Threesomes

My jaw dropped on the hardwood floor last night and I had trouble picking it back up. ‘Can they actually show this on prime time television?’ I asked my twentysomething cousin, as my waxed eyebrows furrowed and my bronzed forehead scrunched. It wasn’t necessarily what was shown, I realized, it was what was discussed and more so what was implied, as the camera did a close up on three characters in CW’s ‘Gossip Girl’, lying in a bed together, dressed only in sheets. Two girls, one guy.
Prior to this shot we see the once-squeeky clean Hilary Duff in the role of Olivia, lean in to stick her tongue down her boyfriend in the show – Dan’s (Penn Badgley)- throat, followed by her enthusiastically leaning in to kiss Vanessa (Jessica Szohr), her roommate on the show. The camera did the extreme close up we’ve learned to love to hate from Soap Operas, and as the two women swapped spit, we see Dan watching on with a little boy at a candy store look in his eyes, before he leaned in to kiss Vanessa to join in on the trifecta of fun.
Today I was able to finally watch the ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ episode I PVRed on Sunday. I’m ashamed that I missed it. I love this show so much, if I could marry it (or it’s creator), I would. On this weeks episode, Larry David, the shows’ main character, finds out from his ex-wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines), that she was invited by another couple to be involved in a menage-a-trois. The over-the-top show has Larry trying to talk Cheryl out of following through with the threesome, as he claims if she’s going to do it, it should be with him and someone else. Just to be sure the threesome doesn’t work out, Larry storms into the office of the man who asked Cheryl to be in a threesome, and expresses his distaste.
Later in the episode he finds out the woman from the other couple, Virginia, (played by Elizabeth Shue) is wearing a neck brace, and he says matter-of-factly “We all know there are only two ways to hurt your neck, one is a car accident, the other in cunnilingus.”
On my way to Starbucks to write today’s blog, Britney Spears newest single 3, was on the radio. She sings:
1, 2, 3,
Not only you and me,
Got one eighty degrees
And I’m caught in between
Merrier the more,
Triple fun that way
Twister on the floor
What do you say?
Three is a charm
Two is not the same
I don’t see the harm
So are you game?
This song is currently number 8 on the Billboard’s top 100 songs of the week, and has been on the chart four weeks. It has already hit number 1.
And lest we forget, the threesome scandal that surrounded McSteamy and his wife, actress Rebecca Gayhart back in August. A ‘sex’ video was released, which features resident Doctor McSteamy, actor Eric Dane, from Grey’s Anatomy, his wife and previous Miss Teen USA winner, Kari Ann Peniche all undressed, discussing their options for porn names, as they pass the camera around, before ending up in a jacuzzi.
It is quite obvious that the trio was under the influence. For (ironically) three days in a row, this video hit the ‘top 5’ search list on google, when it first hit the net on August 17th.
Have threesomes made a come back? What is the sudden appeal of the threesome? What was once uber risque to discuss, has now made a household name for itself. We are surrounded with images and songs proclaiming the excitement that surrounds an extra person in the bedroom. As Britney implies in her song ‘3’, threesomes are treated as an upgrade; something fun, that shouldn’t be judged. ‘Gossip Girl’ states it is one of the top fifteen things every college student must do before they graduate. What does that mean for us twosomes out there? Do you think the media is pushing the cards, or do you think that they are opening up something we explore behind closed doors, yet find somewhat taboo to openly discuss?
I felt somewhat bad for McSteamy and his wife, when news broke out this summer. The scandal came with a sense of shame, as if they have done something wrong, which is looked down upon. We are so often judging the actions of others, negatively labelling them as a certain type of person if they engage in these less talked about sexual situations. Perhaps the media will take away the sense of embarassment that people feel when words of their sexcapades come out.
Do you think the media has gone too far?
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