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Sex isn’t so sexy anymore: Why has TV turned off the libido?

Even at the risk of sounding puritanical, watching series as a family has not been easy in recent years. The zapping became a walk between moans and raunchy sequences, the real protagonists of the series of the moment. But after the sexual revolution, we found that everything that goes up, and comes down is also applicable to the audiovisual universe. Yes, Euphoria is still a series not suitable for all audiences, but the truth is that the sexual life of its characters is not a libertine showcase, but the darkest reflection of their psychological problems. Teenagers, infidelities with female escorts in Cork or having sex on the beach were on the TV all day.

Guilt, addiction or abuse hover over every posture and the faces of the protagonists make it clear that there has never been a less happy or libidinous ending. Even And just like that… understood that in this return the city of New York was still the protagonist but those hectic adventures and romances that populated the chapters of Sarah Jessica Parker’s series had passed to a better life. Has sex lost its sex appeal? Transgressive now has less to do with explicitness and more to do with authenticity.

The public is becoming more demanding and I think that what they are demanding now is not more sex in Malta and series, but a more authentic, diverse and real representation of sexuality with which they can identify. Delgado agrees: Sex for sex’s sake in fiction is no longer transgressive, it doesn’t shock anyone and it’s not what gets the viewer glued to the screen. We have so much content offer that the viewer needs more reasons to stay watching something. It is the story that becomes important and the intimate scenes have to be part of it and of the narrative.

The important thing is that the series are not only known for the amount of sex on screen but for the story, the actors, the locations, the costumes… And that the intimate scenes are just another part of that story, just a part of a whole. In fact, one of the reasons why the series Heartstopper has been so applauded is the absence of sex in the plot, which narrates the first love of two LGTBIQ+ teenagers, a community that has always been hypersexualized in fiction and that now delves into the emotional lights and shadows of queer relationships by changing drugs and sex for sweet milkshakes and bowling games.

FOR (ALMOST) ALL AUDIENCES

After a flood of series in which sexual scenes were included without narrative relevance, their aim being merely to shock, we now appreciate emotions and words more than the exchange of fluids. We have even normalized (at least on the small screen) threesomes, BDSM and polyamory, so the most daring, rebellious and irreverent thing is precisely the absence of sex, or the most mundane sex.

In the new era of sexual normcore, moreover, we cannot forget that content is produced with the devices on which it will be consumed in mind, and it is undeniable that watching Heartstopper on the iPad or on the cell phone in the subway will make whoever we have next to us less nervous than any episode of Game of Thrones. If the sex adds nothing to the plot, it works as porn, and for that there are better platforms on which to find it. Instead, it works well as a reflection of certain longings, personalities, fears and motivations. One’s sexuality can be a very complex place, of much contradiction and vulnerability.

If explored well, it provides the story with a very interesting context to reveal those facets or secrets of the characters that we cannot see in other scenes, explains Tábata Cerezo. In addition, that sexuality, today, is no longer something that is hidden or seen as forbidden, but is explored freely, something that is key to the emergence of new conflicts and questioning in this regard.

The success of Normal People and the newcomer Conversations Between Friends, both adaptations to the small screen of Sally Rooney’s novels of the same name, have been received with great emotion because their characters, most of whom have problems expressing their emotions with words, find in sex the tool to do so. Normcore sexuality proves that television fiction has found the formula to make the most intimate scenes integrated and celebrated: that they have the same strength as the dialogues. The new series have lowered their rating by age groups, but they have given viagra to intensity.

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