Regarding the trend’s potential background, McKay quotes educational leadership expert Dr Janet Rose Wojtalik: “Possibly our state of affairs, which includes an overabundance of themes of submissiveness, promiscuity and misplaced values, has created an insecurity in our society,” she said. “When this happens we begin to feel out of control. These themes are a way for us to regain power, or at least a feeling of power.”
Well, Dr Wojtalik, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar: when it comes to film and TV, sex sells, and its lack is just another way to investigate a character’s personal narrative.
See, nobody is here to accuse Hollywood (and its television relatives) of being original. As this list of “copycat films” (never forget the great Armageddon versus Deep Impact battle of 1998) should demonstrate, there’s nothing Hollywood likes more than mining the collective unconscious and filling the multiplexes with eerily similar movies. So, in that sense, critic Dan Hetching is more or less on the money when he notes that Hollywood likes to employ a “revolving door” of sex-related themes: “First it was prostitutes, then MILFs, now it’s back to virgins.”
But what’s different about this current run of televisual deflowerings is that they mostly step outside the tired traditional model of on-screen virginity. That is, the “most precious gift” (thanks, Mr Abbott) treatment for female virgins, who lack even basic agency (not to mention the inevitable gruesome end for any horror movie female who dares to slip between the covers), and for their male equivalents, the “hilarious” race to the finish line (American Pie, Losin’ It) and crushing horror of virginity (The 40 Year Old Virgin)."
Getting real deep about how Fox reckons sexual inexperience is now a trend
Can’t wait to see what Bob of Newcastle types think of today’s piece, Do men fake orgasms?
Re: the Gumtree cheese ad, it’s obviously a food play thing, and I guess I always felt like food play/wet and messy of the Splosh! Magazine variety always just seemed really… non-threatening and fun? Like, at least the models were nearly always smiling?
(The - seemingly sole - alternative is where the models are pouting like “I can’t believe you just threw this pie at me”.)
I did some serious journalisms this week.