Now I had previously asked how a loving interspecies couple would work around very Alien Body Plans that is now sadly closed (How will interspecies lovers overcome different body plans?)
That question was my attempt to dip my toe in the water, to see weather or not the idea had any merit. This is the question a lot of people thought I was asking.
Now to explore this lets bring back the example couple.
Let’s call them Ms. Smith and Mr. Xurkesh.
Now as you might have guessed they have been carrying on quite the courtship, she regales him with tales of her journey through the cosmos as an explorer, he recites romantic poetry in his native language (which sounds like an odd mixture between whale song and a broken garbage disposal) and they regularly watch the latest stream movie from Earth on the couch. All in all, typical couple stuff.
One day after little too much to drink, they begin talking about...let’s call it the Next Step. Both are intrigued, both wonder could they even go to the Next Step? They decide to table it and go about their work the next day but they carve out time to seek out friends to ask for advice on the topic.
Now for Mr. Xurkesh, he is noticeably bigger and sharper, with limbs and teeth designed to rip prey apart. Good when your eating tough armored megafauna, not so good for those tender moments. Naturally he doesn’t want a Woman of Kleenex situation, mostly because he doesn’t want to hurt the woman that he has fallen for, even by accident.
As for Ms. Smith, her job may be to explore the galaxy, but she is not a Captain Kirk with a girl, boy, hermaphrodite, indeterminate, and undecided in every star port from here to Andromeda. Xurkesh was her first interspecies partner and just finding a way to safely kiss him was a challenge, and not because he kept checking her over for any accidental wounds.
So naturally they both talk to their friends, some of which are also in loving interspecies couples, others may have dabbled with it in college, but the point is Smith and Xurkesh are looking for advice on how to proceed to the next step both safely and to make it something special for their better half.
So now I ask you a question on their behalf which is: How would a loving interspecies couple with vastly different body plans safely engage in physical intimacy?