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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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Elise-Marie Elise-Marie 4 years
I don't have a problem with the loosening of censorship in regards to sex on the screen. I'd much rather that than all the violence! We humans have sex, and that's just a fact of life, so I too am glad that it's not such a taboo subject. However, I do worry about the overexposure of sex and sexual situations and how it affects young viewers.
Venus1 Venus1 4 years
Sex and the City is fun - nothing more.It has nothing to do with real sex, nor does it pretend to do so.How can a TV show stop sex being any different?
Venus1 Venus1 4 years
Sex and the City is fun - nothing more. It has nothing to do with real sex, nor does it pretend to do so. How can a TV show stop sex being any different?
dikke-kus dikke-kus 4 years
Men and women who talk about sex like its a science experiment is boring to me. People who spell it out step by step as if its putting together a grill from Home Depot will always miss the point. Not too mention they have no class to begin with.
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 4 years
Oh blah blah blah! Just because people TALK about all the time does not make it FEEL any less pleasurable!
MeiGaku MeiGaku 4 years
i think it's great that sex is no longer a taboo subject. i'm not saying people have to run around telling every stranger about their sex lives, but the transparency i have with my close friend is super important to me, because being asian, we just don't have anyone else to talk to. it seems like ENJOYING sex is still a taboo for most women, because we still get labeled and whatnot. >shrug<
MeiGaku MeiGaku 4 years
i think it's great that sex is no longer a taboo subject. i'm not saying people have to run around telling every stranger about their sex lives, but the transparency i have with my close friend is super important to me, because being asian, we just don't have anyone else to talk to. it seems like ENJOYING sex is still a taboo for most women, because we still get labeled and whatnot. >shrug<
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 4 years
I agree that overexposure to sex has taken all the sexiness out of it. Some people think half the fun is kissing and telling, but I think it's far more fun to kiss and not tell. A little mystery never hurt anyone.
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