Our fearless correspondent brushes up on going down
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Painting, welding, playing the xylophone ... these all seemed like mildly entertaining pursuits to me, but they didn't quite inspire the level of intense passion needed to get me off my ass and into a classroom. If I was going to invest my valuable time in any course of instruction, it had to involve something I truly wanted to learn. Drinking, smoking, shoplifting ... I was way too good at that stuff already. No, what I needed by way of education was something I could really get a hard-on about. That was it — I could definitely stand to learn more about the activity that gives me the biggest hard-on of all: going down on my girlfriend. Couldn't we all? Join me, then, as I gently ease back the hood of our city's sexual instruction resources in search of my very own cunnilingus guru.
Embarking on this quest had me feeling a little like Frodo: small, hairy footed, and bristling with trepidation at the thought of meeting a true cunnilingus master. Don't get me wrong (I say in typical straight-guy fashion), I'm OK at what I do. But how would I ever convince the woman or man who was to teach me that I'd be a worthy pupil? Yet I knew I had to continue. Perhaps my libido was in charge. Perhaps somewhere in my heart, I knew my girlfriend deserved better than what I had been giving her. Whatever the case, I was determined to fix my licks for better kicks.
Finding my ideal tongue tutor wasn't as easy as I thought. Most sex educators don't advertise in the Yellow Pages, nor are they easily googled. And I'm a little leery of gaining sexual insights from the Learning Annex — I might walk away with my entire life savings invested in yoga retreats and Trump towers. To find someone to teach me how to orally astound, the first thing I needed to do was head to a respectable sex shop. In San Francisco that means go to Good Vibrations on Valencia Street.
There at the service counter, on an events calendar dotted with workshops on spanking, sex after 60, toe sucking, lap dancing, and whatever other sex acts you can imagine, I found the course that shot a twinge of excitement through my loins: Tracy Bartlett's "Oral Majority" workshop. Alas, I'd missed it by a month — but didn't despair: Tracy was due to come around again soon, I was assured by the counterperson. In the meantime, it was recommended that I read Bartlett's bible, The Ultimate Guide to Cunnilingus (Cleis Press, www.tinynibbles.com ) by Violet Blue.
If The Ultimate Guide works for a professional like Bartlett, I knew it would help me, so I purchased a copy and headed home. There in the cozy corner of my bedroom, I sat for the next three hours reading erotic fiction, techniques for mind-blowing orgasms, and helpful advice on proper pussy-eating etiquette. From the proper utilization of butt plugs to the pleasures of doggy-style licking, Blue's book offers the sound advice of one who has braved the bush many times. Not only did it hone my cunnilingus skills, but it also provided me with a possible reason why my search for a teacher was proving difficult. "Most sex instructors," Blue reveals, "are heterosexual females. There's nothing wrong with that, of course — unless you want to know what it's really like to lick a pussy. Heterosexual women don't know, so they tend to gloss over or skip cunnilingus in their classes."
A bell went off in my head. I knew exactly whom I needed to find: a woman who teaches cunnilingus classes and actually licks pussies.
After reading Blue's book, I could find the clitoris in two seconds flat. I could also judge the correct moment to introduce a well-lubed finger into a hesitant anus and could expertly perform a down-tempo version of "the ice-cream lick." I was ready to meet my swami. But where was I to find her? After some more, perhaps embarrassingly persistent queries at Good Vibes, I struck gold. Bartlett had passed the local licks-pertise torch down to her top pupil, Koko West of www.sexysexed.com .
For the past two years, Koko has been making home visits and hosting parties for up to 40 people at a time. She's queer identified and female, and teaches both fellatio and cunnilingus classes (one and a half hours for $250) and sex classes for couples (two hours for $300). Perfect! I set up a demonstration meeting with her and held my breath (while compulsively brushing my teeth). The next morning I headed to a local park where my pussy guru was patiently waiting on a checkered picnic blanket.
There on the knoll she sat, barefoot and draped in a polka-dot dress, her glistening tray of cucumbers and a silky pillow by her side. Without saying a word, I walked up, dropped to my knees, and prepared to imbibe the lessons of a true master. With tears streaming down my face, I begged her to teach me all she could. Her hands came down from the heavens to push the hair from my sweaty brow. "Shhh," she said, "Koko's gonna make it all better. Tell me what you want to know."
My first question was obvious and the answer surprising; "What is the best way to perform cunnilingus?" I blurted. "First of all," she said, "I find the word cunnilingus a bit unsexy. I like to say 'going down' or 'licking pussy.' And honestly, there's no tried-and-true way to go down on a woman. She may love something one day and yearn for something completely different the next. The key is talking."
"What do you mean," I asked naively, "like, talk into her vagina or something?" Koko looked at me disapprovingly, took a breath, and said, "Uh ... no. Communication between lovers is the key. Usually when people get over the initial discomfort of talking about sex, they find conversation extremely beneficial and hot."
Yes, I thought. That's what my girlfriend needs. A man who can talk and perform "the crooked tongue whip" at the same time. Shit, I had some serious work to do.
We sat for hours talking about the best way to ease a lover, how to use toys, and so on, but it wasn't until evening approached that we got to the good stuff: cold hard sex tips. Koko flipped over the odd-shaped pillow she had been leaning on. On the other side were lips, a clitoris shrouded in a satin hood, and many, many folds. "This," she said, "is the ‘Wondrous Vulva Puppet,' from the House o' Chicks [www.houseochicks.com], and you're going to lick it with your hand."
My arm became a mock tongue as Koko guided me through her repertoire of swirly techniques, flicking motions, penetration, and more. I could have played with Koko's pussy puppet for days, but she eventually grew weary of my puppyish enthusiasm, packed up, and left. Still, she was only an e-mail away, and I knew that although I may not have earned my master's in munching, I was no longer just whistling in the dark. SFBG
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