There is lasting shame involved in this spectacle. Fast Times at Ridgemont High — Everybody remembers this scene because of the fantasy: Phoebe Cates emerges from a swimming pool in slow motion and removes her bikini top. There are other less memorable masturbation scenes involving liver and chicken, too. The reason that this movie is the more significant of the two is because the masturbation scene is very tastefully done, and yet in its original form, it controversially garnered the film an NC rating, only because, as argued in the documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated , it deals with both homosexual desire and female sexuality. The main evidence: American Pie was released in the same year with an R rating. Despite the fact that guys tend to enjoy watching a girl pleasure herself, only the most sadistic of men could be turned on by Naomi Watts crying and painfully attempting to get off. By the time I actually bothered to watch the scene many years later, it was less shocking than I expected.
Female masturbation can often be totally misrepresented in mainstream films and TV shows as this sensual, erotic experience because, shocker, most of those scenes are directed with a straight, male audience in mind. But in reality, we all know the way women masturbate can vary from frantic 'I gotta rub one out asap' to lazy 'I fell asleep with my hands down my pants' solo sex. I've ranted about this a fair bit before, but here are 13 of the best female masturbation scenes in movies that are not all about turning dudes on.
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Films depicting self-abuse have ranged from smart to sweet to silly. The scenes of Jon routinely taking care of business with precision and tissues are especially amusing, but Don Jon has a savvy point to make about consuming porn. As he imagines her not only undoing her bikini top, but also confessing her long-held secret attraction to him — before kissing him — Brad works himself toward climax. Until the spell is broken when he is rudely interrupted. Legions of teenage boys also fantasized about Phoebe Cates and likely rubbed VHS copies of the film raw playing that scene over repeatedly in their VCRs. But this one time, at band camp, Michelle Alyson Hannigan did stick a flute up her you-know-where. Of course, the camp is as camp as Christmas, with stereotype sissy boys and butch girls endearingly trying to fight their same-sex desires. The Spanish enfant terrible previously spilled seed in "Matador," as Banderas played a character who plays with himself while watching torture on TV, and later in "Kika," where a character ejaculated over a balcony. A running gag involves the lack of hot water in the house because all the characters like to use the shower as a masturbatorium. The film gleefully emphasizes these comical moments, but they do serve the plot.
This just in: women masturbate! It's totally normal and healthy! Everyone does it! So, now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about on-screen female masturbation scenes—which are pretty few and far between compared to their male equivalents because for some reason people get super uncomfortable with the idea that women like sex. And more specifically, like touching themselves.