Naked Lady of the Week: Sharon Sorrentino

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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Female sultriness is a quality that’s in short supply these days. Or at least it seems that way to me. But if you look at glossy porn mags of the late ’70s and early ’80s, you’ll see lots of sultriness. It was one of the qualities their photographers were aiming for. Modern cheesecake, even when it’s trying for sophistication, just doesn’t bring the same atmosphere or heat — that sense of erotic fermentation. Why the change?

I suppose it’s partly explained by the infantilization of the culture. Today, women and men alike would rather remain rooted in the squeaky simplicity of their teen years than grow into shapes that folks of earlier eras would consider ripe and fully formed. And sultriness, at least the kind I’m talking about, is a mature-grownup thing. Sure, teenagers can ape it, often appealingly, but they rarely integrate it into a larger whole.

Also, I think digital photography has made the whole process of erotic image-making a little rote. Back in the day a photographer had to work for those steamy-gauzy effects. A photo was a real and crafted thing. Now you shoot a thousand of them in 30 minutes. There’s not much soul in it. Does authentic sultriness require a degree of soulfulness? I think so.

Anyway, all I know about Sharon Sorrentino’s personal details is that she posed for some major magazines back around 1980. Nearly 40 years have passed, but her sultriness is still there for us to recognize and appreciate.

Nudity below. Have a great weekend.

About Fabrizio del Wrongo

Recovering liberal arts major. Unrepentant movie nut. Aspiring boozehound.
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