It’s a wonder the British TV show Sex Box hadn’t been invented earlier. If there’s anything people love more than talking about sex it’s listening to other people spill the beans. Now Americans can get in on the fun, as the network WEtv has ordered a pilot episode of Sex Box for a U.S. premiere.
There’s something plainly compelling about watching two people enter a soundproof box and emerge, some minutes later, after just having had sex, and listening to them talk about it to a panel of sex experts. In the original version of the show, Sex Box takes place on a non-descript stage with only the namesake box, lit with colors according to the magic happening inside, as decoration. For a show all about sex, the whole thing is pretty vanilla.
But that doesn’t mean it’s boring. We Americans have a peculiar relationship with sex: We resent how sexualized our culture has become — youth culture, especially — yet we’re also ruthless about protecting the sex we have. Parents tell their kids that what they’re going through is “normal” while at the same time trying to keep them “innocent” — as if discussing sex openly is somehow an admission of guilt.
Ultimately, we try to patch together these frayed narratives with safety. As long as both people are protecting themselves from sexually transmitted diseases and the sex is consensual, it’s probably OK. Anything more, such as discussing the intimate moments seconds after they transpire, to a roomful of strangers, is just gravy.