Sex and Candy
The come-hither looks on the faces of women eating chocolate in stock photographs.
If commercial photographs of women eating salad (as first portrayed hilariously on the Hairpin and already countered with Buzzfeed's men eating fruit salad) tend to convey healthy, righteous fun—why, that woman can't possibly be depriving herself if she's laughing!—ads and stock images of women eating chocolate tend to convey pleasure of the bow-chicka-bow-wow variety. Chocolate equals sex. Current TV's Sarah Haskins has already noted: It's only normal to look like you're getting busy savoring that chocolate you're eating alone.
In the accompanying slide show, there's a woman about to eat a chocolate bar with a come-hither look in her green eyes. There's a close-up of a woman's wet lips as she moves a bonbon toward her mouth. Women eating chocolate tend to have tousled hair and heads thrown back in desire. Sometimes they look guilty, in a seductive sort of way. Sometimes they wear red negligees while clutching candies greedily. There's one in our collection that's just a close-up of a woman's torso with a chocolate bar tucked into the waist of her unbuttoned jean shorts. 'Nuff said.
They are usually just about to bite. They are beautiful, and they are hungry, and you just know they're going to eat the whole thing.
Click here for a slide show of women seductively eating chocolate.
Libby Copeland is a writer in New York and a regular Slate contributor. She was previously a Washington Post reporter and editor for 11 years. She can be reached at email@example.com.