Katoptronophilia, or sex in front of a mirror, is very exciting. Images of 1970s bedrooms with mirrors at the ceiling may come in mind. Sex in front of a mirror isn’t all that weird. But why do we like watching ourselves going at it?
Many people, both men and women, get turned on when they watch their partners body. The way they move and their facial expression are signals that we are doing a good job. By having seks in front of a mirror, not only we get to see more of our partner, but we can see ourselves too. How does your body respond? That image can be a big turn on when you are having solo sex with a sex toy. It’s like the opposite of voyeurism. You’re not looking secretly at someone else, but you are knowingly looking at yourself.
Sex in front of a mirror gives you a third person view point. You see what your partner is doing. Your arched back, your begging eyes, her hopeful opened mouth… And you get the opportunity to watch yourself from a perspective that is normally impossible.
To enjoy sex in front of a mirror you need to be a bit of a voyeur and exhibitionist at the same time. Because you are not only watching someone who has sex, you’re also watching yourself having sex.
Especially if you are stil in some kind of discovery phase, sex in front of a mirror can be very educational. You have the chance to watch what places you like to be touched and how it looks like if you’re having sex with someone else.
Beter than a camera
The great thing of a mirror is that you can see immediately what it is you are doing. You see instantly how your partner responds. Even if you don’t look each other in the eyes (for instance, when you are doing it doggy style) you can still make eye contact. That makes sex in front of a mirror super hot.
And it is full sized. You can record yourself with a camera, but in that case you can’t watch it instantly and it’s not full sized. But above all, you run the risk that your sex tapes falls into the wrong hands.
Watching yourself can improve your self image. If you see how you look when you are turned on and how excited your partner gets by it, it can make you self assured. Put up a show in front of the mirror and watch your partner become aroused.
You don’t have to be narcissistic to love watching yourself. You are just looking at your own porn in real time, and you are the star. But also being watched is a big turn on for many. With a mirror you can do that in a safe environment, without the need for strangers to be present.