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28th Mar '17 8:04:28 PM Pastykake
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In the same way that CPR is presented as [[CleanPrettyReliable clean, pretty, and reliable]], sex in fiction has a tendency to gloss over the more awkward aspects. Sure, maybe it's explored if it's TheirFirstTime to highlight the characters' inexperience, but most of the time sex is very different to how it is in real life. Issues like impotence, pregnancy, STD's ([[STDImmunity or not]]) can come up, but generally only when it's a plot point, deployed for drama. Realism is simply a lower priority than RuleOfSexy, RuleOfFunny, {{Fetish}}, avoiding FetishRetardant, avoiding FanDisservice, and so on.

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In the same way that CPR is presented as [[CleanPrettyReliable clean, pretty, and reliable]], sex in fiction has a tendency to gloss over the more awkward aspects. Sure, maybe it's explored if it's TheirFirstTime to highlight the characters' inexperience, but most of the time sex is very different to how it is in real life. Issues like impotence, pregnancy, STD's [=STDs=] ([[STDImmunity or not]]) can come up, but generally only when it's a plot point, deployed for drama. Realism is simply a lower priority than RuleOfSexy, RuleOfFunny, {{Fetish}}, avoiding FetishRetardant, avoiding FanDisservice, and so on.



# A lot of this is due to TheLawOfConservationOfDetail (why waste time showing characters putting on condoms when we want to get to the good stuff?). If it's not important and progressing the plot, mentioning it would only distract the audience.

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# A lot of this is due to TheLawOfConservationOfDetail (why TheLawOfConservationOfDetail. (Why waste time showing characters putting on condoms when we want to get to the good stuff?). stuff?) If it's not important and progressing the plot, mentioning it would only distract the audience.



# GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex, not just clean sex but skilled passionate sex. Realistic sex would make the characters look clumsy and unheroic.
# Giving too much detail about sex would upset the MoralGuardians. Even if those details are the kind of thing that might show that sex isn't always perfect and wonderful.

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# GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex, not just clean sex but skilled skilled, passionate sex. Realistic sex would make the characters look clumsy and unheroic.
# Giving too much detail about sex would upset the MoralGuardians. Even MoralGuardians, even if those details are the kind of thing that might show that sex isn't always perfect and wonderful.



Also, note that this trope [[TropesAreNotBad is not necessarily bad]]. Sometimes the audience might genuinely enjoy idealized torrid steamy sex. Hell, there's a multi-billion-dollar industry built around it: pornography.

For sexual variations such as sadomasochism, all of the above applies. But since these sexualities are less known, there can ''also'' be heavy doses of bad research, CreatorsApathy, and sometimes also AcceptableTargets.

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Also, note that this trope [[TropesAreNotBad is not necessarily bad]]. Sometimes the audience might genuinely enjoy idealized torrid idealized, torrid, steamy sex. Hell, there's a multi-billion-dollar industry built around it: pornography.

For sexual variations such as sadomasochism, all of the above applies. But But, since these sexualities are less known, there can ''also'' be heavy doses of bad research, CreatorsApathy, and sometimes also AcceptableTargets.



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6th Mar '17 3:02:15 PM Wyldchyld
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In the same way that CPR is presented as [[CleanPrettyReliable clean, pretty, and reliable]], sex in fiction has a tendency to gloss over the more awkward aspects. Sure, maybe it's explored if it's TheirFirstTime to highlight the characters' inexperience, but most of the time sex is very different to how it is in real life. Issues like impotence, pregnancy, STD's ([[STDImmunity or not]]) can come up, but generally only when it's a plot point, deployed for drama. Realism is simply a lower priority than RuleOfSexy, RuleOfFunny, FetishFuel, avoiding FetishRetardant, avoiding FanDisservice, and so on.

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In the same way that CPR is presented as [[CleanPrettyReliable clean, pretty, and reliable]], sex in fiction has a tendency to gloss over the more awkward aspects. Sure, maybe it's explored if it's TheirFirstTime to highlight the characters' inexperience, but most of the time sex is very different to how it is in real life. Issues like impotence, pregnancy, STD's ([[STDImmunity or not]]) can come up, but generally only when it's a plot point, deployed for drama. Realism is simply a lower priority than RuleOfSexy, RuleOfFunny, FetishFuel, {{Fetish}}, avoiding FetishRetardant, avoiding FanDisservice, and so on.
4th Mar '17 8:03:54 PM JusticeReaper
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* Idealized sex is largely averted in the eleventh Gaiden chapter for the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' HighSchoolAU story ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', with minor characters Guren and Sagi. Yes, Guren is quite attractive for a thirty-something, Sagi has [[BiggerIsBetterInBed enough girth to impress her]], and the sex itself goes off without a hitch, BUT they do use a condom for the act. Additionally, while neither of them is a virgin (Guren is a divorcee who lost her virginity to her then-husband on their wedding night, and Sagi had his first time during his final year of high school), Sagi is still somewhat nervous even during the sex act, and they have to spend a little time finding a good mutual rhythm.
3rd Mar '17 10:28:46 PM skadooshbag
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19th Jan '17 1:11:29 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The "gymnastic sex scene" in ''Film/TheBronze''. Even if you ''and'' your partner are Olympic-level gymnasts (as the two participants in the film are) the scene combines a two-person routine with lovemaking, set to music. Or rather, a well-choreographed routine with the ''illusion'' of sex added to it. (Not something you'd truly want to try, even if you ''are'' trained.)

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* The "gymnastic sex scene" in ''Film/TheBronze''. Even if you ''and'' your partner are Olympic-level gymnasts (as the two participants in the film are) you could get exhausted just by ''watching'' the scene scene, which combines a two-person gymnastic routine with lovemaking, set to music. Or rather, a well-choreographed routine with the ''illusion'' of sex added to it. (Not something you'd truly want to try, even if you ''are'' trained.)
18th Jan '17 5:48:53 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Also played for laughs in ''Film/{{Crank}}'', where the protagonists heart has been stolen, and he needs to constantly maintain an adrenaline rush to keep the artificial replacement going and stay alive. Usually done by fighting bad guys, but it leads to quite a few DeusSexMachina scenes, the one that ''really'' takes the cake being where he's stuck in Chinatown with no such action to be found. He somehow convinces his girlfriend to do the deed right there. As in, in public, on a crowded street. (Possibly, the ''most'' unrealistic part is how willing she seems to do it.)
18th Jan '17 5:33:56 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* The "gymnastic sex scene" in ''Film/TheBronze''. Even if you ''and'' your partner are Olympic-level gymnasts (as the two participants in the film are) the scene combines a two-person routine with lovemaking, set to music. Or rather, a well-choreographed routine with the ''illusion'' of sex added to it. (Not something you'd truly want to try, even if you ''are'' trained.)
25th Nov '16 8:53:29 PM X2X
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* The ''Website/CollegeHumor'' video "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1820859 Realistic Hollywood Sex Scene]]" parodies this trope. It's awkward, gross, creepy, and pathetic... and it ''still'' manages to seem just a teensy bit sweet and romantic.

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* The ''Website/CollegeHumor'' video "[[http://www.[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1820859 Realistic com/video/3474480/realistic-hollywood-sex-scene "Realistic Hollywood Sex Scene]]" Scene"]] parodies this trope. It's awkward, gross, creepy, and pathetic... and it ''still'' manages to seem just a teensy bit sweet and romantic.
15th Oct '16 2:14:48 PM Berrenta
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For sexual variations such as sadomasochism, all of the above applies. But since these sexualities are less known, there can ''also'' be heavy doses of bad research, TheyJustDidntCare, and sometimes also AcceptableTargets.

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For sexual variations such as sadomasochism, all of the above applies. But since these sexualities are less known, there can ''also'' be heavy doses of bad research, TheyJustDidntCare, CreatorsApathy, and sometimes also AcceptableTargets.
28th Sep '16 11:45:13 PM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Subverted. Due to her past traumas and psychological issues, Shinji and Asuka couldn’t have a healthy sex life until they were in their middle twenties (ten years after their first meeting). When they first tried to have sex, it was a disaster because Asuka wanted to get it over with, but Shinji couldn’t go on because he was hurting her.
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