In American TV show "Californication" S1E1 there's a dialogue below which I can't understand.

The woman said:

"My husband never gave me an orgasm."

and the man asked:

"Never? Does he, uh, you know, go down town? Tow the southland? No? Go under the hood?"

Can anyone explain this for me?

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    It means "Does he ever perform cunnilingus on you?"
    – deadrat
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 8:18
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    I'm sorry, but more specific please?
    – scionx
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 8:28
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    The woman claims that her husband has never stimulated her to orgasm, and the man asks whether her husband has ever performed oral sex on her. All three references "down town", "tour [not tow] the southland", and "go under the hood" are jocular references to a woman receiving oral sex from her partner. I can't get more specific without pictures.
    – deadrat
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 8:51
  • @deadrat: perhaps Scion11 was asking you to be more specific on how the cunnilingus was performed ;-) Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 12:37
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    @Chappo I'll ask the moderators to migrate to sexualtechnique.stackexchange.com
    – deadrat
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 18:06

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"go downtown", "tour the southland" and "go under the hood", are slang phrases meaning to perform cunnilingus i.e., to perform oral stimulation of the clitoris or vulva.

Assuming it is performed in all corners of the world, we would expect a list of synonymous slang words and phrases to be very long and impossible to produce. From The Urban Dictionary and The Online Slang Dictionary I can cite the following:

  • go down on

  • dine at the Y

  • tip the velvet

  • eat a furburger

  • eat a peach

  • eat fur pie

  • eat some clams

  • have a box lunch

  • munch on

  • square away

  • muff-diving

Obviously these are all vulgar and whoever uses them should know exactly when and where it's acceptable, in addition to who they are talking to.

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    You forgot "muff-diving"!
    – user190075
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 0:13
  • People have used that expression for like 40 years, to my knowledge. Back in the '80s, many of my peers used phrases like the ones mentioned.
    – user190075
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 1:06
  • Ok, ok, @RoyC. I will edit.
    – Centaurus
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 1:45

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