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Getting Head

Updated: NOVEMBER 2, 2021

Getting head refers to oral sex performed on a penis. It is a very common sex act; more than 85% of sexually active adults say they've had oral sex at least once. As a slang term for fellatio, giving head is believed to have emerged in the 1950s. The term also appeared in several hit songs in the 1970s.

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There are many terms that refer to oral sex performed on a penis, including cock sucking, giving a blow job and giving brain. A penis does, in fact, have a head, but exactly how this term originated is not known. Sexual terms are a common part of vernacular and tend to shift with the culture.

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