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a position for sexual intercourse; a man and woman lie facing each other with the man on top; so-called because missionaries thought it the proper position for primitive peoples
A position for sexual intercourse in which the man and woman face each other, with the man on top.
Origin: Supposed to have been originated by natives of the Trobriand Islands (who considered it improper)
The missionary position or man-on-top position is a sex position in which a woman lies on her back and a man lies on top of her while they face each other and engage in sexual intercourse or other sexual activity. Though the sex position is commonly associated with heterosexual sexual activity, it may also be used by gay or lesbian couples. The missionary position may involve sexual penetration or non-penetrative sex, and its penile-vaginal aspect is an example of ventro-ventral reproductive activity. Variations of the position allow varying degrees of vaginal tightness, clitoral stimulation, depth of penetration, participation on the part of the woman, and the likelihood and speed of orgasm. A common subject of debate is that the term "missionary position" arose in response to Christian missionaries, who taught that the position was the only proper way to engage in sexual intercourse; this explanation has been called a myth in some scholarly texts, with one argument being that it probably originated from Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male through a confluence of misunderstandings and misinterpretations of historical documents. Tuscans refer to the position as "The Angelic Position" while some Arabic-speaking groups call it "the manner of serpents."
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