Let’s Talk About Sex Scenes! Part II: Doggie Style

“Hey! Not without protection!”

Anyone who’s read an MM romance or two knows that there’s a wide variety of positions possible for an enterprising couple. With so many options available, the prevalence of doggie style as a position in explicit scenes might be surprising. Perhaps not as surprising, however, as this statistic: over 50 percent of gay men are estimated to use doggie style exclusively. Just what makes this position so popular? An examination of the ways it’s been used in ManLove might provide us with some enlightening (and enticing!) clues…

 “Hands and knees right here.”Cowboys and Pearls, Lynn Stark

As the above quote illustrates, the basic position is pretty straightforward, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for ingenuity. Some of the more creative characters in ManLove have indulged in numerous doggie style variations. Rather than kneeling, some characters have bent over a bed, a couch, or in Jana Downs’s Available, a motorcycle. Others opted for a standing position, bracing themselves against a wall or, in Joyee Flynn’s Romance Omega Style, a tree.

 

“Teach me to be your sub.” – Training Ryan, Tatum Throne

Whether it’s a BDSM book or a story with a strong alpha shifter, power plays often occur in erotic romance novels, and doggie style is frequently used in sex scenes when there’s a clear dominant and submissive. Not only does the active partner have a greater range of motion and more control over the speed and depth of his thrusts, but a perfect position from which to spank his lover’s backside, and even admire his rosy handiwork afterward.

 

Zack tightened his grip, resisting the urge to spill all over Ned’s pretty backside. Finding Ned, Sunny Day

The ogling of a nice butt is a trope that’s come up again and again in MM romance. Who could forget when, in Joshua’s Law, Joshua’s insecurities about his “bodalicious booty” disappear under Law’s approving gaze? And doggie style provides ample opportunities for gazing. For a man who loves a good view, sex from behind has a definite aesthetic advantage.

 

Bill’s hands roamed over Angelo’s body freely, as if they truly were lovers, softly caressing him, arousing him, driving him to a fever pitch. – My Guardian Angelo, Stormy Glenn

Not all ManLove characters like what they see in doggie style, and it’s not uncommon for a character to request to see his lover’s face, especially on an intimate occasion. However, as the above quote suggests, the eyes aren’t the only gateway to intimacy. A loving touch can do the trick just as well, and explicit scenes with doggie style benefit from the range of motion the penetrating partner has with his hands free to explore.

 

Writers and readers, what do you think? Are positions that allow for eye contact more intimate or does it depend on the characters and the scene?

By Jamie Beckett, Staff Contributor

 

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One comment

  1. E.A. Reynolds /

    I prefer to write face to face scenes because they are more intimate. However if I am feeling playful or want a character to appear more dominant than the other, I will go to doggystyle.