Nervous about an upcoming date with a
“well-endowed” guy (Isiah Maxwell), Demi Sutra looks to her friend Kira
Noir for confidence and reassurance; this premise anchors Bree Mills’
newly unveiled series, “Our Love Stories.”
As I started watching this series, I noted immediately that the
crux of the story was Demi’s hesitation at the idea of having sex with
Isiah because he’s got a big dick and she’s worried she might not
physically be able to handle it due to her small physical stature.
That’s a legitimate concern some partners have, and the idea of a
big-dick guy smashing a tiny girl is a well-known trope in porn that is
especially prevalent when Black talent is involved.
Bree Mills doesn’t shy away from this trope, but she turns it
into a compelling story that feels realistic to the fantasy and relevant
to the real-world industry. There is no fetishization here, it’s just a
woman, attracted to a man, worried that sex won’t be possible because
their bodies may not be compatible. How refreshing to see the
big-dick-Black-man trope handled with such respect. Thank you Bree.
This was a really well-executed episode. Demi is full of angst
and anxiety and it comes through the screen in spades. This is the
strongest character performance I’ve seen from her. Kira Noir also plays
her supportive friend perfectly. She’s understanding and patient, but
slightly frustrated as well. This is a very realistic position as
oftentimes people who witness their presumably gorgeous friends
struggling with confidence can feel astounded at their self-doubt.
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i finally finds herself alone with Isiah, there’s a
vulnerable moment where she reveals her worries to him, and he responds
with the grace and empathy so many people are looking for in
relationships. It’s romance on a personal level that goes beyond the
surface level gift-giving and courting we see so often. Once the sex
starts, the personal connection is made even stronger by the willingness
of both parties to communicate with each other. There are so many
moments where they check for consent and it completely dispels the
notion that asking permission kills the mood during sex. Nothing could
be further from the truth and this scene is a wonderful example of that.
This is especially evident when Maxwell finally slides himself
inside Sutra. He’s so gentle with her and so aware of her body’s
responses to his actions. His care and respect for her boundaries allows
Sutra to open herself to her pleasure and the result is magical. The
narrative twist comes at the conclusion of the episode when Isiah drops
Demi off at her place. As he drives away and Demi goes inside, Noir
walks up to the driveway (unseen by either lover), and stares fiercely
after the departing Maxwell. Certainly, this story isn’t over…
I applaud Bree Mills for this project. This is the exact kind of
treatment Black performers asked for over the summer, and it’s nice to
see someone affiliated with a major studio listen and take action.
Things like this give the marginalized communities faith that all the
support over the summer wasn’t just lip service. The sex itself was also
wonderfully played in the context of the story which is where feature