Channel 4′s Sex Box: What could be more erotic? Anything

Mariella Frostrup (front)nL-R Phillip Hodson, Tracey Cox, Dan Savage

 

Q. What’s more erotic than having sex in a box, then telling a group of experts, an agony aunt and a studio audience about it?

A. Anything. But as Presenter Mariella Frostrup was keen to emphasise, the show isn’t about titillating the audience, it’s about educating them.

I’m not sure I’d have sex in a box for someone else’s educational benefit but then that’s selfish old me, product of a good old traditional prudish British upbringing; I’d rather hide in a box than discuss my sex life with the nation (so would the nation).

The show claims that it ‘reclaims sex from pornography’, a bold statement and one which it at least partially fulfils as it forces the audience to hear about real-life couples having sex – as opposed to watching the slick industrial shagging machines determinedly grinding away on our laptop screens, in the pornos currently informing much of our sex education.

The format of the show is positioned as the antidote to pornography, a clear factual sex lens held up next to pornography’s heaving, groaning tantric kaleidoscope. ‘There’s never been a greater need to open up about sex,’ Frostrup points out, which is true.

Porn is easier to get hold of than ever before – beamed straight into our homes without the need for the awkward fumble at the newsagent’s counter or the shoebox under the bed of twenty years ago. The danger in this is that it distorts perspective and expectations.

As one panellist points out, porn is to real life as a blockbuster movie is to real life. It’s unreasonable to base sexual expectations on what we see in pornos where everything is heightened, exaggerated, bigger, faster, and usually stripped of all affection.

This is bad enough for adults who are used to ‘real life’ sex, but how much worse for young people for whom porn often represents the majority of their sex education? Frostrup is right, there is a need for a ‘realistic’ discussion about and portrayal of sex, and having sex in a soundproof box then talking about it is probably the closest they’re going to get to it in a way that captures the interest of a reality TV obsessed nation.

Metro UK

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One Comment on “Channel 4′s Sex Box: What could be more erotic? Anything”

  1. dirk_genlty
    October 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Not seen the programme but applaud the intent regarding the ‘campaign for real sex’ that it represents. The premise as far as I understand is that there is too much poorly made porn clogging up the developed worlds collective cognisance and not enough real sex. bingo.

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