Created By: SalFishFin on August 6, 2011 Last Edited By: SalFishFin on September 2, 2011
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Parental Sexuality Squick

Nobody wants to hear that their parents have sex.

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Related Tropes:Mom Brings Milk And Cookies Primal Scene

Primal Scene is specifically about walking in on people having sex. This trope is a reaction to the very idea that your parents have sex. Not the same trope.

Abe: Unsatisfying sex life?
Homer: N -- yes! But please, don't you say that word!
Abe: What, seeeex? What's so unappealing about hearing your elderly father talk about sex? I had seeex.
Homer: [groans]
--The Simpsons, "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy"

Do you have parents? Are your parents human? Do you have one or more siblings who are not your twin/triplet/etc?

If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions, then it's entirely likely that your parents have had sex.

Disgusting, innit?

In fiction, it's common enough to see a child react with curiosity to their parents in a Primal Scene. As they get older, however, the very thought that their parents might be getting it on is enough to send them searching for some Brain Bleach.


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Film-LiveAction
  • Mr. Woodcock: The protagonist sneaks into his mother's house and, when he realizes she's come home, quickly hides under the bed. Guess what she and her boyfriend promptly start doing?

Literature
  • In Sybil, the titular character is described as having spent her nights until she was about ten in a crib beside her parents' bed, never being given an opportunity to leave the room while they had sex. It's considered among the many, many abuses she endures that causes her disassociation.
  • In The SM Judge, the protagonists are a judge and his wife. One of his enemies try to destroy his career by publicly using their sex life against him. One tactic used by this enemy is to force their daughter to watch a video of them having BDSM sex. This make her break all contact with her parents. Not because of the scandal or the BDSM, but simply because they had a sex-life, period. "You are my parents, and parents don't have sex!"

Live-Action TV
  • That 70's Show had an episode in which Eric walks in on his parents during sex (unbeknownst to them) and spends the rest of the episode entirely unhinged. It's the only time he ever receives sympathy from his sister. At the end of the episode, Donna tells him of a time when the same thing happened to her.
  • In an episode of Corner Gas, Brent accidentally records his parents begin to act out a sex fantasy on the gas station's security camera. Afterwards he rips the camera out of the wall and denies that it was ever there.
  • On The Big Bang Theory, the gang has gotten a hold of one of the prop rings from the Lord of the Rings movies and are holding it together, with the last one standing getting the ring. Howard and Rajesh try to psych Sheldon out by invoking this about his beloved grandmother.
    Howard: Think about it. The only reason you exist is because your grandmother had sex.
    Raj: Yeah, Meemaw did the nasty!
  • In Freaks and Geeks, Sam and Lindsay are horrified when their parents get frisky mid-day... while all their friends are over.
  • Subverted in one episode of Boy Meets World. Shawn is trying to leave the house quickly and when he walks toward the window he panics because Corrie's parents are having fun in the backseat of the car. Instead of being Squicked Corrie thinks his parents are really Badass.

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  • Two characters in Zits had the stories of their conceptions told to them, with horrible reactions.
    • Jeremy was in his room playing "Stairway to Heaven" on his guitar (he always like the song for some reason), when his mother mentions that he probably likes the song so much because he was conceived to it. Within minutes, he's rinsing his ears out and boiling his guitar string.
    • hector's parents let slip that a batch of blueberry muffins burned during his conception. The very sight of a blueberry muffin results in severe nausea.

Music
  • Notably averted in The Lonely Island song "Mother Lover", where a pair of friends played by Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake go into detail about their plans to seduce the other's single mother as a Mother's Day gift.
    "We both love our moms, women with grown women needs"
    "I say we break em off, show em how much they really mean"

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Community Feedback Replies: 37
  • August 6, 2011
    CptSqweky
    I remember an episode of That 70s Show had this. An episode of The Simpsons as well.

    Also, this is very much Truth in Television. I don't know anyone, no matter how old they are, who likes to think about their parents having sex. It's just... wierd for some reason.
  • August 6, 2011
    jate88
    ^ The incest section gets 90 percent of the site traffic on literotica.
  • August 6, 2011
    Meeble
    Music
    • Notably averted in The Lonely Island song "Mother Lover", where a pair of friends played by Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake go into detail about their plans to seduce the other's single mother as a Mother's Day gift.
      "We both love our moms, women with grown women needs"
      "I say we break em off, show em how much they really mean"
  • August 6, 2011
    cityofmist
    In Whip It Bliss gets a drunk Pash to throw up by telling her to imagine her parents having sex.
  • August 6, 2011
    OmarKarindu
    • In Arrested Development, G.OB. resorts to giving himself a roofie to forget after he is inadvertently forced to watch his parents' coupling.
  • August 6, 2011
    madelinemary
    • In Freaks And Geeks, Sam and Lindsay are horrified when their parents get frisky mid-day... while all their friends are over.
  • August 6, 2011
    hotrods4ben
    In an XKCD strip, a doctor tells somebody that at one point his parents had sex. He's horrified at the thought. (I can't find a link right now)
  • August 6, 2011
    TonyG
    On The Big Bang Theory, the gang has gotten a hold of one of the prop rings from the Lord Of The Rings movies and are holding it together, with the last one standing getting the ring. Howard and Rajesh try to psych Sheldon out by invoking this about his beloved grandmother.
    Howard: Think about it. The only reason you exist is because your grandmother had sex.
    Raj: Yeah, Meemaw did the nasty!
  • August 6, 2011
    foxley
    Both Jeremy and Hector in Zits have "Pass the Brain Bleach" reactions to the stories of their conceptions.
  • August 6, 2011
    azul120
    Stewie walks in on Peter and Lois having sex in Family Guy.
  • August 9, 2011
    Fanra
    Also, this is very much Truth in Television. I don't know anyone, no matter how old they are, who likes to think about their parents having sex. It's just... wierd for some reason.

    Now you know someone who doesn't mind. The only thing weird is that Western cultures are squeamish about sex for some strange reason and, thus, the idea that your parents or, old people, or whatever, have sex is supposed to be weird.

    Other cultures don't have this problem and see nothing strange about people having sex.
  • August 11, 2011
    Heatherly
    On The Simpsons, Bart's first word is revealed to have been a shocked, jaw-dropped "Ay carumba!" after he walked in on Marge and Homer having sex.
  • August 11, 2011
    AmyJade
    In an episode of Corner Gas, Brent accidentally records his parents begin to act out a sex fantasy on the gas station's security camera. Afterwards he rips the camera out of the wall and denies that it was ever there.
  • August 11, 2011
    alecmyers
    In King Of The Hill, Hank literally goes blind after seeing his mother and her boyfriend in the act.
  • August 11, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In a commercial for Dannon Le Creme Yogurt a teen and her friend walk in on her parents acting out a French Maid fantasy.
    My parents are so weird.
  • August 12, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    To expand on the That 70's Show example:
    • That 70's Show had an episode in which Eric walks in on his parents during sex (unbeknownst to them) and spends the rest of the episode entirely unhinged. It's the only time he ever receives sympathy from his sister. At the end of the episode, Donna tells him of a time when the same thing happened to her.

    Literature
    • In Sybil, the titular character is described as having spent her nights until she was about ten in a crib beside her parents' bed, never being given an opportunity to leave the room while they had sex. It's considered among the many, many abuses she endures that causes her disassociation.

    Film
    • Mr. Woodcock: The protagonist sneaks into his mother's house and, when he realizes she's come home, quickly hides under the bed. Guess what she and her boyfriend promptly start doing?

    My understanding of the oddly prudish opinions regarding sex in western culture stems from religion. Christianity, the primary religion in western culture, has always had a very tenuous relationship with sex and nudity (It's considered the first evil or something to that nature, isn't it?). Where this stems from, well, you'll have to ask someone more knowledgeable on the subject.
  • August 12, 2011
    MorganWick
    This needs to be the page image.

    (Right, as though we don't have enough xkcd page images...)
  • August 12, 2011
    SalFishFin
    Christianity does not consider sex to be evil in and of itself. God himself told Adam and Eve to "be fruitful and multiply." However, Christians do believe that constant fixation on sex can lead to sin, and that there are some situations (i.e. every situation outside of marriage) in which engaging in sexual acts is sinful.
  • August 12, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ It's a pretty Genre Savvy webcomic though, so it has good reason to supply a lot of page images.

    Anyway, I think there's a Simpsons scene where Abe Simpson talks to Homer about sex and Homer finds it a bit uncomfortable, I forget the context though.
  • August 12, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    See? Someone more knowledgeable on the subject.

    Hmm, that last panel would do nicely.
  • August 12, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^
    Abe: What's wrong with your wife?
    Homer: Never mind, you wouldn't understand.
    Abe: Flu?
    Homer: No.
    Abe: Protein deficiency?
    Homer: No.
    Abe: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?
    Homer: No.
    Abe: Unsatisfying sex life?
    Homer: N -- yes! But please, don't you say that word!
    Abe: What, seeeex? What's so unappealing about hearing your elderly father talk about sex? I had seeex.
    Homer: [groans]
    --The Simpsons, "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy"
  • August 15, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    I'd say the "unsatisfying sex life" and "N -- yes! But please, don't you say that word!" lines should be part of the page quote.
  • August 16, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Nice to see that it was added. Anyway, I added 1 hat, though I think now we should discuss title ideas before launching this.
  • August 16, 2011
    GoldenDarkness
    So this isn't just Primal Scene?
  • August 16, 2011
    SalFishFin
    ^ It's already been explained how it's different from Primal Scene.

    ^^ I'm open to name suggestions, as well as anything that can be added to the description.
  • August 16, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
  • August 16, 2011
    AFP
  • August 17, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Also, I'm not sure the third question is necessary. Being adopted could leave open the possibility that your (adoptive) parents haven't had sex, but being an only child has nothing to do with it.
  • August 17, 2011
    SalFishFin
    That's why the "likely" part is in there. I'm not sure of the number of people who were conceived through IVF or other equivalent processes, but for, everyone else who has ever lived, their being here demands that someone had sex at least once.
  • August 19, 2011
    MoG2
    @Fanra: "The only thing weird is that Western cultures are squeamish about sex for some strange reason"

    Dumb. As if it was common in every other culture to screw on the street. Hey, given the fact that it's colder in Europe than in India, they'd at least have a valid reason.
  • August 22, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ That's not my point, though, my point is about the irrelevance of siblings.
  • August 22, 2011
    SalFishFin
    Technically speaking, all three questions are irrelevant, since it's already entirely likely that your parents have had sex, by virtue that you exist. That's the joke
  • August 22, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    Even if you were adopted, the chances that your parents haven't had sex is so absurdly minimal... I took it that the joke is that your parents have only had sex under these conditions, totally disregarding that even if you didn't exist it's pretty much a given that they've had sex anyway. Anyway, the sibling question is redundant even in the context of the joke.
  • August 22, 2011
    jatay3
    Subverted in one episode of Boy Meets World. Shawn is trying to leave the house quickly and when he walks toward the window he panics because Corrie's parents are having fun in the backseat of the car. Instead of being Squicked Corrie thinks his parents are really Badass.
  • August 23, 2011
    Xzenu
    Film
    • In The SM Judge, the protagonists are a judge and his wife. One of his enemies try to destroy his career by publicly using their sex life against him. One tactic used by this enemy is to force their daughter to watch a video of them having BDSM sex. This make her break all contact with her parents. Not because of the scandal or the BDSM, but simply because they had a sex-life, period. "You are my parents, and parents don't have sex!"
  • August 23, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^^^ Biological parents, you mean.

    ^^^ Likely, yes, but in a different way.
  • September 2, 2011
    somerandomdude
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