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Anatomical Natt

Bloody lips.

You know what's just gnawing at me?

This phrase:

"He bit his lover's lip hard enough to draw blood."

And others to that effect.

Is that supposed to be sexy? Creative? Artistic?

It's none of those. If anything, it's clichéd (therefore boring), unrealistic (therefore pointless in most kissing and sex scenes), and just plain silly. Especially when it's followed up by something like, "It stung a bit at first, but as his lover licked at the wound the pain turned into pleasure."

What the hell are they---puppies?

I think it's safe to say that most people don't get off on feeling (physical) pain. I think it's safe to say that most fictional characters are included.

So why is this so common? I will tell you. Because a few people thought it was neat when Someone Unknown first used the phrase at the Dawn of Fandom; they copied it, and then people started copying them, and so fourth. Now it's commonplace. A throwaway line. A space-waster. Neither imaginative nor useful. I cringe if I come across any variant.

I also dislike it when applied to one person. For example, if Harry is being derided by Snape on a particularly bad day, he may bite his own lip in annoyance or frustration. Many times, an author will write that he bites to the point of blood trickling down his lip. The common reaction is for Harry to lick the blood away, without acknowledging his pain. Tell me, how is this so? Don't you react when you stub your toe, prick your finger, or have a run-in with the family cat's little claws? Not to mention pressing your blunt tooth through the sensitive flesh of your lip!

Not to say pain is out of the question, you crazy kids. But surely you can think of some other painful, sexual act to amuse yourself with? What about fisting? There should be more fisting in fandom. :)

I like pain, I like blood, I like biting, I don't like lip biting that's so hard it draws blood at all. That's just rude, it makes an unsexy sore, and I just don't get it.

I agree, 100%. Maybe there are people out there who do like that, but I'm guessing that Harry probably isn't one of them.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

This has been bugging me for years now. It is not attractive. It seriously hurts, and it takes a lot of pressure to break the surface of the lip to the extent that you have blood running down your chin. Oh, what a gorgeous sight! It's not the kind of thing you can just do when you're angry, or trying not to laugh. At the very least, the survival instinct is so strong that you'll never be able to bite yourself so hard as you do when you're chewing and your teeth miss the food, or you trip and bite your tongue.

Exactly who thinks "Hmm, what this kiss needs is a bit of haemoglobin! Don't mind if I munch on your lower lip, do you?" It needs to be stopped now.

(here via daily snitch, by the way)

Hmm, what this kiss needs is a bit of haemoglobin!


I think I've tried biting my lip to see how far I could go before I had to stop. Didn't even make a mark. You're probably right about the survival instinct thing. I was afraid I'd bite a chunk of my lip clear off. Mm, what a snack.

Biting is sexy, drawing blood is nigh impossible! I mean, (and here I delve into TMI) I think as a kink, I could get into it, but I've never been able to bite through my own skin, though I have left marks (heh) and bruises on others. We're not vampires, for goodness sake.

Came in from the Daily Snitch

Biting lips until their boodly is only hot in my opinion if it's in the Buffy Fandom. Vampire and Blood go good together :P or like what someone said in rapfics.*shugs*

Re: Came in from the Daily Snitch

Haha, perhaps if it was a vampire doing to biting, yes, it would be realistic. I don't like vampire stuff myself, but... :)

I agree. I personally find nothing attractive with biting someone's lip till it bleeds. A bit too odd for me.

I've actually never read any fanfics with fisting in them, I didn't even thought there were any! Any suggestions on some good ones?

Since we are a bit on the subject of sex and cliches, I have one of my own. Why is it that every time a female has sex with a male (take Hermione and Draco for example) there is never any hint of a condom used and the girl never ever gets pregnant. Highly un-realistic if you ask me. I am assuming most if not all of the fanfic writers who have written sex scenes like this have gone to a sex-ed class and know the consequences of unprotected sex...