Things I’ve Learned From the Movies: Rom Com Edition – Sex = Love

Now it should come as no shock to people that here in America, we pride ourselves on our basic freedoms. Freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion and a couple other ones. We’re constantly being bombarded with reminders that we are, indeed, free.

Then why do we seem to be governed by the unspoken Puritanical approach to sex?

I’d like to lie to you and say that sex is something two people only do together when they’re in love but, well, if you’re old enough to be searching the internet then I would like to think you’re old enough to know the truth. Sex is primal. Sex is instinctual. Yes, it is also an expression of love, but sex and love don’t quite have the straightforward connection that Hollywood would have you believe. I’m not saying this to upset anyone but the unavoidable truth remains that sex and love don’t always go hand in hand.

Still, in Hollywood, we can’t peddle such an irresponsible lifestyle. Sure, we could ask parents to actually talk about these issues with their children, but what’s the fun in that? Besides, that sounds like a lot of work. Why don’t we rely on movies to raise our children? To instill in them values and a strong belief system? Everybody knows the moral core of America is in the movies… and so we pretend that sex is something two people only do when they’re in love. We imagine that the act guarantees a happy ending, in both senses of the phrase.

Lord knows the truth about sex is just a little too messy.


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