You might want to sit down for this: Inside the "face-sitting" fetish

U.K. activists are fighting a ban on face-sitting porn, which is all the excuse I need to write a primer on the act

By Tracy Clark-Flory

Published December 10, 2014 11:59PM (EST)

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Can we talk about face-sitting? Because I’ve just been gifted the perfect news hook (read: excuse) to do just that. As you have perhaps heard, the U.K. is restricting pornography featuring certain sexual acts, including fisting and female ejaculation. Now, protesters are planning to sit on each other's faces -- another act banned by the new rules -- in front of Parliament on Friday. Call it a face-sit-in. Call it totally freaking brilliant.

As I’ve watched this news circulate, it’s become clear to me that many folks are unclear about what, exactly, face-sitting is, despite its straightforward hit-you-over-the-head-with-it (so to speak) descriptive name. First, allow me to turn to Jay Wiseman’s “Erotic Bondage Handbook,” which defines this “popular form of female-dominant play” as “sitting or squatting over the bottom’s face so that the top’s anal or genital area is pressed against the bottom’s face.” (Face-sitting isn’t restricted to women, mind you, but a woman sitting on a man's face does seem to be it’s most common incarnation, according to the Internet.)

If that doesn’t give you a visual to work with, feel free to consult these NSFW but oh-so-quaint historical depictions -- I’ll wait here, naively hopin...

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