The missionary position or man-on-top position is generally a sex position in which a woman lies on her back and a man lies on top of her while they face each other and engage in sexual intercourse or other sexual activity.The missionary position may involve sexual penetration or non-penetrative sex (for example, intercrural sex), and its penile-vaginal aspect is an example of ventro-ventral (front-to-front) reproductive activity.
In 1948, Kinsey published the male volume of the Kinsey Reports, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.
He described the American preference for the position and called it the English-American position.
Upon accidentally combining these similar facts, Kinsey invented a new phrase despite believing that he was reporting an old one.
From then on, the story of the name's "origin" may have been retold until it became largely accepted, with its connection to Kinsey and Malinowski having faded.
During sexual activity, the missionary position allows the man to take charge of the rhythm and depth of pelvic thrusting.