by Zahra Barnes | Women’s Health
It’s highly likely that you have a ranking of your favorite sex positions. Maybe girl on top makes you feel like the hottest cowgirl-goddess hybrid at the rodeo but doggy style just ends with your cervix feeling like one giant bruise. It’s the same for guys; here’s a glimpse inside a man’s mind when you’re getting it on.
“It’s classic. I like starting this way the most, so it has the added benefit of being associated with the feeling of first entry. There’s nothing like slipping into her warm wetness down there. It makes me think there’s a reason humans evolved to have sex this way. Plus, if I get too close to coming early, I can just think about the name of the position, and it keeps me from going over the edge. Missionary: sexy position, unsexy name.” —Sam J.
“Good old faithful. Though I think missionary is over-used, it serves several good purposes. It’s the position where I feel most in control of what is going on, probably partially due to my familiarity with it since it’s over-used. When I have that control, I’m more capable of making myself orgasm, and I’m all for orgasms. It’s also a good go-to position when you are working with inexperienced girls. They feel more comfortable when you’re on top doing the work. The drawback is that women sometimes feel like their role here is to just lie back and enjoy. As much as I love seeing a woman’s face as she experiences pleasure, so much more can be done while you’re on your back. Just because you’re on your back doesn’t mean you’re out of the fight. You have hands, lips, a voice, etc.” —Adam K.
“This is obviously a go-to. I use it if I’m trying to draw things out. My problem with missionary is that it seems that the ladies can’t do much to change up the tightness down there by squeezing, and I can’t do anything fancy from this position. It’s really good when you’re feeling romantic and want to do the whole eye-contact thing, especially when you finish.” —Nathaniel Z.
“This is the most mercurial of all positions. It can be terrible, but it can also be out-of-this-world intimate. Looking into the eyes of your lover and seeing either ecstasy or embarrassment is truly a moment of trust and fear. It’s great for your first round of sober sex or after you said ‘I love you.’” —Cal A.
“This feels rough and dirty to me, in a good way. I really like it because of the view of her whole back. Plus, the slapping sound this position makes can be really sexy in the right context. Maybe not the right pick for a super romantic night, though.” —SJ
“Doggy style forfeits a bit of the control aspect of missionary style in exchange for a wonderful view. Not much better things to look at than a woman’s ass as you penetrate her. There is something sexy and animalistic about making love to someone this way. Some people say it makes you feel powerful, but I don’t think that’s the right word. I think it’s feral.” —AK
“Fantastic. It’s not just her butt slapping against me but the access to her boobs if I lean forward, a nice view of her butt, and the ability to grab and thrust hard—and in any angle I want. I love the control. I think this is the most visceral, and it appeals to the animal in all of us. Plus, how long and hard you can go? C’mon!” —NZ
“This is the most dominant position for a guy there is. I control the pace, depth, and the girl in general. Spanking, squealing, and hair pulling are highly encouraged and a major ego boost. I would hope she enjoys it when my balls smack against her clitoris repeatedly. It’s great for drunk Saturday nights.” —CA
Girl on Top
“This is my favorite position. It feels like I go really deep when I thrust up, while she can always back away and maintain control so I don’t have to worry about, uh, overdoing it. There are so many good places to put my hands: cupping her face, caressing her boobs, just pulling her in from her sides and back as she rides…wow.” —SJ
“Ever since Game of Thrones came out, this position reminds me of Daenerys. You know, the scene where Khal Drogo tries to have sex doggy style but she stops him and says, ‘Tonight, I will look upon your face.’ I love a girl that likes being on top. It shows confidence, and it makes my attraction for her grow. Though I rarely can orgasm from this position, it does help me reach orgasm later because it makes me feel way more attracted to my sexual partner.” —AK
“I love it for the view, and bouncing boobs are hot. But how much can you enjoy sex when you’re thinking about how weird it’s going to be next time you see your neighbors who live below you? Cowgirl seems loudest because a vertical bounce shakes the floor. With the others, I can kind of brace my weight so it doesn’t sound like we’re playing basketball.” —NZ
“Girl on top is a great position because it’s an awesome show, like Cirque du Soleil. I don’t have to do anything except watch everything bounce. I can be lazy but still have the power to surprise with a thrust. Mainly, I let the girl do the work while she is gyrating on top of me. It’s great for Sunday mornings.” —CA
“Combining the view of doggy style with the deepness and excitement of woman on top! What could possibly go wrong? My dick, that’s what. It’s just not that flexible. Okay, I can enjoy this position gently, but how many ladies really want to be gentle if they’re requesting reverse cowgirl?” —SJ
“I don’t have much experience with this one. The view is great, and it’s something different, which adds to its sex appeal. It’s a less feral version of doggy style. I believe part of the reason I’m not all for it is that I haven’t been with a woman who does it well. Perhaps—and hopefully—that will change.” —AK
“I’m not a fan. If she starts getting into it and gets over-ambitious in the height of her bounce, my penis could fall out. That could be a medical emergency for my junk if she comes down hard and something happens. Any time I get a mental image of my dick breaking, it kills the mood.” —NZ
“It’s a little more complex than girl-on-top, but I can still slide in easily. I like that my hands are free to spank, grab, and help out. It’s not necessarily a favorite, but can be timed so you both climax together.” —CA
“This is tricky if I don’t want to be big spoon. Seriously though, spooning is great and really brings out the intimacy in sex. When so much of your body is pressed against hers, the friction is super hot.” —SJ
“I guess you could have sex from the spooning position, but I honestly haven’t done it much. I’m not too into spooning in the cuddling realm, either. Actually, when it comes to spooning, I prefer being the little spoon, which I’m sure is not the norm, but whatever.” —AK
“Where is the leverage? There’s nothing to press off of. I can’t keep this going more than 10 or 20 thrusts.” —NZ
“This one’s great because I can do long, slow strokes as a tease, and I like that my hands and mouth are free to seduce her. I see it as mainly the second act of foreplay before moving on. I love the sensation, hate the work, respect the outcome and process. It’s ideal for Wednesday night date night.” —CA
“One of my favorite positions is where I am standing on the edge of the bed and my partner is lying down. I basically hold her legs apart and thrust while I am standing. Great view of everything for both people. She gets to see my body working to please her, and I get to see her flexible legs spread out in front of me and her breasts bouncing back and forth as I thrust. Sweet memories.” —AK
“Spooning is a fantastic transition position into my favorite: guy on top, both face-down, like lying-down doggy style. This gives full boob access, an easy reach to the clitoris if you’re feeling it, and she can tighten or loosen up how it feels down there easily from that position. It’s the best way to finish, too.” —NZ
“My favorite position is what I call the koala/monkey pick-up. It’s the most carnal thing I can do. Picking her up, slamming her against a wall, and thrusting is a monster boost to both parties. It shows I’m strong and feels great when I finish because of the strain. It’s perfect in the shower.” —CA
This article originally appeared in Women’s Health Magazine, What Each Sex Position Feels Like for Guys.