When it comes to carnal acts of pleasure, there are two main ways we can describe sex. You are either making love or having sex. But is there a difference between the two?
Technically, sex is both an art and a skill, with the end goal being an orgasm. However, making love and having sex vary in the technique that a couple uses. This article will describe what making love is and whether you are doing it right.
While the term still describes sex, making love defines a technique that is intentional, more romantic and intimate, and in some cases, spiritual. Making love is the physical expression of love between emotionally connected partners.
‘Making love’ might be used as a euphemism in certain circles that think the word ‘sex’ is too crass. This logic tends to develop a moral hierarchy around making love and sexuality. This would mean that sex is only valuable when it’s between people who are romantically tied. This argument might not hold water in our current society.
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On the other hand, sex is described as a purely physical act with minimal emotional connections. As Dr. Shannon Chavez, psychologist and sex therapist, states, the main advantage of loveless sex is “feeling more free to express oneself sexually and experiment in this arrangement, gaining greater sexual satisfaction.” Simply put, sex without love lets you both concentrate on the sexual side of your relationship only.
While both sex and making love tend to involve the same sexual behaviors, acts, and connections, we cannot ignore the difference between the two: intention. Other than sexual pleasure, partners also strive to establish an emotional connection with each other by having intercourse.
Suppose your current relationship is based on casual sex and hookups. In that case, you might not be able to tell the difference between making love and sex. This is because the only aim of your hookup is orgasm.
However, it is possible to tell if someone is making love to you and whether he’s enjoying it too. Below are the tell-tale signs that you can watch out for before, during, and after sexual intercourse;
He is always very smooth with his actions, and things never get awkward when you spend time with him. He has an aura of relaxed, casual confidence, even when you are in compromising situations.
Your sexual intercourse was a result of emotional connection and conversation. Making love involves forming a deep and meaningful bond.
He will maintain eye contact throughout the entire time. Sustained eye contact during sex is another way men express how they are feeling to someone they love. It also signifies that he cares about establishing a physical and emotional bond with you.
Kissing is a very pleasurable experience, and it can be sexual and intimate at the same time. When making love, there are often a lot of gentle, soft kisses. This is how lovers communicate during sex.
A lot of kissing is involved before, after, and during sex. They hold you closely during and after sex and are very delicate and affectionate in how they touch you when they make love.
They are never in a rush. Instead, they pay attention to your whole body, even to the parts you are insecure about. They take the time to appreciate your body.
They are more concerned about giving an orgasm or receiving it mutually. They are not selfish lovers.
They will tell you romantic stuff and words of affirmation during sex and also say how much they love you.
They will constantly check in on you during sex. They will continuously check to see whether you are okay and whether you are having a good time. They will never intentionally hurt you during sex.
If he enjoys making love, you’ll find that he is attentive. He will ask what you like and prefer in bed, and he listens and acts on it.
He holds your boundaries in high regard, whether you communicate them before or during sex. He never tries to push your boundaries when making love; he will stop if you ask him to. He does not coerce you into things you don’t want to do during sex.
They will always praise you during love making, and their verbal affirmations transcend your physical body. He praises your personality and not just your body or sexual prowess.
Instead of withdrawing and falling asleep, they will cuddle you after sex. Casual sex can involve all these things, but the only way you can tell is if someone tells you how they feel.
If penetration is not his immediate goal, then that is a sign he enjoys love making with you. He will take his sweet time to build up sexual tension and make you wait for it before he takes you to bed.
When a man is truly in love with you, he will take a genuine concern for your sexual health. He will always take the initiative to bring his protection and will inquire about your options.
Although rough sex is pleasurable and fun, every once in a while, he will slow into a romantic pace when making love. This is because he loves being physically intimate with you. The sex tends to be slow, emotional, and romantic, not just dirty and sexy.
If a guy thinks a woman is special and precious, they will make a conscious effort to express it. His hands will cover your body during sex, and their touches are tender and intimate. Touch is not just on the sexual parts. They hold your hands, touch your cheeks, and are generous with body kisses.
When a man is intentional about having sex with a woman, he becomes fully present and focused. He never glances at his watch or keeps checking the door when making love. In addition, he will not talk about unrelated topics to the experience you’re sharing.
A man who loves you allows himself to be vulnerable around you. As such, he is up to trying new sexual experiences, such as changing the scenery and new sex positions, and he is open to sex toys.
This is a sign that they feel safe and supported in their vulnerability. Trust is a big deal when it comes to love making.
When you both enjoy making love, it becomes easier to open up and be free, and you’re safe to be yourself. This means you can open up and moan and are free to ask for what you want when making love.
Not every sex encounter results in an orgasm, especially for women. But when you have sex with intentionally invested men, you can be sure your mind will be blown, and not just once. Such selfless lovers are committed to your orgasm. They will put in the time and energy to ensure you have a mind-shattering orgasm when making love.
Do men catch feelings after sex? 🥺
— Miss B (@Your_Miss_B) December 2, 2021
After a love making experience comes to an end, he doesn’t get up and leave. He does not rush to get dressed or look at his phone. Instead, he will hold you, and you both enjoy each other’s company and discuss your feelings.
When you make love, he’ll stay around and initiate pillow talk. The conversations flow easily, and they are great. Conversing after sex while basking in your sex glow is a sure sign that you are forming a deeper connection on higher emotional levels.
When a person is truly interested in being physically intimate with you, he will always ask about your feelings afterward. He wants to know whether you had a good time and what your highlights were. He wants to learn more about you sexually so he will know how to pleasure you more.
When a man values the intimacy you share, he will act on it. They will make plans to connect with you again. He always wants to see you again, and he cares about the bond you share.
The difference between making love and just sex goes beyond the sexual acts involved. See what you can do to ensure you have the passionate sex you desire and deserve.
The art of making love starts before you get to bed. It is important to create an emotional attachment with your partner that you can lean into. A significant part of this stage is understanding your feelings for a person. This way, it becomes easier to express them through intimacy.
When you spend more time outside the bedroom, you get to learn more about your partner and their wants and needs. Talking about sex while not engaging in sexual acts will tremendously improve the quality of your sex life.
Ask them how they would want to be loved, and then go apply it when you make love. Such conversations help to set the mood better than candles and rose petals.
There are different aspects of romance. It’s important that partners should communicate openly about sex and romance. This will create a deeper bond, and the other partner will also know what’s expected of them. Learn what romance means to them and to you too. For example, is it cuddles and kissing, or is it candle-lit bedrooms and roses? Once you talk about it, it becomes easier to do.
Passionate sex is neither rushed nor is it under pressure. Take your time and explore your bodies, kiss each other with passion, and look into each other’s eyes. And give sensual touches and caresses. Oral sex is a great foreplay act that should get the party started.
Not every sexual activity should focus on the genitals. So, allow yourself to explore your partner’s body parts and find other erogenous zones. Experiment with different speeds and pressure to evoke sexual pleasure and to make them feel good, and your partner will be yearning for you.
This tantric sex practice allows you to gaze into each other’s eyes for several minutes without talking. This act allows you to be emotionally vulnerable and establish a meaningful bond with each other. In such a moment, you don’t require words to communicate what you’re feeling.
Take time and appreciate the partner in front of you, your sexuality, and your emotions. Then, look back at what you’re feeling towards your partner and your relationship.
“Mindfulness helps us to be more aware of the physical sensations we experience.”
Chelom E. Leavitt, expert in sexual mindfulness
This practice is amazing for married couples who are trying to recreate their romantic space. It also helps them make an emotional and sexual connection. It is essential to constantly practice the art of making love in married life. It allows you to love passionately and appreciate sex more.
Making love does require an effort, especially when you’re trying to set the mood. Assume it’s an act from a movie scene right before a sex scene.
The lights are dimmed, soft music is playing, and the doors are locked. You should put in a similar, if not more, effort. Clean up beforehand and light a scented candle.
Dress the part and put on your favorite pair of sexy lingerie that makes you feel good and confident. Also, don’t forget to dab on a little perfume.
Such deliberate acts show your partner that you enjoy making love to them, and it assures them of your feelings.
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Mastering the art of making love is an easy feat that guarantees bliss in your life. Being with selfish or incompetent lovers might make you feel like you have sexual dysfunction. However, understanding the process and emotions involved helps you see past the superficiality of casual flings. This also makes it easier to find a partner who values and understands the skill of making love.