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Is the term "to go down on" gender-specific?

Asked by nikipedia (27526points) June 30th, 2008

Please settle this debate between me and an uninformed companion. It would also be helpful if you could cite your approximate age.

EDIT: Approximate geographic location would be helpful as well. Thanks, all.

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26 Answers

woodlandanimals's avatar

nope, works both ways

soundedfury's avatar

Yes, it is. At least in my generation (I am 31 years old), the term “go down on” refers to oral sex on a woman, just as “giving head” refers to oral sex on a man.

I’m sorry that your generation doesn’t have the fortitude to keep it up.

richardhenry's avatar

@soundedfury: I’m 18, and share the same understanding of the term. Perhaps only nikipedia was left behind. :)

jrpowell's avatar

I use it for both genders and I am 30.

damien's avatar

I’m 22 and use it for both.

soundedfury's avatar

I don’t understand the confusion.

If it’s on a man, you’re technically going up and down. If it’s on a woman, you’re really just going down (and probably staying there for a while – bring a book, just in case).

jlm11f's avatar

Not gender specific. 19 years old, ohio.

osullivanbr's avatar

@soundedfury
I find tattooing her inner thigh while she’s sleeping (possibly sedated) works better. If she catches you with a book down there, well, it just won’t be pretty.

As for the question, I would have used it for both.

29 from the land of Leprechauns.

jballou's avatar

not gender specific at all. It is a euphemism for oral sex in general.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

It’s changed over the years, but on Wikipedia they say “Oral sex consists of all sexual activities that involve the use of the mouth, which may include use of the tongue, teeth, and throat, to stimulate genitalia. Cunnilingus refers to oral sex performed on a woman and fellatio refers to oral sex performed on a man”. So in today’s world oral can refer to anyone.

PupnTaco's avatar

I’m 43 and I use it for both sexes.

But I only go down on one.

dragonflyfaith's avatar

I’ve heard the phrase used for both genders. Oh, and I’m 24.

jlm11f's avatar

Also, according to the most popular answer on urbandictionary ( 403 positive votes), the term is not gender specific.

marinelife's avatar

Definitely not gender specific. I am middle-aged and grew up on the East Coast and lived most of my adult life on the West Coast.

elchoopanebre's avatar

Case closed?

Not gender specific.

zanyo1's avatar

I am 31 and do not think it is gender specific.

Allie's avatar

I use “going down on” both ways, but (obviously) “giving head” only for guys.
20. California.

judochop's avatar

no. 33. Male. West coast, USA. Is it really a debate?

gailcalled's avatar

Yes, altho no one ever said it outloud until I was in my 40’s – now I am 71 and everyone says it. East coast – all major cities but DC and now a sophisticated rural area 2 hrs N. of NYC.

richardhenry's avatar

Okay, I’ll start using it for guys then.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I use both “going down on” and “giving head” in a non-gender-specific manner. I’m 31, grew up in CA, but I’ve lived all over the world.

ebenezer's avatar

I dont think it is even species specific.

Knotmyday's avatar

I really never use the term. I’m not prudish in the least, but I’ve never been able to say it without sounding boorish. Hearing it makes me laugh, thus killing the mood.
I prefer naughtier phrases (when applicable).
Thirties/Arizona.

Standswithacane's avatar

Call it what you will, just pay it forward.

Allie's avatar

standswithacane: Word.

St.George's avatar

Both, west coast, 39

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