The Kama Sutra and the appropriate sounds during lovemaking

Illustration by Vicente Capala
Illustration by Vicente Capala

Today, we will imagine we are at peace as we are reading this article — so peaceful that you could hear a butterfly flap its wings. Or even more peacefully, you could almost hear crickets making love in the distance. Then the question arises: Is it appropriate to make sounds during lovemaking?

Then another question: Should I stay silent or be very loud? Should I be random with my instances of gasps and screams of passion?

Well my dear confused sexually interactive college student, I will now direct you to the guide and teachings of the Kama Sutra.

To begin, I must answer this a common question: Yes, the Kama Sutra is a real manuscript. It is a Hindu collection of instructions and readings pertaining to sexual intercourse and the themes of love.

The Kama Sutra has been translated into many languages but still retains its seven-part format. Each part is divided into chapters, and there is a total of 36 chapters in the whole text.

Contrary to popular belief, the Kama Sutra is not just a sex manual. It is a guide for improving everyday life through the enhancement of the individual’s love life. This supercharged love life will increase the pleasures of daily activities — which may or may not include sex, depending on if it’s on the person’s daily agenda.

But what about making love sounds? Part two, chapter seven of the Kama Sutra compares sexual intercourse to a quarrel, and says there are sounds that are linked to the metaphor of the quarrel.

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This chapter describes various ways to forcefully touch a lover to generate a vocal response that increases the intensity of passion during lovemaking. The script suggests these actions are most effective against the shoulders, the head, the space between the breasts, the back, the middle of the body and the sides of a partner. Each body part has a corresponding hand shape and degree of forcefulness that will produce a desired sound.

Though the practice seems painful, the Kama Sutra says these actions should be performed in moderation. The intent is to further excite passion between two lovers, not cause physical harm.

“One who is well acquainted with the science of love, and knowing his own strength, as also the tenderness, impetuosity, and strength of the young women, should act accordingly,” according to the Kama Sutra. “The various modes of enjoyment are not for all times or all persons, but they should only be used at the proper time.”

In light of the Kama Sutra, if making intense sounds heightens your passion, then feel free to gasp and sigh. Make sure, however, that you and your partner are on the same page.

Maybe even grab a copy of the Kama Sutra to learn how to better communicate your interests and comfort zones.