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Has Pop Culture Desensitized Us to Sex?

Sex and the City Charged With Ruining Sex For the World

Sex used to be mysterious; sex also used to be taboo. But now sex writer Karen Krizanovich says it's not even sexy anymore. Overexposure in pop culture has made the formerly forbidden act at best pleasant, on average banal, and at worst political.

While sex's overexposure can be traced back much farther than Sex and the City, Krizanovich says the show was the tipping point. They didn't just have sex, they also talked about it from every angle imaginable. To prove her point, she cites an unembarrassed Samantha lecturing onlookers at a Middle Eastern market about sexual liberation after condoms spill out of her purse, but I feel pretty secure saying nobody in real life would ever do that.

Maybe sex has lost some of its seduction — a byproduct of the sexual revolution, but that's also just a natural evolution. Just like we can't blame pop culture for single acts of violence, we can't hold it responsible for bad sex lives.

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