From Secretary, the movie
I am often put off when porn films don’t show us faces. (I’m talking facial expressions rather than cumshots here). And really, what is sexier, during sex, than the facial proof that a partner is in ecstasy? Sure, we can measure arousal from bodily fluids or stiffness or wetness, but these are easier to fake than the genuine enjoyment reflected in a face.
In film, I actually recommend the directors who give their actors time to bond and/or choose their partners, because this tends to inspire genuine pleasure. These directors are more likely to give us shots of the face as well as the body because there is a higher chance that the facial expressions will be hot. (Take Jennifer Lyon Bell, for instance, who gets all her staff, performers included, to share pre-production saunas in order to encourage bonding. Or Tristan Taormino who is all about creating genuine heat and connection — see her approach in the Chemistry movies, for instance).
At Go Deeper, we’re looking for stories that focus on full-body pleasure and I admit to being a fan of writers who focus, even just a little, on facial expression. I enjoy the human connection that this gives the reader, the sense of intimacy. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy gesture, rhythm, hardness, wetness and softness. It’s just that feeling and sensation can be so expertly communicated via the face, especially when a writer is talented and their characters feel real.
Frankly, even just a hint of a face can convey pleasure or eroticism. Take a look at the beginning of Jeremy Edwards‘ piece “Light Show” published at Featherlit:
“He has never before noticed how the reflected light from the overhead fixture dances in her glasses when she masturbates.
In the past, his eyes have been on her fingers, her mouth, her fingers, her drifting knees. Now the twin reflections claim and keep his gaze…”
And as you can see from the pic above, just one look at Maggie Gyllenhaal in Secretary (my favorite erotic film) shows just how hot a focus on the face can be.