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Problems with sex terms. A poll.

Right then. I'm in the middle of writing a Remus/Sirius sex scene and I am trying to decide which terms to use for 'penis' and 'buttocks'. Those terms sound too clinical for many readers, and I don't think they would work here anyway, so I reserve them for special characters and situations. I have never encountered this problem before because I have never written an explicit sex scene between two adults; while writing chan I use 'bottom' for 'buttocks' and simply use a childlike term for 'penis' or I just don't use the word at all--rather, I say something similar to "then he took himself into his hand" as it is obvious what "himself" is.

The story is in Remus's point of view, so here is the trouble: When Remus is having sex with someone, how does he refer to their nether regions? He is an adult here, around the time of OotP, and I think that is also a good thing to take into account.

I have been using 'prick' so far, and I am pretty satisfied with it, because it sounds adult in size to me and not as vulgar as some others. As for 'buttocks' I am stumped. Any suggestions? :D

Poll #235255 Words for Willies

Which 'penis' term do you recommend for this situation?

Penis
0(0.0%)
Cock
21(87.5%)
Dick
0(0.0%)
Prick
1(4.2%)
Erection
2(8.3%)
Other (leave comment)
0(0.0%)

Which 'buttocks' term do you recommend for this situation?

Ass
3(12.5%)
Arse
19(79.2%)
Bottom
2(8.3%)
Bum
0(0.0%)
Butt
0(0.0%)
Other (leave comment)
0(0.0%)

Do you know whether 'arse' is taken in the same manner as 'ass'?

It is harsher.
2(9.1%)
It is milder.
2(9.1%)
They are exactly the same.
15(68.2%)
Other (leave comment)
3(13.6%)



Any other comments on the matter would be great!
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