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Sex: Movies vs. real life

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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 5:13 pm

He gently kisses you while sweeping your hair behind your ear. His hand travels downward, past your ear, down your neck, lingering for just a second on your shoulder. You look into his eyes as he kisses you again, but it’s different this time, more passionate. The hand that has been patiently resting on your shoulder continues its journey down your spine, pulling you closer to him as he tugs at your shirt. Anticipating your answer, he gazes into your eyes; you nod to give him the okay as you eagerly fall for one another.

Does this scene sound familiar? No? How about every sex scene you’ve ever seen on the silver screen ? Cheesy, right? The couple intensely makes love to each other while some overrated love song plays in the background.

Watching movies like this makes it quite clear that directors are not aiming for realistic sex scenes. Instead, they want to capture a completely unrealistic moment so that girls can “ooh” and “ahh” over how beautiful the couple’s love is for each other.

Most movie-goers understand the numerous unrealistic qualities these movies have and here are just a few of them.

1. Real life sex does NOT happen while music is playing. In fact, nine times out of ten it’s to the sound of the Guy Code marathon you and your boyfriend were watching, or his roommates arguing in the other room over a game of Call of Duty. “One time my boyfriend and I had sex while an episode of Loiter Squad played in the background. It was awkward, to say the least,” an anonymous A-State student said.

2. The entrance. The “we’re so wrapped up in our make-out session that I can barely get the key into the door to unlock it” entrance. Yeah, right. Who does that? In real life, most people would stare disgustedly at a couple so enthralled in one another. Or worse, they would take pictures of a couple so enthralled in one another. Needless to say, that never happens because no one is that great at multitasking.

3. “Most times, sex does not end in a sleepover.” –A-State student. Of course it would be wonderful to fall asleep wrapped in each other’s arms, but in reality, leaving before your roommate gets home is the ultimate goal.

4. Movie sex seems way more romantic. It would be nice for a guy to pull out all the stops before trying to get into my pants, but that doesn’t happen too often,” an anonymous A-State student said. Sex in real life is a bit more spontaneous. There isn’t much planning that goes into it like in the movies. Most times it’s just one of those things that happens. It’s the moment the infamous “Netflix and chill” session becomes a little more. However, a proper date first would be nice though, right?

5. Movie sex omits all the awkward moments. With all of the positioning, adjusting, and completely skewed moments, it’s pretty clear why movies leave out all the awkward details, but it doesn’t mean the awkward details don’t happen.

6. Actors and actresses look unrealistically well-groomed during sex. How is it that their hair and makeup stay perfectly manicured while they’re doing the deed? You’ll notice that not one single hair ever moves out of place during the whole scene. This is entirely contradictory to the messy, sweaty and sometimes dirty reality of sex.

7. Movie sex tries a little too hard to imitate real life sex, when it obviously isn’t even close. A great example of this would be the Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake movie “Friends with Benefits.” With all the grunting, yelling, and a plethora of other rather unpleasant sounds, some of the scenes definitely hopped way over the line of realism. Movie scenes just seem to be a bit more forced than sex is in real life. Sex is great when it’s with the right person, and no movie will ever come close to that reality.

Believe it or not, even actors and actresses have felt that the sex scenes they portray push the limits of reality. Most actors don’t even find them remotely enjoyable.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, Justin Timberlake says that he finds these scenes “kind of annoying.”

In the same interview, actress Natalie Portman said, “I’m pretty immature, so I get pretty embarrassed still.”

Among the students interviewed, it is safe to say that many are in agreeance on the unrealistic qualities most movie sex scenes possess. In comparison to the sex lives of everyday people, and everyday students, the scenes of most blockbusters just get it completely wrong, almost as if the directors are out of touch with reality.

Nevertheless, the actors and actresses are just as anxious to hear “Cut” as the moviegoers are for the unlikely sex scenes to end.

So next time you find yourself wondering why your sex life doesn't look like a scene from “Sex In The City,” just remember that it may look better on screen, but nothing beats you and your significant other connecting in real life.

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