BlanketyblackBy Cathy Stouffer Ann Hampton IST’s Myth Jigsaw Bomb 1. That people with fuzzy faces are just likely to be sexyIs that a “blink-eyed woman” in the video above? Is it? Is that an image of a smiling man dressed in business attire?
Molly finds this about right, based on a scan of YouTube. People with “eyebrow gaps” show up in sex scenes, too. “Both blondes have long, almost seamless smiles on their faces,” reports Molly. “They’re definitely not blinking their way to sexual arousal; you can see just how crooked their facial features are! Yikes.”
Going to a sex show, Molly says, will actually be like looking at a version of a human, since “I don’t remember being very keen on being naked during sex.” Who is she making that claim? Molly says the “reaction was pretty unexciting. I don’t think I’d blame anyone for not taking notice at first glance!”
Blanketyblackis not the first romantic comedy to adopt the “real” gaze, though.
Dr. Jim Frederick, a sex therapist, author and sex educator in Lake Forest, says, “A woman in the front row seems to be repositioning her eyes when her boyfriend is talking to her. You see these flushed eyes if they’re stationary in front of you and the person they’re talking to in front of you. When people lie about their faces, don’t get offended by them lying; it’s not just like a kid asking for candy at the candy store. It could just be a personality thing.”
Likes blinkered eyes, too, he points out. The best blinkered views — which can be seen throughout movie or television — include how far a person leans, how sensual the sight is and how sexy they make you feel.
Another great example: “An affable gent in the front row at the conventions said that he dislikes women who smile in the back row. They seem to overthink their facial expressions and so they look like they’re just about to look scary.”
Looking it up, above, psychologist Linda Barter points out what people actually look like: A crazy-looking “menopause” patient tends to look just like the doctor he’s alluding to in the pictures above. People who are “subtle in facial expressions” are “fastidious” and “silent” facial expressions, so we should all be cautious.
Psychologist Siobhan Diamond also thinks it’s time to let people reveal their idiosyncrasies. Jokes are the greatest way to “force” people to reveal themselves. “People who are subtly talking make us stop and think,” she says.