Aug 112002

My girlfriend and I love your book, love your movies and love anal sex. We’ve been fascinated by the ability of some porn stars to hold their anus open after having anal sex. My girlfriend would really like to be able to do that I would love for her to. Are there exercises she can do to achieve this? How can she learn to stay open after we have anal sex?

–Wants Her Ass Open

In the adult industry, the post-fucking state of openness of an ass which you refer to is called “the gape,” as in the popular vid series Planet of the Gapes. People write to me about seeing the gape in porn videos all the time, but usually it’s in fear. In other words, most folks see a nice, wide open ass and panic; they think that once they have anal sex, their ass will end up like a giant pink hole, they’ll lose control of their bowel movements, and the anal sphincter muscles will forever stay open. Of course, this isn’t the case. I often reassure people that what they are seeing is the ass “at play” — it’s just had something quite big pounding away at it, so it’s naturally very relaxed, aroused, and ajar. If you saw the same asshole “at rest,” it would be small, closed, and puckered as usual.

Your question is an interesting one because you and your girlfriend want to achieve the gape, whereas most folks are freaked out by it. In my experience, some women gape quite easily, others gape only after a prolonged intense assfucking, and others rarely if ever get a gape going. Some of it is pure chance; it has to do with how the body responds to penetration, and in particular how the ass behaves after prolonged stimulation. I don’t think there are any exercises your girlfriend can do to improve her chances of gaping. But she may want to try a few tricks to see if they help keep her ass open. After you pull out, she can reach around and spread her ass cheeks with both hands, which will give the illusion of an open ass. Have her bear down slightly; this may loosen the sphincter muscles and keep them from closing back to their puckered state. You may also want to try putting a butt plug with a wide neck in her ass; this helps relax and open the muscles. The best you can do is practice, and see what works best for both of you.

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