Skip navigation! Meg O'Donnell. Sure, orgasms feel good — but what do they look like? We commissioned seven women photographers to create an image capturing what sexual pleasure means to them. The photographers took the brief and went for it. The results are pictures that depict what it's like to feel free and complete as a woman, they portray the complicated relationship we have with our bodies, they show friendship and openness, self-love and BDSM. It's a mixed bag of images; the complexities mirroring our own mixed relationships with sex. Click through the album to see why each photographer picked the subject that they did and how it relates to their own experience of pleasure. The one with the stand-up comedian who insisted on recordin.
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We teamed up with Brazilian photographer Marcos Alberti to launch a social experiment called the O Project, revealing the astonishing facial changes of 20 women before and after climaxing. A sexologist decrypts them for us! Why spend hundreds and thousands on your cosmetics, plus endure the daily hassle of applying and removing such make-up, when you could look amazing for free, all day, every day? Those reddened lips and blushed cheeks you see in the last frames are all natural.
Fact #1: The majority of women can’t orgasm from intercourse alone.
A new survey suggests that the orgasm gap is very, very real. Cosmopolitan surveyed over 2, women aged in an online poll about the female orgasm , and the results were eye-opening. The majority of respondents 67 percent said they have faked an orgasm with a partner, and 72 percent have been with a partner who climaxed but didn't attempt to help them orgasm. Women also reported that their partners orgasmed 95 percent of the time.
After the huge success of his first photo project where he captured people before and after drinking one , two and three glasses of wine , Marcos Alberti is back with a new photo series, which aims to break down the barriers of female sexual joy. To achieve orgasm, the models used personal massagers — though the project was kept tasteful as everything below the waist was hidden from view — even from the photographer. To create a diverse set of photos, Marcos used women of all ethnicities and nationalities, with some models more sexually liberal countries such as the USA and France, as well as women from more conservative communities such as China and Singapore. Marcos did this in hopes his series would hold one powerful underlying message: that all women deserve to be in control of their sexuality, no matter their background. He wanted his audience to see that women should be free to be empowered by — and have a little fun with — their sexuality. We hope that everyone viewing this project will feel more confident about their bodies and sexuality. All it takes is one smile at a time.