Receiving partner on top

The cowgirl position

See also: Woman on top (sex position)

These positions are sometimes called the woman on top, cowboy or cowgirl positions. Most of these positions can be used for either vaginal or anal penetration.

A feature of these positions is that the penetrating partner lies on his or her back with the receiving partner on top:

  • the receiving partner can kneel while straddling the penetrating partner, with the participants facing each other.

  • alternatively, the receiving partner can face away from the penetrating partner. This position is sometimes called the reverse cowboy or reverse cowgirl position.

  • the receiving partner can arch back with hands on the ground.

  • the receiving partner can squat (instead of kneel) facing the penetrating partner.

  • the receiving partner can bring forward their knees against the ground.

  • the penetrating partner lies with their upper back on a low table, couch, chair or edge of bed, keeping their feet flat on the floor and back parallel to floor. The receiving partner straddles them, also keeping their feet on the floor. Receiving partner can assume any of various positions.

  • the lateral coital position was recommended by Masters and Johnson, and was preferred by three quarters of their heterosexual study participants after having tried it. The position involves the man on his back, with the woman rolled slightly to the side so that her pelvis is atop his, but her weight is beside his.

    There are also some variants