Katrell had just recounted a story of love and loss. I did my girlfriend sympathizing duty as we rode with Kewon to Cafeteria, an afterhours restaurant. Kewon took another approach to Katrell’s dilemma. you know men stop themselves from solving a problem.
“Learn to swallow,” Kewon told Katrell…..I think. “It’ll keep your man happy and at home. No man will leave his woman if she swallows,” he added.
The phrase learn to swallow became a running joke this summer. Every time a woman complained about a boyfriend who was hanging with the boys too much or not showing enough attention, this was the laughed-out advice we started to give. But it wasn’t for women simply looking for a man. Male consensus held that swallowing can help a woman keep a man she’s got but will not help her get a man she does not. The guys unanimously agreed that swallowing without a title will automatically dismiss a woman from consideration for a relationship. And yes, they acknowledged that it’s not fair.
“Life isn’t,” Kewon noted.
I took the phrase for the partial joke I assumed it was until one night, I realized Kewon was dead serious. Kewon came to visit me, with a few of our mutual friends a couple of days after my birthday. So they are sitting in my living room, and somehow the conversation resurfaces itself. So I voiced my real feelings on the matter to the guys, which in a word was “Ugh!”
Sean, a friend of Kewon’s who had become a really good friend to me, became visibly upset. “Not swallow?” he bellowed as if I was actually dating him. “What do you mean, not swallow?”
“It’s disgusting,,” I shot back with equal venom. “You watch too much porn.”
“Disgusting?” Another bellow. “My seeds are disgusting?”
I kissed my teeth, and rolled my eyes. “In someone’s mouth or throat, they are!”
The look on his face was pure comedy. He was appalled that I could not fathom a woman loving his cum. “Dudes swallow women’s juices all the time. You think we spit it out when we’re down there? You think we like to swallow when a woman cums in our faces? We commit to the act. A woman has got to commit to the act!”
The following weekend, I broached the subject at Charlotte’s verson of the Pink Taco.
“What’s the obsession with all this swallowing business?” I ask the Don Q’s pretty boy crew. Brothers from the Uptown residents in their mid-to late thirties who stay perfectly fly at all times.
“That shit just feels right!” is the general consensus. Dap and laughter all around. Apparently, they’re not as deep as Kewon and his friends.
From Darwin the youngest homeboy of Don’Q comes a bit more explanation: “Don’t think about it in terms of what it can do for him, think about what it means in terms of the greater good for you. You swallow, and you can get anything you want.” He wasn’t speaking of material goods. More like romance, affection, and attention.
“Does swallowing feel better than sex?”
Darwin is in deep thought, trying to come up with the right answer. It’s as if I can see the wheels turning as he recounts all his sexual experiences. Finally, he reaches a verdict: “Depends on the skills of the woman.”
Eh…..I’m not convinced about this swallowing bit. I offer an alternative, bringing up the skills of Italia Blue, an adult actress. She provides a good education, but whenever her mate reaches ultimate joy, she takes it, then spits the contents back onto the rod.
“That’s the equivalent of swallowing, no? She took the mouth shot,” I reason.
The guys are horrified. I get a flurry of “NO!” and “Ugh!” and “She’s gonna spit on me?”
Now it’s my turn. “Yeah…what’s the problem? Um, it’s yours. You want women to swallow something you don’t even want touching you?”
“That’s disgusting, Reagan,” says one of the guys.
“But, um, it’s not disgusting for a woman to swallow it?”
He shakes his head. “No!” he blurts definitively on behalf of the guys.
“Why not?” I challenge.
“It’s just not.”
“If men want women to do it, ya’ll have to give a valid reason. ‘Because we want it’ isn’t enough.”
Sensing that I’m not dropping the subject anytime soon, one of the other guys in Don Q’s crew takes a moment to ponder the question seriously. “Really? I’ll speak for all men and say as long as a woman’s down on my dick, no real man’s really going to complain.