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Is Oral Sex Really Sex?

Sex, as defined in the Merriam Webster Dictionary, is “sexually motivated phenomena or behavior.” According to that definition, oral sex would be considered sex. After all, it is certainly sexually motivated behavior. But not everyone thinks so. Many teens and young adults don’t consider oral sex to really be sex. One study found that only about 20 percent of college students classified oral sex as sex. Most saw it as foreplay; actual penetration, whether vaginally or anally, was considered sex.

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