Aura you erotic essay appeared at the top of Medium when I opened it with the banner: Recommended for you based on your interests. Pretty neat! I do a lot of writing if you search here in Medium but you will not find one erotic essay in the bunch. But there are many essays with erotic (but not too) photographs that now at my age of 74 (retired from being a magazine photographer/writer) I take obsessively. Because of my age I am looking for women like the one in your essay. But it is almost impossible to find any. While I would never resort to Photoshop’s Diffuse Glow there are ways through good lighting that some of the “deffects” you mention in your story can be minimized and or eliminated. I applaud your erotica especially because it brings to light that at least with this man (married now to my wife for 48 years) beauty is to be found past the half century.