Hi! I am currently finishing up my Bachelor thesis in Evolutionary psychology, and I wonder if you have any further comments on rimming/analingus? I am theorizing that, due to heightened personal hygiene and lowered response to items related to pathogen disgust, the act of rimming may have increased. I have read your article in Psychology today (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-sex/201004/rimming-the-curious-couples-guide-oral-anal-play), but I am simply curios whether you have any further comments. Thank you very much.

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  • Michael Castleman says:

    I know of no research on the prevalence of analingus or trends, if any, in its popularity. There may be “heightened personal hygiene and lowered response to items related to pathogen disgust.” Or not. With no credible research, we just don’t know.

    Personally, my own guess is that we’re looking at a combination of factors:
    • The fairly common depiction of oral-anal in porn, which implies that it’s ok.
    • More discussion of it, which increases some folks’ curiosity.
    • Increased popularity of BDSM, especially since 50 Shades of Grey, in which the sub can be “made to” lick another’s anus.
    • Any maybe others, including your ideas.

    Of course, I’m speculating. But that’s my two cents. Hope it helps.

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