Missionary Positions

@article{Priest2001MissionaryP,
  title={Missionary Positions},
  author={Robert J. Priest},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={2001},
  volume={42},
  pages={29 - 68}
}
  • R. Priest
  • Published 1 February 2001
  • Current Anthropology
In the late 1960s and early 1970s the missionary position became widespread as a technical expression for facetoface manontop sexual intercourse. It was accompanied by standard (and undocumented) stories as to the origin of the expression, stories featuring missionaries and either Polynesians, Africans, Chinese, Native Americans, or Melanesians. By the late 1980s and 1990s the expression had become a core symbol in modernist and postmodernist moral discourses. This paper examines accounts of… Expand
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