What Is Analingus?

Analingus is the act of using the mouth and tongue to kiss, lick, and suck on or around the anus.
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Q: What Is Analingus?
A: Merriam-Webster describes analingus as the “erotic stimulation achieved by contact between mouth and anus.” 

Kudos to them for staying hip with the times.

Also known as rimming, a rim job, ass eating, or salad tossing, using the mouth and tongue to kiss, lick, and suck on or around the anus are all popular methods of external butt play.

The act of rimming also refers to the practice of inserting the tongue inside the anus.

One thing you might have noticed when searching “rim jobs” on the internet — and don’t act like you haven’t or you wouldn’t be here, folks — are the various spellings for analingus.

For the record: the proper spelling is “anilingus,” first coined in the book, Psychopathia Sexualis, written in 1886 by sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing.

However, “analingus” and even “analinguis” will still turn up results, with the former being the most popular variation of all, so no worries if spelling has never been your strong suit.

You’re in the right place, regardless of how you got here.

In this article, we’ll talk about:

Is Analingus Safe?

Yes and no. With the proper safety precautions, anyone can enjoy giving and receiving this form of pleasure.

Because the anus is prone to bacterial infections that come from the transmission of fecal matter (think salmonella and E. coli), this kind of sexual activity comes with its own set of risks.

Tossing salad is an act that can transmit STDs like chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, and HPV, to name a few.

If the giver has open sores, cuts, or abrasions inside or around his/her mouth, that could increase the odds of giving or receiving an infection.

Simple steps like using dental dams, condoms, thoroughly cleaning the area, and getting an STD test are all ideal ways to clear the path for the enjoyment of both parties.

Speaking of enjoyment…

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What Does Eating Ass Taste Like?

The answer to this question can vary, especially when men put in their two cents on the subject.

Common responses include but are not limited to: tasting like skin with a touch of sweat, a tad bitter, or having no taste at all.

The flavor is generally going to be influenced by factors relating to the hygiene of the recipient.

Analingus is going to taste differently when performed on a person who’s fresh out of the shower compared to someone who just came home from work, the gym, or who has been out running errands all day.

There are a lot of misconceptions about anal, and one of the most common misconceptions is that stimulating this area orally will leave you with a shitty aftertaste (pun intended).

Despite what comes out of the anus, this is not where fecal matter is stored.

As long as the anal area has been properly cleaned and the timing is right — rimming probably isn’t a good idea right after a meal — ass eating shouldn’t taste like anything out of the ordinary.

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How Common Is Analingus & Why Do People Enjoy Eating Ass

Because of underreporting, it’s challenging to find a large body of hard numbers and statistics that reference how many people perform or receive analingus.

The studies that have been conducted over the past decade or two do show indications that both men and women are becoming more comfortable seeking out this form of erotic pleasure.

Even though the anus itself is a small part of the body, it is a highly sensitive erogenous zone, thanks to an abundance of nerve endings.

As to why people enjoy eating ass, some people are turned on by the idea of doing something “taboo,” while others simply love the taste or the act itself, obtaining pleasure from satisfying their partners in such an intimate way.

Bottom Line: 

Thanks to memes and even songs touting that one’s “gotta eat the booty like groceries,” analingus isn’t just something more people are talking about, it’s something more people are exploring and enjoying.

If you’ve been curious about trying backdoor lovin’, there’s no time like the present to join the booty bandwagon.