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Erotic Photos by Bettina Rheims Simulate the Female Orgasm (NSFW)

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For Just Like a Woman, Paris-based photographer Bettina Rheims takes an intimate and titillating look at the female body, positioning herself directly above a set of nude models as they dramatize the moment of orgasm.

Having photographed many nudes throughout her prolific career, Rheims was inspired to take on the role of the lover, observing the height of female pleasure from an elevated vantage point. The women, she explains, were unable to see her as she worked, their views obscured by a dark curtain. As the women luxuriated on a mock bed, made of a bed-sheet covering the studio floor, she herself reclined face-down above them, talking dirty from behind the curtain to get her models in an erotic state of mind. The physicality of the orgasm, she says, was achieved not only through the models’ expressions but also through makeup designed to resemble flushed cheeks and broken sweats, and imprints of bras and panties were made along the naked flesh.

Here, Rheims simulates the erotic without being explicit, choosing only to reveal just enough flesh to suggest an ardent sexual encounter. The instant she captures isn’t necessarily one of penetration but of release, when inhibitions are abandoned entirely to corporeal sensation. Ultimately, she hopes to capture that elusive space between delirium and ecstacy, a moment wherein “the body is compressed and finally freed.”

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All images © Bettina Rheims

via Juxtapoz

  • AntiPoliticallyCorrect

    not a single “O face” in the bunch? I don’t think they know what an orgasm is, cause that aint it.

  • Looks like post-O!

  • Julia Miller

    You probably Think you know

  • AntiPoliticallyCorrect

    let me clarify cupcake. the world’s worst porno is infinitely more artistic and accurate than this load of wanna be art.

  • Frank Evers

    the props are all there…the moments are not.

  • Parkinson Sniper

    I totally agree!!!

  • Parkinson Sniper

    What is this? Are there any editors picking these photos?

  • Dana Davis

    Intentionally anti- sexy, I am guessing. The women look battered and fried. Not that I haven’t wanted to work with underwear marks but these seem sort of brutal.

  • Kat Mantszi

    Let me clarify, cupcake. This isn’t porn. Our orgasms are not arch-backed screams every damn day. These are not women who are performing for you to masturbate. These are women simulating very real, very relaxed orgasms. I know those faces. They feel wonderful.

    Orgasm is sweaty, greasy, and divine. Not dry, made-up, and artificial. Is that clear, sweetie?

  • Teszter

    They look stupid.

  • portraitShooter

    What a load of crock!
    These women are about as turned on as a wooden table leg is alive.

  • Exactly. This is far closer to accurate than pornography, but something is still missing. It feels too fake.

  • hugo

    Isn’t there a problem with all these marks on their skins? Especially the last one…

  • Jascha Eidam

    Okay, so this is a series made by a female photog.

    As a straight guy I hope very much that I have seen at least some actual female orgasms.

    And this is VERY far off.

    Some of these woman clearly have poses that cover them up, like they don’t want to be seen by you, the all more or less look into the camera like dolls, and at least one features a bruise on her arm that looks like assault (when planning shit like this you should keep in mind that a bruise takes some time to develop)

    So…congrats on the great process of dirty-talking to you models…I’m sure that was neither creepy nor akward….

  • The Darling Kinkshamer

    You sound like a man, a stupid one.

  • The Darling Kinkshamer

    Just what I wanted to hear, a man commenting on a woman’s experience of orgasm. NOT.

  • Kelly Ann Rudford

    Who cares what you wanted to hear? Guy made a valid point. It’s not very organic and a little weird with the bruising.

  • Kelly Ann Rudford

    You sound like an ignorant ass hat, both of you. Unless you’re gay, or enjoy yourself a little too much in front of a mirror, guys statistically have more visual experience of the female post climax look, than we do.

  • The Darling Kinkshamer

    Maybe I am gay?!! And I enjoy myself just the right amount.

  • The Darling Kinkshamer

    I care. And women who aren’t boning dumbass male “experts” on the female orgasm. We’re all individuals…or are we?

  • Annabell G. Woodhouse

    I know you’re gay. That’s why I covered it. You are clearly an aggressive feminist. Being gay is 100 percent ok! Being a nasty male hating feminist is not. I’m gay too, but would never dream of dismissing someone because of their sex.

  • Annabell G. Woodhouse

    Yes, I changed my name. My family have no idea of my sexual preference and I don’t want them to. Men can be pigs, so can women

  • Morley

    You sound like you’ve never had one.

  • WRightStar

    My dentist asks “What do you think is causing your teeth to crack and chip?” I reply “I may be 70, but I have a wonderful wife”. Next appointment she asks again.

  • Tamzbabies

    I think part of the problem for is these models are too young, inexperienced, and posed-thereby rendering them unbelievable. Young in the way that, sadly, some women at that age may not have experienced an orgasm in the presence of another so that they know how to ‘be’ or look. They don’t appear ‘comfortable’ with what they are doing and thereby real. With the pornification of the younger generation, woman are coached to act and mostly for mans visual benefit. (Not everyone) but, most women will need more time for stimulation than a mere get wet and go and bam. It takes some time to know your body and even more time to feel comfortable with. Personally, I don’t know of one woman who has NOT faked an orgasm, just to get the awkward experience over with. And that’s how this feels, faked.
    Great idea those- I would encourage the artist to do it again but seek out more *ahem* “experienced” women.

  • Shaun Nickerson

    These photos look more like post orgamsm photos to me. That moment after it’s all over, and you’re just left thinking “Wow.” When viewed in that light, I think the photos are pretty damn realistic. Especially in the 3rd photo of both “groups”. Those are legit post sex faces.

  • Simon DW

    A self indulgent moment for the tog to perv over other women under the guise of art that turned out to be lacking ‘art’. Poor work relying upon shock factor.

  • ~J~

    Sorry… I just don’t see it. The only one that was merely authentic or that I connected to was the 3rd one down. It kind of reminds me of that cheap Calvin Klein ad period in the 90s where it looked almost like child porn except here they are, years late, with the same bad props.

  • George Ulvsblakk

    Did you major in stupidity in a local college or abroad? Because the guy does make a very valid point and you are 100% missing it while also providing the shittiest comment i read today. This has nothing to do with how a woman experiences her orgasm. This has to do with how a woman LOOKS after(or while) she has experienced her orgasm.

  • Johanna Allaston

    Must have been some pretty horrid orgasms….=/ Or better yet, no orgasm at all. This is nonsense masquerading as art, yet again. And yes, art is relative, regardless.

    Also, what is with the markings? Especially the hand print on the last woman? Ridiculous….

  • The Darling Kinkshamer

    I can’t stop laughing at this ridiculous comment.

  • anonomatic

    The description of her process, it’s just… creepy.

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