I must admit I’m quite a big “Star Wars” fan. I’ve been watching the saga since I remember, even though I don’t think the movies that came after the original trilogy ever reached its level. One thing I’ve noticed is that the number of violent scenes in the series increases, while the number of sex scenes remains at zero.
Why is it so, that violence on screen is more acceptable than sex and nudity? Maybe in the particular case of “Star Wars” the answer isn’t that difficult to find. It is after all mainly aimed at young adult audience even if all generations watch it. I can understand why it’s no “50 Shades of Grey” and why Princess Leia doesn’t get spanked too often. Nevertheless, would a tasteful love making scene be such a horrible thing too see for a teenager? “Star Wars” does reach a point when children just appear out of nowhere. In case of two main couples – Han and Leia and Anakin and Amidala – they fall in love, get married and children pop out of nowhere. The hottest it gets between the couples is a peck or a kiss on the forehead.
The reason why I find it worrying is that young adults will find their ways to see sex anyway. My mom used to make me cover my eyes when we were watching even the softest love scenes, where sex was only implied. Eventually, my curiosity led me to watch a porn movie a friend organized and I ended up disgusted with sex for a period of time. Unfortunately, the only thing I knew about sex apart from what I read in teenage magazines (all technical and abstract) and heard from friends who knew as little as me was what I saw in the porn movie.
I don’t think that one protects teenagers by limiting the story of sex to “and then they got married and had children”. It just increases their curiosity and the mainstream cinema for people their age won’t satisfy this curiosity. The adult cinema, on the other hand, will present them with oversexualised visions and I don’t only mean porn here.
As much as the society seems to be prudish about sexy scenes, it doesn’t really mind it when a teenager sees people being sliced by light sabers. In other words there’s plenty of dismemberment but no members on screen. Why is it fine to see ugly but not beautiful? Maybe because in our seemingly modern world sex is still considered evil to an extent. Additionally young adult sexuality and curiosity about the topic is still a taboo. We should remember that no matter how much we try to pretend that something doesn’t exist, it won’t disappear.
To sum up, the society should work on itself so that “Star Wars” can sex up. Or something like that.
So, Dear Rinsers, what do you think about the topic? Do you think sex on the screen that young adults can see is evil? Or are there ways to make it tasteful and educative?