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While there are some sex positions that are resounding favorites — girl on top, anyone? — a few have undeservedly shoddy reputations. The reasoning behind why people turn their noses up at the following positions varies, but the good news is, they can each be a whole lot of fun if you just do a little experimenting. When you try them out, it's like you're a sex scientist conducting research on what makes these seven positions explosive, aka the most fun job ever.
Poor missionary. This go-to move reigns supreme when it comes to underrated sex positions, but for no good reason. Think about it: you get the eye contact, the full-body closeness, and you can even work some clitoral stimulation in there if you put your minds— and bodies— to it. The magic element is the Coital Alignment Technique (CAT), which requires whomever you're having sex with to scoot their body up so they're riding a little bit higher. That means they'll have to rub their body in a downward motion at the beginning of each thrust to properly line up your parts, which translates into plenty of clitoral action for you.
2. Missionary with a pillow under your butt.
Such a simple change can take missionary from, "Yeah, I guess that feels pretty good" to, "Holy hell, I'm about to propose to you because of what you're doing to me." Placing a pillow underneath you during missionary helps adjust the angle of your hips, which makes it easier for your partner to make consistent contact with your G-spot.
It's OK if you've abstained from this one, leaving it behind to fond memories of your high school years. Really, who wants to incorporate something synonymous with "humping" into their adult sex life? Still, as unsexy as its various names may be, this can be a winner because it offers up a lot of clitoral stimulation, which many women need in order to orgasm. Beyond that, if you're the one moving against your partner, you're in total control of the pressure and speed, which can ultimately help you feel more satisfied. Pat yourself on the back for taking your pleasure into your own hands.
4. Hand jobs.
It's not technically a sex position, but the maligned hand job is underrated enough to deserve a spot on this list. People wonder why any woman would give a hand job a shot if a man could just do it himself, and very well at that. A few points of contention: 1. Women tend to have super-soft hands, and men often do not. 2. Watching your hands explore what basically amounts to an outward manifestation of his ego is a sexual experience in and of itself. 3. The element of surprise. A guy knows what's coming next when he's servicing himself, but when you're at the helm? Not so much. Next time one of your friends doubts the merits of giving a hand job, you'll have a fitting rebuttal.
It's unfairly relegated to the realm of lazy sex, or sometimes even of sweet sex that lacks excitement. There's nothing wrong with that, but it ignores a lot of spooning's potential. While it can be wonderfully romantic, things can get much hotter when the little spoon bends forward at the waist, creating more thrusting leverage (and a very happy big spoon, thanks to the sexy view of the little spoon's back and butt).
6. Modified doggy style.
When you want a rough session that makes you feel like you're a sex goddess of the highest order, doggy style clearly fits the bill. The thing is that some women don't like it because not facing each other can make it seem impersonal, which is totally fair. Luckily, you can infuse this position with some romance if you start off by assuming regular doggy position, then both lean back and sit up. That way you're nestled in between your partner's thighs, their hands can roam freely around your body, and you can turn your head to kiss as much as you want while still benefitting from this position's G-spot attention.
7. Reverse cowgirl.
...What are you supposed to look at? Your partner's feet? The wall? How are you supposed to thrust? Up and down? Back and forth? The answer to these and any other pressing reverse cowgirl questions: trial and error. Reverse cowgirl is often under-appreciated because it can be tough to get it right logistically, but when you do, you might be rewarded with plenty of G-spot induced shivers. It's actually also great that it requires so much experimentation in terms of angles and movements— all that figuring things out helps you determine what it is you really like, so next time you go at it you can skip the questions and get right to the good stuff. And if you're worried about putting your derriere front and center, fear not. Anyone who's lucky enough to take in such a view will only be thinking one thing.