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In human sexuality, a threesome is any sexual activity that involves three people at the same time. [1] [2] Though threesome most commonly refers to casual sexual activity involving three participants[ citation needed ], it may also apply to a long-term domestic relationship, such as polyamory or a ménage à trois. [1]

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A threesome is a form of group sex, but involving only three people. It may occur more frequently in private situations, such as spontaneous sexual activity among three friends, or arranged in a community of like-minded swingers or planned as a once-only experience; [3] and rarely in anonymous settings, such as at orgies or other sex parties. Some couples use a threesome as a way to develop a love triangle ( ménage à trois ). [4]

A threesome is a common element of sexual fantasy, [1] and it is commonly depicted in pornography.

Types

The people in a threesome may be of any gender and sexual orientation. Each participant may engage in any type of sex act with one or both of the others, such as vaginal, anal or oral sex or mutual masturbation. One or more of the participants may engage in autoerotic sexual activity, such as masturbation, possibly without physical contact with the other participants. It is a matter of subjective definition whether participation of a third person without physical contact constitutes a threesome. This may relate to fetishes such as voyeurism or cuckolding. Lucky Pierre is slang for a person performing both receptive and insertive anal and/or vaginal sex simultaneously during a threesome, being positioned between the two partners.[ citation needed ]

A heterosexual threesome may involve two men and a woman, for example, in double penetration, or two women and a man. A bisexual threesome may involve a man having sex with a man and a woman, the woman having sex with a man and a woman, or all three having sex with each other. A homosexual threesome would involve either three men or three women. Other possibilities are possible, such as a man having sex with two women who are having sex with each other. [4]

Sex positions

Threesome sexual activity may take place in a number of sex positions; for example, the following:

Media

Threesome scenes are featured in various films and TV series, including Summer Lovers (1982), Threesome (1994), Wild Things (1998), American Psycho (2000), [5] Zoolander (2001), Y Tu Mamá También (2001), Ken Park (2002), The Dreamers (2003), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Shame (2011), On the Road (2012), Savages (2012), Spring Breakers (2012), Knock Knock (2015), Love (2015), [6] and You Me Her (2016–2020).

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<i>Ménage à trois</i> Romantic relationship with three partners

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Fingering (sexual act) The use of fingers to sexually stimulate

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Foursome (group sex)

A foursome is a form of group sex involving four people of any gender combination.

Handjob

A handjob is a sex act, performed as either foreplay or as non-penetrative sex, that involves the manual stimulation of a man's penis or scrotum by another person to induce an erection for sexual pleasure, sexual arousal and sometimes resulting in orgasm and ejaculation.

Cunnilingus Oral sex on the vulva or vagina by a sexual partner

Cunnilingus is an oral sex act performed by a person on the vulva or vagina of another person. The clitoris is the most sexually sensitive part of the human female genitalia, and its stimulation may result in a woman becoming sexually aroused or achieving orgasm.

References

  1. 1 2 3 Suzanne G. Frayser, Thomas J. Whitby (1995). Studies in Human Sexuality: A Selected Guide. Libraries Unlimited. pp. 340–341. ISBN   1563081318 . Retrieved October 3, 2013.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. Tasha R. Howe (2011). Marriages and Families in the 21st Century: A Bioecological Approach. John Wiley & Sons. p. 109. ISBN   978-1405195010 . Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  3. Marie Claire, September 10, 2011: How I Planned a Ménage à Trois
  4. 1 2 Shere Hite, The Hite Report: The sexual experience of women, Munich, 1989
  5. American Psycho threesome scene . Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  6. Hoarde, Peter. "The 10 Most Memorable Threesome Scenes in Movies". Complex.com. Retrieved 29 September 2018.

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