This Portrait Series Showing Celebrities Going down on Women Is the Stuff of Your Dreams
Popular culture hasn't been particularly kind to female sexual pleasure. Sex is usually shown as the couple indulging in a bit of kissing with penetration coming next, and boom, end of sex. No one cares that women need way more foreplay than that to enjoy the act, and most women don't even orgasm from penetrative sex. This silence around female pleasure just adds to the culture that women aren't meant to enjoy sex, and any woman who does should be shamed for it.
And this kind of regressive and ignorant thinking is exactly what artist Alexandra Rubinstein's art is all about. Her portrait series, A Dream Come True (Celebrity Cunnilingus), depicts all our favourite celebrities going down on women, and exactly what we'd see if they were going down on us.
Best I Ever Had
In an email to Vagabomb, Rubinstein told us how and why she came up with this series. “It was a response to the lack of heterosexual female perspective in representation of sexuality in mainstream media and pornography here in America, which reflect as well as shape the way we interact in real life...Besides being more censored in mainstream media and film over here, cunnilingus is also under-represented in pornography, which reiterates to the viewer that sex is about men and their pleasure.”
What's Gilbert Grape Eating?
Why did she pick popular celebrities instead of just regular men? Rubinstein says, “Women sometimes prefer a little more substance to their erotica, so I decided to include popular male heart throbs and inspired titles for more narrative and a more playful tone. The female point of view draws attention to and eroticises men, making them the objects of desire, not the women.”
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Is it too late now?
Very careful to make sure her work doesn't objectify men, Rubinstein draws clear lines. “I don’t think this series, or my other work, are so much about objectifying men, as they are about reframing the way we see female desire and sexuality, she says. “Sexuality is just another extension of the behaviour we expect of women; I think it’s important to recognise that it’s not innately timid, selfless, or non-existent.”