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.
By far this is one of the most interesting parts of the Kama Sutra and some explanation is needed for todays modern audience. Firstly is the context of the striking which is only in context of actual sexual intercourse. Secondly, that only one of the forms of striking involves a closed fist and that only in a certain context and finally, the striking is done both directions not just one way. That is striking can go from the man to the woman and the woman to the man at the same time.
This chapter really is about the animal-like desire to strike one another during intercourse and the Kama Sutra is saying that this is OK but is providing some clear definitions as to where and when to strike so that actually enhances the sexual experience instead of detracting from it and based on where one is instructed to strike and how, I think designed to provide some safety for the couple and so that ‘damage’ is minimal and can be recovered from quickly. Trust me this was an interesting read because the Kama Sutra focusses on the proper sounds the woman should be making while this is going on to increase sexual pleasure for both her and her lover.
Once again, I have to give the Kama credit for being real. While striking during sex is not for every couple it does seem to be saying it is OK but you definitely need guidelines to provide for safety and mutual benefit. Morally and from a Christian standpoint, there is little in the Bible that would indicate striking is bad during sex (Let’s be honest the Bible talks very little about sex) and any sexual activity that is mutually agreed upon is OK provided some safety issues are discussed first. In that context, this part of the Kama Sutra might be considered the first advocate for safety signals or rules for BDSM type sexual activity.