Cosmo Sex Tips For Lesbians, Pro and Con

As you may have heard, Cosmopolitan magazine’s website posted a slideshow of 28 Mind-Blowing Lesbian Sex Positions. Each position has its own cartoon illustration (with alternating hot pink and cerulean backgrounds), how-to description and difficulty rating.

Cosmopolitan has been running sex position listicles of this sort for decades, but this is apparently the first exclusively lesbian-oriented such list.

I’m not fully qualified (disclosure: Daze is a straight guy) to evaluate this new list. Then again, I enjoy having sex with women and learning how to blow my girlfriend’s mind, so sex tips by and/or for lesbians are relevant to my interests. I’ve always enjoyed watching lesbians have sex, partly for educational reasons. Many of Cosmo‘s 28 positions involve imaginative ways to bury your face in a female partner’s crotch, which I can totally relate to. So with the obvious proviso that Cosmo is not an ideal reference source on what women (gay or straight) enjoy in bed, I found this slideshow worth a browse.

Cosmo‘s lesbian sex position feature has sparked a miniature culture war. Representing the two poles:

Samantha Allen in The Daily Beast: I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips and They Were Terrible. “The slideshow is all surface, all for show, bearing little resemblance to the sex that actual lesbians have. Much like Cosmo itself, the slideshow is pretty to look at but lacking in substance and utility.”

June Thomas in Slate: Cosmo’s “28 Mind-Blowing Lesbian Sex Positions” is Good for the Gays. “I don’t know if, after studying this slide show, women around the world will attempt the Rockin’ Rockette, the Hot Hair Salon, or even the Lazy Girl’s 69, but I’m certain that a few women will feel more confident in their first same-sex encounters. And that really does blow my mind.”

Yay or nay? Hot or not? Deserving of praise or deserving of mockery? Gotta have it or make it stop? Daze Reader takes no position in this debate, we’ll just sit off to the side and watch and take notes.

There’s probably another quarter debating this slideshow: bigots complaining that Cosmo is promoting the homosexual agenda (shoving it in our faces!) to corruptible young people. I spent a few minutes on Google trying to find an example to link and mock in this post, but I couldn’t find anything. I’m sure it’s out there somewhere, but people who think this way are increasingly being pushed to the fringe, which is nice.