Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bite Me

You won't find this move in Cosmopolitan's 75 New Positions.

In "A Vampire is Being Beaten: Desade Through the Looking Glass in Buffy and Angel", Jenny Alexander writes about BDSM in the Buffyverse. The same themes apply to several storylines in True Blood. Alexander writes about the “cognizant and inflected sense of kink, which includes the ‘permission to play’ afforded by the preternatural resilience of vampire and slayer bodies” present in the Buffyverse. That same “kink” characterizes True Blood, with such graphic scenes as Bill twisting his maker Lorena’s head all the way around while they have sex. Graphic vampire/ vampire coupling aside, the several vampire/ human sex scenes in True Blood also offer varying degrees of kink, since sometimes the humans invite the vampires to bite them, and sometimes they are used as slaves or blood bags.

Here’s what Stephen Moyer (the actor who plays vampire Bill Compton) has to say about vampire sexuality in general: “The thing about vampirism is that it taps into a female point of view – you have an old-fashioned gentleman with manners who is a fucking killer… it’s an interesting duality, because in our present society it would be an odd thing for a woman to say, ‘I want my man to be physical with me.’ How, as a modern man, can you fucking work that? It’s one thing to be polite and gentle… But when do you know it’s OK to crawl out of the mud and rape her [as Bill does in one scene]?… It’s difficult stuff for a bloke, but a vampire gets away with it…. I think that’s the attraction of the show – it’s looking back at a romantic time when men were men, but they were still charming.”

I disagree with Moyer on three points. First, there is nothing odd about a modern woman saying, “I want my man to be physical with me”. Like Buffy’s later seasons, True Blood showcases female sexual agency. Sookie and most of the female main characters on the show are active, independent, and sexually powerful. That is tied with the second point that Moyer is wrong on: the character Bill never rapes Sookie. The graveyard scene is consensual. Sookie is outspoken and knows what she wants, and never once does she have nonconsensual sex. Third, he evidently does not understand the attraction of True Blood. People don’t watch True Blood because the vampires are romantic and charming gentlemen. That might be the case for the watered-down morality tale Twilight, but True Blood’s appeal lies in its sexual intensity. It invites slash fiction writers with its homoerotic dream sequences between vampires. It takes the pornographic aspects of Buffy to new heights, with constant imagery of what Alexander calls “Beautiful bloodied male torso frequently served up in conjunction with aggressive female power”, outfits with a distinct fetish flavor, and explicit torture scenes.


  1. I laughed when I saw this scene. Not just because of the over the top nature of it all but also because I think it just perfectly captures how women fantasize about hot sex and is the same kind of scene that you read over and over again in women's romantic novels. On one hand you have the woman being unbelievably attractive to the man (definitely the kind of power that women have or fantasize about having), and on the other hand you have the guy losing control and forcing himself upon her (showing man's helplessness towards female sexual power and at the same time demonstrating physical strength).

    The element of force is here is definitely not to show some kind of rape scene or show any kind of male domination over women which Stephen Moyer surmises and is uncomfortable with. I think the element of force here demonstrates instead just the opposite; it demonstrates the power and domination women have over men in the sexual realm.

  2. I cringed at this scene because that shit was crazy at first sight. However, I sat down and thought if I was immortal and had hundreds of years worth of sex would I do stuff like this? And being honest to be myself I had to say yes. That just reinforces why I am a True Blood fan because I belief it to be a very accurate portrayal of vampirism as it would be if it existed.


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