Murder! Guns! Graphic war scenes! A man tenderly running his hand …
Whoa, whoa! We can’t let our kids see that!
Our sensibilities about sex and violence have always been a bit hypocritical. Jamie Lee Curtis taking off her top in Trading Places? That’s an R rating. A film strewn with death? Today, PG-13. In the old days, just PG. Even the original Star Wars had a high death toll, though it was just rebel pilots vaporizing or stormtroopers doing the Wilhelm scream.
Meanwhile, on cable, language restrictions are completely out the window, and some people even have s-e-x. As someone who jumped on the Game of Thrones very late in the show’s run, I started to wonder if part of the appeal was that people got naked. Very naked.
From Saturday Night Live:
Emilia Clarke: Remember when we had sex in Season 6?
Kit Harington: Yes, I do.
Clarke: Did you know they filmed that?
Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday is wondering when moviemakers will catch up.
To be sure, there’s precious little to mourn in the death of the kind of ogling soft-core wish-fulfillment fantasies that male directors foisted on viewers for nearly a century. But is abstinence really our only option? With young filmmakers being co-opted by the Disney-Marvel complex, and with millennials and Generation Z reportedly having less sex than their predecessors, the new chastity on screen feels like a prudent but not entirely welcome new normal.
And it’s better than having kids learn about sex from porn.
(Yes, this clip is very explicit.)