Let’s Talk About Sex

Don’t worry; this isn’t a post that will be NSFW by any means. It’s more of an observation about the ways in which we talk about sex – or don’t. The phrasing we use, if you will.

For the most part, I don’t talk about sex. It’s a private act between two individuals in love, or two total strangers. Either way, what goes on in my bedroom is no one’s business but mine and my girlfriend’s. By the same token, I don’t want to know what goes on in anyone else’s bedroom. That’s your private time, to be kept to yourself. To be honest I’ve even felt awkward about commenting on a photo of a male friend’s new bedroom even though I only commented because I was with him the day he bought his new bedding set.

I was scanning various articles on the Huffington Post’s website earlier and this headline caught my eye: TV’s Newest Hated Character. Curious, I clicked on the link. It’s about a television show I do not watch: ‘Homeland’, but based on the little I know about the show I didn’t think it would have any characters that people would come to hate so quickly. Apparently the character is a minor one, but whose presence is apparently over-done. This is the sentence which caught my eye:

Episode 2 of “Homeland” saw Dana running back to the boy she met in therapy and sleeping with him in the laundry room.

Sleeping with him in the laundry room, eh? We all know that sleeping is rarely involved, especially when sex happens in a laundry room of all places. But why can’t we simply state that they had sex in the laundry room? There’s no need to be explicit by any means, but I think it’s perfectly acceptable to say she had sex with him in the laundry room and leave it at that. Sleeping with someone is such a lame euphemism and I think we should be at a point here in the 21st century where we can state something simply and matter-of-factly without being graphic or explicit.

Just my opinion.