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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, autocunnilingus has not been reliably documented.[6] It has, however, been reported as a self-destructive fantasy,[7] and occurrences have been reported in non-human primates.[8]


In "Besorgung", one of his Venetian Epigrams, Goethe imagined Bettina becoming sufficiently limber to perform autocunnilingus and do without men.[9][10] Camille Paglia compares the resulting image to William Blake's "engravings of solipsistically contorted figures".[11]


  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. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Ludger Lütkehaus, "'O Wollust, o Hölle': Onanie, Phantasie und Literatur", Die Zeit, 15 November 1991, p. 10 (in German)
  10. ^ W. Daniel Wilson, Goethe Männer Knaben: Ansichten zur "Homosexualität", Berlin: Insel, 2012, ISBN 9783458175421, p. 500 (pdf p. 8) (in German)
  11. ^ Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, 1990, repr. New York: Vintage, 1991, ISBN 9780679735793, p. 253.