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By placing Violet’s character in control in this sex scene, the stereotype or heterosexually conceived notion of butch=masculine=aggressive and femme=feminine=submissive is undermined. As described in Nobles’s article, “Bound and Invested: Lesbian Desire and Hollywood Ethnography,? Violet is the “sexual initiator,? reinscribing her role as a femme. I think that another important aspect of this sex scene is the exclusion of phallocentrism, which Kessler points out is rare in heterosexual films.
If Violet and Corky changed positions in this scene, I don’t think the scene would be true to the characters. It’s important that we see Violet not just as a seductress who enjoys pleasure, but as a strong woman who loves women and wants to give pleasure.