• Tue, Oct 18 2011

Someone Lied To Christian Louboutin About How Sex With Women Works

Oh, Christian Louboutin. You are well versed in many things, but the female orgasm is clearly not one of them. I mean, it’s not like I expect a gay man to know the intimate details of how sex with women works, but if someone told me some outlandish thing about what it’s like for a man to have sex with another man, like, oh, I don’t know, that gay men shoot glitter dragons out of their butts when they climax, I would probably fact check it before passing it along.

Allow me to explain. In a recent puff piece in The Daily Mail that explored why women love his shoes so much, Louboutin related an interesting theory from an un-named French academic:

She said that what is sexual in a high heel is the arch of the foot, because it is exactly the position of a woman’s foot when she orgasms. So putting your foot in a heel, you are putting yourself in a possibly orgasmic situation.

I just tried to contort my foot into the type of position it’s in on the rare occasion I cram it into a high heeled shoe, and let me tell you, that’s not a position it would ever go into on its own, consciously or unconsciously. When I have sex, I generally want my whole body to feel good, so barring some kind of painful fetish play, why would anyone want to contort their foot like they have a horrid torture shoe on? Isn’t part of the fun of getting undressed that you get to take off your painful shoes?

It’s clear that this French academic was messing with Monsieur Louboutin. Ladies like his shoes for a whole bunch of reasons—they make their legs and asses look good, they make them taller, they go with their outfits, they make them feel sexy in a general way, they show off how much money they have, they are incredibly well made—but “they remind them of how their feet look when they climax” is not one of them. Or maybe it is? Gentle high heel wearing readers, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

(Via The Daily Mail)

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  • Magda

    There is this whole feminist book written on heels that I cant remember the name of, so perhaps what I say holds no validity, but basically, it explores how a lot of “fashions” for women are actually created to attract men based on subtle arousal cues/body language. Like make up, especially blush and red lipstick, is supposed to mimic the blood flow/blush brought on by arousal/orgasm. Along with this is also the idea that heels forcibly contort a womans foot into the same flexing arch that she has during climax.

    I’m not saying I entirely agree with it, but its not the first time that I have heard that same idea.

  • Eileen

    I was going to say what Magda did – that maybe it’s not that we’re supposed to have orgasms from wearing heels, but that men are supposed to see what our feet look like in heels and imagine us having orgasms.

    Was that book The Science of Beauty, by Nancy Etcoff? Because if so, I read it, too, and it was really interesting even if it did have some major problems.

  • MM

    I’m pretty sick of evo-psych type theories, personally. It’s just a bunch of hypothesizing without evidence.

  • jayme

    Yes, the arch works, but I’m pretty certain an orgasm, widely known as a toe-curling experience, promotes the opposite position of toes as they are in heels. I can’t even imagine the pain of wearing heels that made me walk on curled toes, and not the flats of them. Yowch.