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Ruth Wilson is sick of doing orgasm face. And she has a point

Ruth Wilson is sick of doing the orgasm face on screen and says there should be more emphasis on male sexuality.

Ruth Wilson and Hollywood sex scenes

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Is there too much pressure on women to be overly sexual on screen? Are women forced to accept that being a sexual being is part of how they’re seen by the world on screen and in life?

Ruth Wilson sure seems to think so, saying she’s sick of being overly sexualised, with sex scenes too often focusing on women: how they look, how they react, how they orgasm, even!

“I kept insisting, ‘Why have I always got to do the orgasm face?’ There should be a male orgasm face. Why is it always the woman who’s orgasming? Let’s analyse the male orgasm,” Ruth Wilson said during an interview with Net-a-Porter’s magazine, The Edit.

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Wilson was specifically talking about the process she encountered during the filming of her Golden Globe Award-winning role in The Affair. She and costar, Dominic West, would talk through their sex scenes to find out the best way in which to tackle them.

“… for Dominic and myself, every time it came up we asked, ‘Do we need this? What are we saying with it?’ It’s hard to make good sex scenes work. There are so many crap ones out there,” she added.

Wilson also went on to talk about how much of the nudity and sexual responsibility falls on women, who then feel it necessary to show their breasts and naked bodies.

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“Women have to provide the titillation because penises can’t be seen on screen but breasts can,” Wilson said. “It’s assumed that women will get their breasts out and have to get their breasts out and I baulk at that. It’s unnecessary and unfair.”

Sex scenes are notoriously challenging for actors, both male and female, but these celebrities prove that the experience can be vastly different from person to person.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender and Hollywood sex scenes

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“Sex scenes can be quite awkward. As a guy, the first thing you want to do is make sure you’re not taking advantage. You don’t want the girl to feel like you’re getting a free feel or something. I try to make a fool of myself in one way or another to lighten the mood and then just go for it, because you don’t want to be doing take after take.”

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet and Hollywood sex scenes

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“You can literally be tangled in sheets and you turn to the other actor and say, ‘What the f*** are we doing?’ Dear Mum, at work today I had so-and-so’s left nut sack pressed against my cheek. It’s sort of unethical if you think about it in those terms.”

Chloë Sevigny

Chloe Sevigny and Hollywood sex scenes

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“When it comes to sex scenes, I’m not comfortable doing them — I don’t think anyone ever is comfortable doing those kinds of scenes.”

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley and Hollywood sex scenes

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“It was both of our first times having an onscreen [sex] scene. It was such a safe, comfortable environment and I am so grateful that it was with Miles, because he was such a gentleman and made me feel very comfortable and nurtured. And I think I made him feel very comfortable and nurtured. It was really sweet. We wanted it to just feel natural,” Shailene Woodley said about her role alongside Miles Teller in the film, The Spectacular Now.

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman and Hollywood sex scenes

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“He is completely naked except for not even the thickness of a sock. I can completely feel his boner. He’s not even a real actor, he’s an extra. And he’s smashing me and f***ing the shit out of me in the scene. I did [put on undies] but you couldn’t see. It felt very violating. It made me realise I’m a very strong woman and this happened to me. It’s not rape but it was kind of a wake-up call.”

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