Whimn August 14, Whimn I was part of this book club, once, where the only thing we really read were the labels on wine bottles and the menu at the Lindt Chocolate cafe. But still, we met up once a month, nominally to discuss the ins and outs of a given novel, and in practice to drink a lot of wine and eat a lot of those moreish Lindt balls.
But there was one month when we actually read the book we were supposed to be discussing that evening. And it won't surprise anyone who has read those books , or watched that TV show, that it was Outlander.
Or, specifically, the forty page interlude towards the end of the first book when the story transcends its time-travelling, Scottish Jacobite rebellion, feminist and linguistic exploration roots and becomes straight-up, full-blown so to speak , weak-at-the-knees erotica.
Is it hot in here or is it just us? Deliver a heart-wrenching, fully-realised romance story. Deliver on the tantalising descriptions of an auburn-haired, virginal heartthrob who will defend everyone's honour and prove a quick study in cunnilingus. That's Jamie , ye sassenachs. And deliver on those primal, intense, supremely sexy sex scenes , which explores the way sex could deepen the connection between two deeply connected people. Did the TV show achieve this goal?
You bet your tartan shawl and dram of whiskey it does. And how do those scenes stack up against each other? I undertook the Herculean task of rewatching the series to rank each and every single sexual encounter between our star-crossed lovers Jamie and Claire. Someone had to do it. Season one, episode seven: The Wedding Night part one Let's get it on, Jamie.
Whimn We're naming this the least racy of the sexy sex scenes on the show only because it has the difficult position of being the first. Literally, this is Jamie's first time. And though we know that parts two and three! There's lots of heavy breathing and sexy unlacing of corsets - bodice-ripper? More like bodice-releaser - but after a couple of vigorous thrusts it's all over. Afterwards, Jamie tells Claire he's surprised that they could look at each other during the act.
Claire on top Photo: Whimn A very quick, blink-and-you'll-miss-it sex scene with Claire riding Jamie during the last trimester of her pregnancy.
Nothing else to report. Whimn Spoiler alert, but the second season of Outlander is characterised by Jamie and Claire's slow march towards their previous intimacy after Jamie's horrific and brutal rape at the hands of Jack Randall.
The couple's first of many almost-sex scenes in season two sees Claire surprise Jamie with the 18th-century version of a Brazilian and full-leg wax. But other than a long and lingering kiss, very sad and tender, it doesn't progress from there.
Jamie and Claire take it outdoors Al fresco sex, for the win. Whimn Until the couple are very brutally interrupted by British soldiers, Jamie and Claire have a steamy al fresco sex scene, which includes this absolutely hilarious line: Whimn The second season was rather light on sex scenes, and very heavy on, ahem, heavy petting. This is one of the season's many 'everything but' scenes, in which Jamie and Claire just make out furiously like teenagers.
We've given this one a higher ranking than some other actual sex scenes because Jamie is shirtless, for spurious reasons never quite explained in the plot.
I don't hear anyone complaining. When shall we two meet again? Whimn More kissing and no more sexing. That's what this scene, the last of the intimate moments between Claire and Jamie in the season - and, given the fact that at the end of season two she went back to her present-day '50s Scotland, potentially for a while - and I'm not going to lie, it's disappointing.
Yes, those two could kiss for their country, and yes, he's all rough and dirty from his commando raid on the British troops' camp, but I refuse to give a higher rating without proper penetration, goddamnit. Claire and Jamie reconnect Jamie and Claire reconnect. Whimn After several episodes of slowly re-establishing their relationship, Jamie and Claire finally reconnect on a dark and stormy night.
The sex is slow and intimate, a depiction of their mutual trust for each other. And it sure is great to see the band getting back together. Jamie uses his hands Jamie's a fast learner. Whimn One of the best things about Outlander, besides the obvious, of course, is that they never make you wait too long before dropping major plot reveals. If this was any other show - cough, Younger - Claire would agonise for episodes and episodes over whether to tell Jamie she's a time-traveller. But in Outlander Claire tells Jamie before the end of season one.
What happens next is one of the sexiest moments on the show, with Jamie bringing Claire to an overpowering orgasm with nothing but his strong hands. The following day, Claire decides not to head back to her old life and husband and stay with Jamie instead. Claire gets back at Jamie Photo: Whimn There are a thousand thinkpieces on Claire's feminism and whether or not it's anachronistic.
But in this scene it leads to a rousing cheer from me. After Jamie spanks Claire mercilessly for 'disobeying him', Claire uses a pivotal moment to remind him that she's okay with rough sex, but only when it's consensual.
Jamie wants Claire to finish A very bad screengrab of a very good scene. Whimn This episode comes out of the gate strong with some epic oral sex. Until some rude Laird starts rapping on the door.
The Wedding Night parts two and three Get it, girl. Whimn Much has been made of the feminist nature of the sex scenes in Outlander, and it's no coincidence that the show's first major sex scene was in an episode written by women and directed by a woman. After Jamie's cherry is unceremoniously popped, Claire reels him in for round two, instructing him to take off his shirt.
Claire walks around him, admiring his body, touching his glorious muscles - This is what the female gaze looks like, everybody - and then this happens: Hannah-Rose Yee is whimn's entertainment editor which basically means she gets to binge-watch TV, road-test crazy new food hybrids, sniff out the latest travel trends and interview awesome startup founders for a living.
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