Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher looking all gorgeous in their post-coital glow in the movie 'No Strings Attached'. Folks who have dared to post their after-sex pictures online hardly look this good.
We’ve become desensitised to sex but sharing a picture of you and your partner after the act takes over-sharing to a new level.
What do you look like after sex? No, go on, you first. This is a conversation nobody has ever had, because you either just do it and find out, or you don’t and it remains a mystery. Until now.
In accordance with the latest trend to emerge on Instagram, you post a selfie and tag it #aftersex, so the Internet can admire your post-coital glow.
What’s striking is that the pictures uploaded aren’t poised snapshots of a couple sparking up a shared fag in an artfully rumpled bed, or of tangled naked limbs. This isn’t the sort of cliched aftermath imagery we’re inured to. They are real couples looking a bit flushed, glasses askew and grinning, having just had a great time. And for this reason, they feel even more deviant than the grottiest stuff you can dig up online.
Should it faze us? We’re used to being bombarded with images of celebrities, hair and makeup mussed just so on magazine covers and in music videos, as a not-so-subtle wink about what they may or may not have been up to. We live in a porn culture, a sexed-up hyper-reality where everyone’s either at it or talking about it.
But the sex that infuses our everyday life – the twerking and hardcore humping which is as humdrum now as popping out for a pint of milk – is, for all that it might be more graphic and readily available than ever before, a stylised and sanitised version of something far more intimate. The people putting their names, faces and other bodily parts to it are celebrities and sex workers, actors even.