This just in: women masturbate! It's totally normal and healthy! Everyone does it! So, now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about on-screen female masturbation scenes—which are pretty few and far between compared to their male equivalents because for some reason people get super uncomfortable with the idea that women like sex. And more specifically, like touching themselves. Even now, this is considered pretty scandalous—so cheers to films and TV shows like Fleabag , Girls , The Deuce , and Reign for breaking taboos.
The scene: Single mom Bridgette [Shaw, who also created the series] masturbates to photos of her ex's new girlfriend after a hilariously failed attempt to get off with a vibrator earlier in the episode.
The scene: Fans think Sam and Gabe are on again in the season two premiere—until its revealed that their hot and heavy sex scene is actually Sam's fantasy, and that she's in bed alone with a vibrator. The scene: Aimee Gibbs gets in touch with her own sexuality during her first masturbation experience, trying out lots of positions and techniques to figure out what works for her. I had the best wank, da-da-da-da-da. We don't masturbate. I think debunking some of those myths about if a boy plugs away, a girl's going to have a great time, but no, girls need to be like, 'No, this is what I want.
The scene: Textbook housewife Betty Draper is at home, doing housewifey chores, when she notices that the washing machine is shaking. Upon closer inspection, she realizes that the vibrating machine is actually totally fine and indulges in a fantasy. Her comments on it: None, about the washing machine love scene. The scene: Wachowski's character, India, masturbates in the shower while thinking about her uncle committing murder on her behalf. The scene like the entire movie is a twisted exploration of the link between sex and violence—including a rare look at how the two intertwine from a female perspective.
The anticipation is worse than actually filming it. The scene: Titular character Fleabag is minding her own business masturbating in bed as ya do —the catch is her boyfriend's asleep next to her and she's masturbating to Obama videos.
Her comments on the scene: "Ah yes, the masturbating-to-Obama bit! That was in the play. Originally, she was looking for something to distract herself from having a bad wank so she turns on the news and, well…I mean, it's Obama, can you blame her? The scene: Rooney's character gives herself her first ever orgasm thanks to masturbation. Because you really don't need another person to enjoy yourself, mmmkay? Why not? All the time! The scene: Marnie masturbates in a public bathroom while leaning against the door. Her comments on it: "A scene like [that] just gets added to the pile and gets smushed in.
It's been really interesting being interviewed and being asked about it so much, because I'm like, 'Oh, yeah, well there have been seven episodes since that scene. The scene: Lest you forget, Reign is a CW show. And CW shows don't typically show sex, let alone masturbation. But this scene features a royal bedding ceremony with witnesses—one of whom is so turned on that she runs away to masturbate.
Her comments on it: "This is the thing: I don't care about being naked on screen. I don't care about masturbating on screen; I don't care about sex scenes on screen. The aftermath is fine; I don't care who sees it. It's the actual process of filming it that sucks. It's unsexy, it's incredibly technical, it's incredibly boring and also incredibly embarrassing.
You're just like writhing around in front of a group of maybe 30 dudes because the set is primarily men…. But the act of a woman actually taking care of herself in that way is incredibly powerful.
The scene: Gyllenhaal's character masturbates after sex thanks to not orgasming during the deed itself. I wanted to know what her desire looks like.
And after we filmed it, he was like, 'Okay. We have made something feminist. We have. The scene: Beth's roommate finds her masturbating in the bathtub with a shower head. Everything happens off screen, but the hijinks! Her comments on it: None, because BFD. The scene: Boo is seen getting off with the end of a screwdriver, because when in jail, you gotta make due.
Her comments on it: "I jumped up and down like a little girl. I was that excited. Because I knew it was going to be something that people will remember. And indeed, it is. The first take, I started laughing because I made the mistake of thinking about what I was doing. That's a huge mistake when acting—you shouldn't think about it. So, the first take was one of the first shots on our gag reel. It was me, starting to masturbate, and howling with laughter. It's just like, 'What am I doing? I'm getting paid to do this. The scene: Glazer performs her "pre-masturbation ritual," which involves a mirror, candles, and a giant vibrator.
Treat yourself. Her comments on female sexuality on the show in general: "It's like these girls are horny but not under the male gaze. They're horny, period. Just starting from the vagina, not starting from some man looking at them. The scene: Adams' very pregnant character masturbates in bed while looking at a photo of her husband. Her comments on it: While talking about the most difficult scene to film in the movie, Adams said "It's a toss up between the masturbation and the hospital The scene: Allen is seen masturbating in the bathtub as the screen changes from black to color.
The scene: Kate Walsh's character masturbates while sleep walking. Her comments on it: "We actually shot all of those on the second day of shooting. The scene: Gyllenhaal's character fantasizes about her boss while masturbating. Her comments on sex in the film: "I love the fact that people wanna talk about sex. I mean, I wanna talk about sex, too. The scene: Rachel is masturbating to porn with a vibrator in the back of a van. Who knew a women pleasuring herself would be so newsworthy.
The scene: Watts' character masturbates on a bed, a moment that was so uncomfortable for the actress that director David Lynch had a tent made around her so she could be completely separated from the crew. Her comments on it: "I was mad at him for making me do this!
I remember saying, 'David, I can't do this! I did anger, I did crying, it was just wildly uncomfortable. The thing with David is he just keeps you going, you want to please him because he's after something really true and you don't want to give up. The scene: Okay, so Portman's masturbation scene was kind of unrealistic for most women, masturbating isn't a male's fantasy come to life, like it was depicted in this film —but it basically consists of her writhing around on her bed.
Her comments on it: "So disgusting. It was akin to the experience of watching the movie with my parents sitting next to me, let me tell you. The scene: Keough's character, an escort, enjoys watching herself masturbate. Her comments on it: "We wanted to show things that you don't really see, like the girl getting her period or the girl masturbating… You really feel like you're creeping in on this girl, so it's a bit uncomfortable. It's not like we're showing her masturbate just to have a masturbation scene.
It's showing every part of this person and her private moments. The scene: Her character stands completely naked and masturbates as Michael Sheen's character watches. Her comments on it: "That was shitty. I could not have been more well protected I just remember sitting in my trailer feeling for the first time since being on the show that I don't know if I can walk out there.
What is it going to take to be able to walk out there and do this. While the scene does not depict Sally masturbating on screen, it's implied and later confirmed by her mother, Betty's, reaction afterwards. Her comments on it: "I was very in the world of Sally when we shot that scene. The scene: Issa just casually wants to quench her thirst solo and is frustrated to find that the batteries in her vibrator are dead.
Even in a funny way. Especially black women! So we wanted to portray that, while remaining true to our show and showing sexual frustration. The scene: Recent high school grad Brandy Plaza wants to be more sexually experienced before she starts college, so she makes a list of experiences she wants and spends the summer checking them off. One item on the list is to bring herself to orgasm by masturbating. Her comments on it: "[Director Maggie Carey was] like, 'Well, the camera is going to see everything, so you just have to do it.