Women biting their lips and fingers

A film poster currently in use (in Australia at least) for the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey”:


The use of the trope of nervous biting of the lip is interesting.

This site discusses the possible meanings of biting one’s lip. Both men and women are credited with doing it, but it seems more typically a female bit of body language to me. Here is another example of the trope, from the cover of a book of erotic photography:


A woman biting the tips of her fingers also conveys flirtatious or fearful or uncertain mood. I discuss the video below in context here. Note the childlike indecisive biting of the tips of her fingers at 1:14:

More fingers to lips here, again from Fifty Shades of Grey:


(DISCLAIMER: I have not seen Fifty Shades of Grey, and don’t intend to. I have dipped into the first book, but did not finish it.)

Women also seem to play with their hair more than men, and some of these actions may represent what anthropologists call “care of the body surface”. Women are also more likely to attend obsessively to their body surface and extremities, sometimes perhaps in a pathological way (self-cutting; trichotillomania – hair pulling, more common in women). It is possible that women are simply more prone to self-grooming (and also allogrooming – grooming others – as seen when a woman touches a man to adjust his coat, for example, in a flirtatious gesture).

Women seem to primp a great deal, and to attend to the details and extremities of their bodies more than men. For the lips, there is lipstick, sometimes obsessively and constantly applied throughout the day. And there is great attention to fingernails, to painting toenails and to selection of shoes.

LATER: Another example of lip biting:



3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by natural resources on February 22, 2015 at 12:22 am

    “Note the childlike indecisive childlike biting of the tips of her own fingers”


  2. Posted by Julian O'Dea on January 29, 2016 at 10:29 am

    How to bite your lip seductively (also discusses batting your eyelashes – something my wife used to do years ago).



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