Disclaimer: The subject of this post is human sexuality in the context of Christian belief. It is intended for mature audiences. If you are under the age of 18 you should have your parents read it and judge if it is appropriate for you to read. Parents, lighten up about this with your teens because quite frankly I am trying to undo a lot of Christian mistakes in informing and educating people about sex. You have been warned and encouraged, enter at your own risk. Also, I am by no means a sexual expert, just a guy who has been married to the same woman for 25 plus years and a pastor who has for what ever reason been exposed to a lot of sexual issues during his ministry. If you don’t find your answer here, keep searching there is probably someone out there that has it.
I suppose at this point the Kama Sutra enters the realm of kinky by western standards. Everything here is about using the tip of the fingers to please the other person. The difference between pressing, marking or scratching is basically degree. Pressing leaves no mark, marking leaves a temporary redness but it goes away after a short while and scratching is something that requires actual healing over time. The Sutra goes on to explain different types of scratching and different places to be scratched. All of this is designed to bring forth passion and some scratching is apparently self-inflicted. For instance a woman might scratch her own breasts to make her self more attractive to a man although a married woman should not do so other than in private parts that cannot be seen by the public.
It is this advice on scratching (along with biting later) that causes some people to label the Kama Sutra as BDSM material but I am not so sure. Scratching as defined by the Sutra is a little intense but the other modes Pressing and Marking are fairly common even in normal sex and not considered kinky at all in my mind. It is interesting in most of the types of scratching it usually involves the breast of the person so this might be an example of foreplay from the Sutra’s standpoint although some are targeted specifically at thighs, buttocks and yes even private parts.
From a Christian standpoint I think what we are dealing with is cultural understanding might be different but it does not mean some of the advice cannot be used or tried out. It is probably something that could be experimented with the permission of your spouse as always. I can’t fault the advice morally in relation to the Bible.