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Maggie Gyllenhaal on why there are so few good movies about female sexuality

"The question is why, if half of the adult population is women who have sex, why is it difficult to see?

I personally think this doesn’t necessarily account for this movie, but the most interesting sex scenes that I’ve done or seen are the ones that are truthful from a women’s perspective — instead of what I think everybody got used to in the ’80s and ’90s: put on a black Victoria’s Secret demi bra and be lit perfectly and arch your back. That’s supposed to look like sex.

But that doesn’t look like sex for most people, and if it does, I think you’re probably missing out on a lot. The more truthful you can be, the sexier it is and the more uncomfortable it can make you sitting next to a stranger in a movie theater."

"Maggie Gyllenhaal on Sex Scenes From a Woman’s Perspective" in the NY Times. She stars in the film Hysteria which is at the Tribeca Film Festival right now.