Hetero Inhuman Sex
posted by November 11 at 15:47 PMon
But that’s not what I want to think about. What I want to consider instead is this scene from Shoot ‘Em Up:
Yes, yes! It’s amazing! The amazing thing about it, however, is not that Clive Owen can fuck Monica Bellucci while killing a unit of assassins but that he can maintain his erection during a very stressful situation.
Some science: Erections are only possible if the human male is relaxed. To get hard, the body must turn on the parasympathetic nervous system. The opposite of this system is the sympathetic nervous system, which releases adrenalin. This system accelerates the heart and breathing rate (there is danger in the air, one must fly or defend themselves from harm). The parasympathetic system, on the other hand, slows down the heart and breathing rate (the pleasant digestion of a heavy meal, an afternoon nap). The bottom of this slow down is the place where the cock can get hard. And sex is essentially a return to the alert level of the sympathetic system—the moment it is reached, the man ejaculates.
Clearly the hero in Shoot ‘Em Up is not human or a man. His flight/fright system does not turn on in a moment of danger. His muscles do not need the extra energy for increased speed and strength. He can kill in a perfectly calm state—the state a normal man/human is in when taking a nap.