Foreplay is a set of and physically intimate acts between two or more people meant to create sexual arousal and desire for sexual activity. Although foreplay is understood as physical sexual activity, nonphysical activities, such as mental or verbal acts, may in some contexts be foreplay. Foreplay can mean different things to different people. Foreplay can be an ambiguous term because which sexual activities are prioritized can vary among people. Foreplay can consist of different practices; some common sexual behaviors that are considered foreplay are kissing, sexual touching, removing clothing, oral sex, certain sexual games, role playing. In animal sexual behavior, similar activity is sometimes termed precoital activity. Psychologically, foreplay increases emotional intimacy between partners. Physically, it stimulates the process. Foreplay has important physical and psychological effects. According to a survey on heterosexual couples about duration of sexual intercourse and foreplay, neither partner in these relationships were satisfied with the duration of foreplay in their relationships.

This survey sampled 152 couples who were university educated and satisfied with their sexual life. In this study, when compared to some larger studies, men were better at perceiving desired sexual intercourse and foreplay duration for their partner; the average times spent on intercourse were 7 minutes and 12 minutes on foreplay for the couples in this survey. Another result of this survey was that the length of desired foreplay for men and women was about the same. In a global study of about twelve thousand individuals from 27 countries and 6 continents, physical foreplay was rated as "very important" for 63 percent of men and 60 percent of women. According to a study of individuals in committed romantic relationships and sexual media usage does not play a role in satisfaction with time spent on foreplay, although other aspects of sexual satisfaction can be impacted by this type of sexual media; this means that foreplay is an important part of the sexual script, social influences on the sexual script such as pornography and provocative sexual media do not impact foreplay.

Time spent on foreplay is an important part of becoming sexually aroused and unique to each individual, individuals still need the same amount of foreplay in order to become sexually aroused despite what they learn from porn. Sexual role-playing or sex games can create sexual interest; these games can be played in a variety of situations, have been enhanced by technology. This type of extended foreplay can involve SMS messaging, phone calls, online chat, or other forms of distance communication, which are intended to stimulate fantasizing about the forthcoming encounter; this tantalization builds up sexual tension. A card or board game can be played for foreplay; the objective of the game is for the partners to indulge their fantasies. The loser can, for example, be required to remove clothing or give the winner a sensual foot massage or any other thing that the winner wants to try. A sensuous atmosphere can be enhanced by candles, sensual food or suggestive clothing. A suggestion of the use of sex toys or the playing of games involving fetish, sexual bondage, blindfolding or sploshing is an indication of sexual interest.

Some couples create sexual interest by watching pornographic videos. Role playing may involve the partners to create and maintain a sexual fantasy. For variety, the partners can make up a story together. One of them starts with a sentence and the other continues until the story becomes sexually explicit, it provides an opportunity for the partners to express their sexual fantasies.'Strangers for a day' is a role playing game which consists of the couple playing roles of the first meeting between them. In a public meeting place, the partners pretend to be strangers meeting for the first time; the objective is for them to flirt and seduce the other, without doing or saying anything that they would not do or say at a first meeting. Tantric foreplay is the first step in the lovemaking session, according to the tantra principles. Tantric sex is against rushing things for the purpose of reaching an orgasm, so tantric foreplay is a way to prepare the body and the mind for the union between the two bodies.

The tantric rules say. Tantric foreplay may include sensual baths between the two partners in a relaxing atmosphere. Fragrance oil and candles may be used to set up the mood. Tantric foreplay is only about giving each other time to connect bind. Staring at each other while in a cross-legged position and touching the other's hand palms is a usual foreplay tactic used by tantra practitioners. Tantric foreplay may include Tantra massages; the massage, applied, according to the tantric philosophy, is not for reaching orgasms but for giving each other pleasure and connecting at a spiritual level. There are many historical references to foreplay, with many artistic depictions; the Ancient Indian work Kama Sutra mentions different types of embracing and marking with nails and teeth. It mentions BDSM activities such as slapping and moaning as "play". There are examples of the use of foreplay in marital advice literature that dates back to the early 1900s

Feral (subculture)

The feral subculture is a counter-cultural social movement originating in the latter part of the twentieth century centred in Australia. The movement reached its heyday in the mid 1990s, in parallel with other similar movements in Europe and elsewhere. In common with those movements, the feral phenomenon can be seen as part of the wider counterculture. In Australia, the ferals are seen as an amalgam of the punk and hippie subcultures, with a radical environmental philosophy; the movement, during the 1990s, was the subject of national attention, as a phenomenon has been the subject of anthropological attention as a characteristically Australian "alternative lifestyle"."Going Tribal", a documentary by Light Source Films, examined the subculture in 1995. The feral movement is associated with radical environmentalism and a communal lifestyle, with many members residing on multiple occupancy properties. In common with the hippies before them, many members of the feral movement rely on a system of crash pads and extended networks of "friends of friends" throughout Australia to travel with a minimum of financial outlay.

Although the itinerant lifestyle and environmental beliefs most associated with the feral movement are akin to those of the earlier hippie movement, the ferals adopted a confrontational, politically charged style of dress and philosophy more associated with the punk movement. Gutter punk Crust punk Hardcore punk Hardline Straight edge James Luchte. Of the Feral Children. London: Createspace. ISBN 1479294888. St John, G Dr. 2000, Alternative Cultural Heterotopia:ConFest as Australia's Marginal Centre, School of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia. St John, G. 1999. Ferality: A Life of Grime; the UTS Review - Cultural Studies and New Writing, 5: 101-13. St John G. Ferals: Terra-ism and Radical Ecologism in Australia

Flora Perini

Flora Perini was an Italian operatic mezzo-soprano who had a prominent opera career in Europe, South America, the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. She sang a wide repertoire that encompassed works by verisimo composers like Mascagni, bel canto composers like Rossini and Bellini, the Italian grand operas of Verdi, the German operas of Strauss and Wagner, the Russian operas of Rimsky-Korsakov, she sang in numerous premieres throughout her career, including creating the role of the Princess in the original 1918 production of Puccini's Suor Angelica. Perini was born in Rome on 20 November 1887, she studied at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia before making her professional opera début at La Scala in 1908 as Anacoana in Franchetti's Cristoforo Colombo. Over the next several years she appeared in operas in Nice, Triest, Bologna, Barcelona, Saint Petersburg, Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo. In 1910 she sang the role of Xenia in Boris Godunov opposite Adamo Didur in the title role at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

She returned to that house numerous times over the next several years singing in such roles as Herodias in Richard Strauss' Salome and Annina in Der Rosenkavalier. She sang in the world premiere of Carlos López Buchardo's El sueño de Alma in 1914. In 1915, Perini made her American début at the Metropolitan Opera as Lola in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana with Margarete Matzenauer as Santuzza, Luca Botta as Turiddu, Gaetano Bavagnoli conducting, she sang in more than 300 performances at the Met over the next nine years portraying such roles as Amneris in Aida, Enrichetta in I puritani, Hedwige in Guillaume Tell, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Mercédès in Carmen, Nancy in Martha, Rossweisse in Die Walküre, the Spring Fairy in The Snow Maiden, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Teresa in La Sonnambula among other roles. Most notably she created the roles of Konchakovna in the American premiere of Prince Igor, Pepa in the world premiere of Enrique Granados's Goyescas, Smaragdi in the American premiere of Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini, the Princess in the world premiere of Puccini's Suor Angelica, Pantasilée in the American premiere of Xavier Leroux's La reine Fiammette, "Light" in the world premiere of L'oiseau bleu, Larina in the American premiere of Eugene Onegin.

Perini returned to the Teatro Colón as a guest artist in 1923 to perform the role of Debora in Pizzetti's Debora e Jaele and again in 1925 to sing the "Comandante" in Zandonai's I cavalieri di Ekebù. After nine seasons at the Met, Perini left to join the Chicago Civic Opera for a single season, she returned to Italy in 1925, where she sang principally at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome until her retirement. Her roles there included Maddalena in Rigoletto, Laura in La Gioconda, Amneris in Aida, Fricka in Die Walküre among others. Perini can be heard singing the role of Maddalena in the famous 1917 recording of the Rigoletto quartet with Enrico Caruso, Amelita Galli-Curci and Giuseppe De Luca made for the Victor Talking Machine Company; this was the only recording she made for the label. Cori Ellison: "Flora Perini", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy, Biography of Flora Perini from Riemens, Leo. A concise biographical dictionary of singers. Chilton Book Co. Flora Perini at the Discography of American Historical Recordings