SEX ON TV FI­NALLY GOT IN­TER­EST­ING

GQ (Australia) - - CHAMPION -

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.

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