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What Does Scissoring Actually Feel Like – Find Out With This Guide to Scissoring

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Guide to Scissoring

You might have heard about the iconic sexual position called scissoring that is frequently showcased in lesbian porn and certainly referenced in-jokes about lesbian sex. The question on a lot of people’s minds is “Do people really scissor?” Although it might not be anything like what you may have seen in “lesbian pornography,” scissoring, or more often tribbing, is actually a sexual position that has been practiced since the dawn of human sexuality. Something to keep in mind is that scissoring is more in reference to the scissors position meaning it is focused more on the position than the act itself. That is why it is important to be able to distinguish between scissoring vs tribbing. In this article, we will take a look at the art of tribbing, the scissor sex move, and the definition and how-to for each.

What is Scissoring?

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In order to define scissoring, we must first define tribbing. Tribbing, which is a much broader term, is a sexual act in which a person with a vulva rubs up against another person’s body in order to get sexual stimulation and pleasure. This is a sexual act that isn’t exclusive to vulva on vulva positioning, and it isn’t exclusive to lesbian sex either. A person with a vulva can try tribbing on any body part and with another person of any gender. Scissoring is a version of tribbing where two people with vulvas come together like two open pairs of scissors so that they are able to rub their vulvas together for sexual pleasure. What is the difference between tribbing and scissoring? Tribbing is more about the act of rubbing up or grinding against another person whereas scissoring is the specific position where two vulva owners fit together like two pairs of scissors.

Why Do Lesbians Scissor?

The “lesbian scissor position” is super easy to come by in the lesbian category on popular porn sites, but how often do lesbian people practice scissor-style sex in everyday life? How do lesbians scissor? Additionally, does scissoring actually feel good? The fact of the matter is that many self-identifying lesbians do enjoy scissoring either as foreplay or the main event, but that truly depends on the person and what they’re into. According to a recent survey of queer folks and lesbian women, almost half of couples within this category scissor on a regular basis. Not all lesbians enjoy scissoring at all, and some prefer different positions for tribbing. Some people like the closeness of the scissoring position and sensation but find it is difficult to maintain or reach orgasm because of the angle. They might then switch to something different like manual or oral stimulation after a while.

It is true that a lot of the scissoring that you may see in the lesbian category of a porn website isn’t a super accurate depiction of what most lesbian sex looks like, however, keep in mind that a lot of porn is this way. Most pornography is made with the straight male gaze in mind, so often times even lesbian pornography is directed to get views and popularity from straight men. Because of this there are many “lesbian porn” videos out there that don’t quite hit the mark for many lesbians. This being said, to each own! Everyone’s sex life is going to be slightly different in terms of what is regularly of interest, what’s an occasional thing, and what was maybe tried once and then discarded.

Tribbing Tips

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Instead of tips about scissoring, it might be more beneficial to learn some tips on tribbing because it is more open for modification to fit your personal needs. What does tribbing feel like?

Tribbing should feel excellent! Just like if someone were to use their fingers to stimulate your vulva, if you’re in control of grinding and rubbing your vulva on someone else’s body it is going to feel perfect. Tribbing can be great because you are in control of your own destiny, and you don’t have to rely on someone else’s movements to get you off while maintaining a really intimate kind of physical contact with your partner. Tribbing doesn’t have to be vulva on vulva, it can be vulva on the hip bone, vulva on the thigh, vulva on the rib cage, and so on. Tribbing can add another layer of enjoyment to your sex life if you try it while you pleasure your partner orally or manually. Whatever the positioning is, you can make it work for you and feel good for you because you’re in control of the movement. You can also spice things up by bringing some additional goodies to the table.

This could mean fun and fancy lubricants or sex toys. It is possible and sometimes super enjoyable to add some penetration to the situation. That will depend on whether your partner is comfortable with that. If the tribbing takes place between two vagina owners either one or both can enjoy penetration with fingers or a strap-on or dildo. If one party is a penis owner they can either penetrate while their partner is using a different part of their body for tribbing or their partner can penetrate them with a dildo. It can get more complicated and potentially a lot more fun if you add more players to the game. Threesomes or group sex can definitely be enhanced with the implementation of tribbing even while other sexual acts are taking place.

So to conclude, we know that scissoring is often mentioned in popular culture and often seen in mainstream pornography, but it isn’t something everyone is in to. Some people love it and do it regularly while other people simply don’t enjoy it enough to put implement it in their sex lives. Some people like the position of scissoring while others enjoy tribbing in different positions. You can add other elements to scissoring or tribbing like touching, kissing and even penetration, and you don’t have to be engaged in “lesbian sex” to enjoy the act of tribbing.

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