when i fantasize with this film i don’t really think of typical sex, it’s more the sexual tension of their relationship, the tension of the almost sex, i want them to be perpetually stuck in flirtation and games and touching and whispers, but not the actual sex.
help is this weird?
Good news! It’s not.
Labyrinth is an absolute pervert-magnet of a film. I know six people who independently told me that they realised that they were kinky because of it. It might be a children’s flick, but I could write an essay (which I’ll try to avoid here) about how it’s all about BDSM, and more importantly, it has it absolutely correct. Fuck you, Fifty Shades, David Bowie’s package did it better 25 years beforehand.
Jareth: "I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave."
I mean honestly. This is the exact nature of consensual powerplay relationships. The top/dom revels in their power, and the bottom/sub revels in their powerlessness. But the fact is that the person with the power is the person giving it up, because they can make it stop whenever they like by safewording. It’s all theatre. Bowie nails it. And for the record, if David Bowie isn’t kinky, then I will eat my own leg.
Sarah: "For my will is as strong as yours, my kingdom is as great. You have no power over me."
Jareth, as a character, relies on perceived power in order to maintain control. As soon as Sarah realises that her assumed submissive role is only that - assumed - she becomes his peer, capable of walking away and destroying his dominance.
Jesus fucking Christ, I love Labyrinth.
Anyway - getting back to your kink - unrequited sexual tension is powerful. The chase and the dance is the purest form of powerplay, allowing a submissive partner to have control, without having to yield their submissive nature. It’s validating, it feels good, and it’s fun.
|teacher:||On average, there are 7 people in the world that look similar to you.|
|friend:||*whisper to me* I'm gonna find the one that look like my crush.|
|me:||BITCH, I'M GONNA FIND THE REMAINING 6 THAT LOOKS LIKE MY BIAS|