need help finding a sex positive culture.
Let’s be honest, having sex on a pedestal is dangerous. 😉
Sex doesn’t have to be magnificent for it to be enjoyable. No need to see stars when a roll in the hay is all you desire. You’re connecting with someone and communicating with them in a way that is unique to only those two… or three people. And that’s a lovely thing!
For people in same-sex or other relationships that have been scorned for ages and forced behind closed doors, I want to see photos of your kisses. First kisses. Sleepy kisses. Good-bye kisses. Married or not, I don’t care.
And not as proof that it happened but as a celebration that it did. People need to see those kisses to help make this a sex positive world. No more deleting!
So does love start with a kiss? It certainly doesn’t have to, but I’m glad I spent hours kissing my husband when we first dated. I think our bond is stronger because of all the time we spent lip to lip. Twenty-three years later, I still want his kiss before I fall asleep at night, before he leaves me to go to work in the morning, and especially after we’ve fought and made up.
Which brings me to an apology kiss+. Sometimes they are the sexiest.
“I’m sorry, Cal. I’m so sorry.” He pressed his words into my skin as he leaned me against the silver maple. Then he kissed me, and there wasn’t anything I could do to resist him—who’d want to resist Philip?—so I kissed him back. He dropped to his knees in the snow, and the maul slipped from my fingers as he unbuttoned my jeans. The cold air on my cock was a shock, but his wet mouth around it immediately warmed me again.
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