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What The Definition of “is” Is

OMG! Bill Clinton was right, and the times they are a changing. In a survey of 477 university students, only 20% of them consider oral-genital contact (e.g., a blow job) to be “sex”. The percentage of young people who consider sexual activity like oral sex to not be sex has been dropping ever since then-president Clinton claimed that he did not have “sex” with “that woman” when she had performed various sex acts with him.

I guess Clinton didn’t lie after all — he was just ahead of his time!



  1. starluna wrote:

    For me, this is old news. For a class assignment in college (we’re talking early 1990s), a classmate of mine and I developed a health education program targeting the view that oral sex is not “really” sex. There had been several studies documenting this phenomenon by that time. I would argue that it is not at all related to Clinton at all. It is more related to the success of health education programs that focused on vaginal sex as the primary risk factor for STDs and pregnancy.

    Monday, April 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
  2. Sammy wrote:

    I’ve never understood the whole idea that unless there’s intercourse involved it’s not sex. There is lots of porn out there without intercourse (um, so someone once told me) that is certainly sex (or so, um, yeah my brother said).

    Really, it’s just all justification for something or other.

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink
  3. Elijah wrote:

    You say (i.e.,a blow job). That should be (e.g., a blow job). Oral sex goes both ways, and I’ve never heard cunnilingus described as a ‘blow job.’

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    Thanks Elijah, I updated the post. That’s what I get for trying to post while on the road.

    Personally, when I was younger I had some full-clothes-on, no heavy petting kissing sessions that were definitely sex. Yum.

    Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink