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Autocunnilingus is cunnilingus performed by a woman on herself, by sucking or using her tongue on her own genitalia as a form of masturbation.[1]


An unusually high degree of flexibility such as that of a contortionist would be required to perform the act.[2][3][4][5] Unlike the male equivalent, autofellatio, which requires a less extreme frontbend and is known to be achievable by a small fraction of the male population,[6] autocunnilingus has not been reliably documented. As of January 2015, PubMed, the medical literature database maintained by the US National Library of Medicine, which contains several descriptions of autofellatio, contained no mentions of autocunnilingus.[7] Autocunnilingus was also not found in a study of sexual humour based on transformation of proverbs.[8] It has, however, been reported as a self-destructive fantasy,[9] and occurrences have been reported in non-human primates.[10]


In "Besorgung", one of his Venetian Epigrams, Goethe imagined Bettina becoming sufficiently limber to perform autocunnilingus and do without men.[11][12] Camille Paglia compares the resulting image to William Blake's "engravings of solipsistically contorted figures".[13]


  1. ^ "autocunnilingus", The Complete Dictionary of Sexology, expanded ed., ed. Robert T. Francoeur et al., New York: Continuum, 1995, ISBN 9780826406729, p. 49.
  2. ^ "Schlangenfrau gesucht" - "Sought: snake-woman", Mario Günther-Bruns, Sexgott: 1.000 Tabubrüche, Diana 60223, Munich: Heyne, 2013, ISBN 9783453602236, n. p. (in German)
  3. ^ Eva Christina, The Book of Kink: Sex Beyond the Missionary, New York: Perigee, 2011, ISBN 978-0-399-53694-6, OCLC 706018293, n. p.
  4. ^ Jesse Bering, "So Close, and Yet So Far Away: The Contorted History of Autofellatio", in Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human, New York: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2012, ISBN 9780374532925, pp. 11–16, p. 16.
  5. ^ Drawing, Art of Love: Nearly 100 Sex Positions and Wealth of Illustrated Material from Foreplay to Anatomy, e-book,, 2007, ISBN 9781605011172, n.p.
  6. ^ William Guy and Michael H. P. Finn, "A Review of Autofellatio: A Psychological Study of Two New Cases", Psychoanalytic Review 41 (1954) 354–58.
  7. ^ Search for "autocunnilingus", PubMed, US National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health, January 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Anna T. Litovkina, "Sexuality in Anglo-American Anti-Proverbs", in The Pragmatics of Humour across Discourse Domains, ed. Marta Dynel-Buczkowska, Pragmatics & Beyond, new series 210, Amsterdam / Philadelphia: Benjamins, 2011, pp. 191–214, ISBN 9789027256140, note 10, p. 205.
  9. ^ Fear of Being Fat: The Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia, ed. C. Philip Wilson with Charles C. Hogan and Ira L. Mintz, Classical psychoanalysis and its applications, New York: Aronson, 1983, ISBN 9780876684801, p. 145.
  10. ^ David J. Linden, The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel so Good, New York: Viking-Penguin, 2011, ISBN 9780670022588, n.p.: the example that follows involves water from a garden hose rather than the mouth.
  11. ^ Ludger Lütkehaus, "'O Wollust, o Hölle': Onanie, Phantasie und Literatur", Die Zeit, 15 November 1991, p. 10 (in German)
  12. ^ W. Daniel Wilson, Goethe Männer Knaben: Ansichten zur "Homosexualität", Berlin: Insel, 2012, ISBN 9783458175421, p. 500 (pdf p. 8) (in German)
  13. ^ Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, 1990, repr. New York: Vintage, 1991, ISBN 9780679735793, p. 253.