SEX ON TV FINALLY GOT INTERESTING
Sex scenes used to be fairly predictable: clothes off, doona on, three thrusts, two orgasms, zero chemistry. Even the likes of Sex and the City – as sexually liberated as it seemed – was more talk than action. But at last producers are upping the ante. Season four of Girls opened with Marnie (Allison Williams) receiving ‘annilingus’ in the kitchen – as you do. Not to be outdone, there’s pegging (one to google) in Amy Poehler’s comedy Broad City, a 69 in The Americans, and lengthy man-onwoman oral sex in The Good Wife. Plus, it’s not just what’s being done that’s evolving, but who’s doing it. How To Get Away With Murder gives the same detail and emotional complexity to its gay sex scenes as it does to straight ones, while a pivotal episode of Masters of Sex – the program based on sex researchers Masters and Johnson – was a lab test involving female masturbation. After observing several orgasms, we discover the version society considers most ‘typical’ of women – loud, breathless, writhing – was being faked. The lesson. Every woman’s different. And that’s the crux of 2015’s TV sex scenes. Some are funny, some are uncomfortable, but for the frst time, some leave us thinking, ‘I might try that’ – and that can only be a good thing. Though be sure to check the stove’s off frst.
FROM TOP: MARNIE IN THAT SCENE IN GIRLS; BROAD CITY’S ABBI AND A JADE ORNAMENT – JOKING, IT’S A STRAP-ON.