Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Eye Sex

The sly glance. The unmistakable come-hither look. The blatently erotic, deliciously hungry gaze. It's something we've all seen-or done-eye sex.

On the written page, it sometimes takes us writers a bit of time to describe that particular gaze. Though when we write that line, and use the just-right turn of phrase, our words evoke our readers' imaginations. Just the visual we wanted to. It's become stronger because of our favorite actors and actresses.

When we describe a specific look, often the reader pictures a look they saw in a television show or movie. We writers have learned to use that-the fact that our audience have already been exposed to so many visual stimulations. Something Jane Austen could never have done in her time.

Lucky for us, we don't have her constraints and can indulge in as much eye sex as we wish!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

LOL -- in film studies we use the term scopophilia, the desire to look. It's why without knowing the name of the person behind the camera, you can tell what they desire by the way its gaze lingers over the female form (in most cases). You're so right that we've been taught to mimic this gaze by our daily immersion in media.

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