Indeed the very fact that I realized I could surprise myself sexually in my late 30s created a buoyancy in my attitude about getting older in general. At all. So it upsets me when Cole offers up observations like this: I understand preferences but it feels so strange to be reduced to a single body part. I forget that some gay men find trans bodies disgusting. Trans bodies are works of art. Cole thinks we have to recognize just how phallocentric the gay world has been, and many men who ID as gay or bi struggle with their own issues around their penis size, look, behavior.
Often their own issues are projected onto trans men who are pre- or non-operative, but it's more part of a bigger issue that affects men in general. All Rights Reserved. Search form Search. The best tops don't necessarily have a penis. Technically I am top. And by that I mean I have never been fucked in the ass. Also putting things in your butt hurts the first few times for the most part.
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My first boyfriend and I dated, on and off, for over eight years. And ecstasy. It was the '90s after all. Also if ever there was a time I was going to bottom, it would have been with him. A few years later I would meet a guy named Jon who changed my life in remarkable ways.
You know the common Grindr script: These days, guys seem to dislike one-word messages because they're economical and efficient and no one likes to be reminded of how they're one of many options. But you are — everyone is. Maybe it's brisk and to-the-point, but I ask "Into? Someone can reply with what sex role they like, list their kinks, or say they're looking for love. At least two men have listed their hanky code colors, which I appreciated.
Start there. This is the same script you'd use to flirt with anyone because trans men are men. I still remember the few times I slipped up and wrongly assumed a trans person's pronouns. The memories still fill me with shame and embarrassment. That's good — now I remember to ask.
Before you have a chance to do so, get comfortable with 'they' and 'them. Doing so might feel awkward at first, but after you get into the practice it will get easier. Doing so is not only respectful of a person's pronouns you don't know — it's also one small step in a massive social movement to challenge binarism and take down archaic notions of gender.
Using gender-neutral pronouns, at least until someone's pronouns are confirmed, is not hard and is something you can do every day. Every 'they' and 'them,' even for people whose gender identity you think is obvious, is a small, vital step in a better direction — one that carves space for genderqueer and nonbinary people. I start talking about sex quickly because I'm bad at flirting. But if asking what words he uses to describe his parts seem a little aggressive, take it down a notch and just flirt.
Compliments about a great smile or beautiful eyes are less threatening and genial. Before having sex with anyone, you probably have a pre-built script about how it's going to go. Lose that.
I had to learn sex with trans men through their patient teaching. One past playmate, in particular, taught me more about my kinks than I knew and pushed me to new levels of understanding with my body. Getting there requires opening your mind and your body to new sensations and silencing the mental playbook you thought you'd use. Every sexual encounter is different because every person is different. You know the three common sex roles — top, bottom, and versatile — that everyone not just cis gay men can be grouped into. There's also a fourth. A couple years ago, The Huffington Post ran a piece by sexpert Joe Kort on gay "sides" — gay men who enjoy sex but do not, for various reasons, like anal penetration.
Gay cis men tend to focus on anal sex as the base requirement of sex — many do not consider other sex acts, like oral sex, to be "sex" at all. As a result, sides often feel embarrassed, ashamed, or left out. But the fact is, anal sex is just one kind of sex, and there are a variety of reasons why one might not find it fun. Some people have health conditions that keep them from enjoying anal sex — others simply don't enjoy it.
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I'm not a big fan of oral sex, and could happily cut it from my repertoire without much concern. Some guys feel the same about anal. Thankfully there is massage, rubbing, mutual masturbation, rimming, licking, fingering, and literally endless non-penetrative kinky sex acts you can do. Sex is a miles-long buffet table — why choose only one thing?
A majority of my experiences with trans men have been dominant-submissive with me as the sub. In none of these encounters did a penis go in my butt — and they were all fun. Some trans men don't want you to play with their vaginas, others do. Everyone has certain kinds of touch they like and certain kinds they don't. You're always allowed to ask what feels good — and you should communicate what feels good to you, too.
If you meet a sexy trans guy in a bathhouse or sex club, you don't have to have a long, sit-down discussion of preferred words, permissible sex acts, and so on. Like everyone else, many trans guys just want to get laid, not have a lengthy conversation beforehand. Keep it casual — play and be willing to change course if something doesn't feel right.
I know many dominant trans men and have played with some of them. Suggesting a man with a vagina wants to be dominated is like assuming every cis gay muscle guy wants to top. If those are your assumptions, good luck. Fetishizing trans men is problematic for the same reason that fetishizing black men and HIV-positive men are problematic.
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All three fetishes can lead to harmful stereotypes and misconceptions, and all three can actually reinforce stigma and prejudice. Guys who fetishize black men generally proliferate the negative, racist image of men of color as 'sexual beasts' ready to dominate white men with their massive penises — a dangerous idea that goes back to colonialism and claims made by racist pseudoscientists that black men are more attuned to baser, animalistic impulses like sex because they are less intelligent, less human than white people.
People who fetishize HIV-positive folks think we're all infectious sex maniacs eagerly spreading our "toxic" seed to anyone unfortunate enough to have sex with us — a concept that contributes to the demonization and criminalization of HIV and adds to HIV stigma. And people who fetishize trans men tend to fetishize a false, trans-negative image — the subservient man with a pussy, eager to bottom for a dominant alpha-top. This idea reduces transness to a surgery and contributes to anti-trans hate.
You don't get a medal. Trans men aren't a box to check off your fantasy list of wild sexual experiences.
It's OK to have sex goals, but as the last point illustrated, fetishizing transness — like fetishizing blackness and fetishizing folks with HIV — is harmful and dangerous. Trans men are men. If you meet a man who you think is really cute, and he's interested in you back, you may have a great sex night ahead of you. When he tells you he's trans, say OK, ask for terms, and have fun. All Rights Reserved. Alex Cheves Before I went to college, I was closeted.
Past lives are past lives. You don't return to them. Don't medicalize trans identity. It's not all about surgeries and body parts. Everyone has different words for their body parts. Ask what his are.