Thursday, April 10, 2008

You've Got Me All Wet: Underwater Porn and Erotica

Water is so erotic. Seems that everything sort of traces back to that. Pubescent boys thrived on watching Phoebe Cates and her red little bikini trounce out of the pool in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" . . . and any pool or beach has been the focus of countless fantasies. Bathtubs, spas, showers, and waterfalls all have this erotic component. And it's not just about the usual nudity or semi-nudity that surrounds them; there's something about water's very essence that seems to encompass eroticism. It's slippery, fluid, flowing, at once capable of gentle caresses or pounding force. It beads on the skin like sweat, and there's something so raw and easily understood between sex and the liquid element. We produce moisture when we're aroused. To me, at least, water seems like a much better metaphor and medium for lust and passion than fire.

But it's no longer quite a metaphor, and hasn't been for a while. Underwater porn- however you define it, whether it's groping while waist-deep in a pool or cavorting in sexual escapades twenty leagues down in your scuba gear- is growing in popularity, and let me let you in on a secret: it's hot.


I still remember watching my first [semi] underwater porn scene. The anonymous clip in question was shot in somebody's plain and dingy backyard pool, the boys were only so-so in both looks and particularly passion, and the above-water shots were depressing. But under the water, the porn transformed: set to ridiculously fitting classical music, it took above-water choppy awkwardness and transformed it into slow and graceful movement. The water and lighting seemed much more generous to their bodies than harsh above-water daylight. And the cumshots . . . . I had never previously been a fan of them- gooey ropes or sticky dribblings were not my thing and I always skipped over that part. But I watched in mesmerized fascination as the penis in question jerked and out streamed three beautiful, wispy puffs that swirled and curled and finally disappated into the water like smoke. Beautiful.


I was reminded of my aqua love from seeing brief clips of beautiful underwater trysting in the preview for "Female Fantasies"; it had been forgotten and left behind, but now I'm back and just as interested. Water is one of the mediums that is ultimately completely forgiving. Hairstyles cease to matter or make a difference as it floats free in swirling masses around your head, and the makeup isn't there or isn't as horribly garish as it usually is. Breasts have newfound buyoancy and for people whose voluptuous curves have been wronged by the drooping pull of gravity, the weightless suspension of water turns them into soft pillowy water goddesses. The water makes creative and exotic sex positions that on land would be capable only by sexual athletes perfectly easy underneath. A tan doesn't matter and in fact, the water takes to pale skin beautifully. There is no sound underwater, so annoying dubbing, exaggerated and fake sex moaning, and ridiculously bad porno soundtracks fly out the window. (Bonus points if the director feels a twinge of erotic inspiration at the sight and for the first time, chooses a sensuously slow, ethereal, and truly erotic piece of music). Underwater, the most ungraceful people seem to gain flowing motion. The same padded/muffled eeriness of being underwater seems to translate perfectly to film. It literally feels deep and mysterious, hypnotic and mesmerizing, the way we (or at least I) seem to be able to stare for hours into an aquarium. Everybody turns into a mermaid or merman in the water.


Okay, so I'm not so much of a fan for the scuba sex (that gear just doesn't scream 'hot'), but at the same time, as someone who has to plug her nose when she goes underwater (don't laugh!), has about as much lung capacity as a flea, and takes fifteen minutes to comfortably open her eyes under chlorinated or salty water, I can understand it. Underwater sex is just really, really impressive. I'm in awe of pornstars who are juggling how to get the necessary shots, how to look sexy instead of like they're holding their breath and hoping not to drown, trying not to float upwards . . . a million things all at once and manage to make it look effortless. Props, water babies, props.

Watery porn and erotica is hot. I understand that it still stays in the realm of fetish porn, and that it is often too difficult and expensive to shoot (you need flexible stars and models who can do underwater work, underwater cameras, access to water where you won't be arrested for public nudity/obscenity, and good lighting, both below water and above water). But I wish it was more accessible, more prevalent. Oh yes, I have big ideas: gals getting fisted and writhing their way to the surface to ejaculate just above water (so you get a nice splash!), writhing underwater orgies, mermaid-esque solo's and, for the more hardcore fetishist in me, boundary-pushing water bondage (Kink.com has a nice handle on that with their Water Bondage Website, but their creative uses of water lack some of the eroticism I'm looking for).


So if, as summer creeps up on you and the heat has you thinking about good ol' H20, some nice websites I've certainly enjoyed are Sex Underwater, Aqua Petals, Water Nymphs, and Aqua Women. (Free previews here and here). Or if you simply like reading about water, I simply *adore* the fact that Mary Anne Mohanraj's books "Aqua Erotica: 18 Stories For a Steamy Bath" and "Wet: More Aqua Erotica" are waterproof Durabooks and they also deal with water in content, so you can read them by yourself or with a lover while enjoying the effects of water yourself, no fear of wetting paper pages. Clever!

So, at the risk of sounding corny, come on in, the water's fine! Aquaphiliacs, rejoice, because underwater porn is definitely making a splash! Get wet, ride the pounding surf, gush and squirt.

Okay, I swear, that's the last of the bad water metaphors, but only because I've run out.

Wet kisses, Gwen.

2 comments:

Alex said...
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Alex said...

Thank you for tackling this little-known, but smoking hot fetish, which happens to be one of my personal favorites. I've just published a collection of erotic short stories for aquaphiles on Amazon, and I put up a website at Underwater Sex Stories to market the book. The website offers some free content from the book, with more free stories to come in the future. I would be terribly grateful if you could check it out and give me a bit of publicity if you like it.