Created By: callsignecho on March 19, 2010
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Lie Back And Think Of England

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For women, sex is a chore, a duty that must be endured. God knows they don't enjoy the sex act. Headaches, stomache aches and periods can only postpone the unpleasant act. Then it's time to grit your teeth, hike your skirt, Lie Back and Think of England.

It should be noted that this absurd phrase is highly discredited, and is usually used to deconstruct the idea that women lack sex drives. All the following examples are parodies. If it has ever been said in seriousness, this trope description will have to change. The sentiment it expresses, however, can be found in full on All Women Are Prudes.


Examples

Film
  • In Like Water For Chocolate this view is held by both men & women. They have sex only to procreate, they use a special bedsheet between them with just a small hole you-know-where; and before the act they both pray to God, asking forgiveness for any pleasure they might accidentally have while trying to make a baby.
  • The Assignment.
Jack Shaw: Don't think of it as cheating on your wife. Think of it as... fuckin' for your flag.
Amos: When in doubt, close your eyes and think of England.
  • The Guns of Navarone. Sergeant Miller is trying to force Captain Mallory to kill a traitor.
Miller: Climb down off that cross of yours, close your eyes, think of England, and pull the trigger!

Literature
  • In one scene in Hunting Ground, from the Mercy Thompson universe, Anna is taking the lead during sex and being particularly active and assertive. Her husband teases her by saying, "Well, I'll just lie back and think of England, then." Her response is that if he's thinking of England, she's not doing it right, and steps up the action.

Live-Action TV
Besides, he's only with us for 12 months. Lie back and enjoy it. Think of England.
Richard Woolsey: He put his hand in my forehead. How can you resist that?
Major General Jack O'Neill: Well, I like to close my eyes and think of England.
  • Torchwood had "Lie back and think of Torchwood" in the episode "Countrycide".


Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • March 16, 2010
    Keybreak
    When women are told to give in to their husbands for the sake of their country. I remember something of the sort from the book 1984.
  • March 16, 2010
    SylviaSybil
    It's not just "give in", though, it's also "do nothing, hold still, take no enjoyment from it and it will soon be over." The mentality that sex is a chore or a duty that women need to endure, and for a woman to take pleasure in the act is shameful.

    Literature: In one scene in Hunting Ground, from the Mercy Thompson universe, Anna is taking the lead during sex and being particularly active and assertive. Her husband teases her by saying, "Well, I'll just lie back and think of England, then." Her response is that if he's thinking of England, she's not doing it right, and steps up the action.
  • March 16, 2010
    Chabal2
    There was a (fake) advice column from the 1800's on how a woman should behave in bed with her husband, which can be summed up by "tell him you just went to the bathroom, this should help to calm his ardors".
  • March 16, 2010
    randomsurfer
    In Like Water For Chocolate this view is held by both men & women. They have sex only to procreate, they use a special bedsheet between them with just a small hole you-know-where; and before the act they both pray to God, asking forgiveness for any pleasure they might accidentally have while trying to make a baby.
  • March 16, 2010
    Camacan
    This seems a bit narrow for a whole trope -- maybe just add a line to All Women Are Prudes?
  • March 16, 2010
    callsignecho
    @Camacan: it's narrow 'cause it's a Stock Phrase.
  • March 16, 2010
    SylviaSybil
    So I assume examples should contain this phrase or a close variant of it. Otherwise, examples should go in All Women Are Prudes or My Girl Is Not A Slut.
  • March 17, 2010
    Arivne
    From IMDb. All of these except the first are parodies of the phrase used in non-sexual situations.

    Film
    • The Assignment.
    Jack Shaw: Don't think of it as cheating on your wife. Think of it as... fuckin' for your flag.
    Amos: When in doubt, close your eyes and think of England.
    • The Guns of Navarone. Sergeant Miller is trying to force Captain Mallory to kill a traitor.
    Miller: Climb down off that cross of yours, close your eyes, think of England, and pull the trigger!

    Live Action TV
    Besides, he's only with us for 12 months. Lie back and enjoy it. Think of England.
    Richard Woolsey: He put his hand in my forehead. How can you resist that?
    Major General Jack O'Neill: Well, I like to close my eyes and think of England.
  • March 17, 2010
    Duncan
    On a recent episode of The Simpsons, Bart is about to have his temperature taken rectally- Lisa tells him "Lie back and think of Milhouse".
  • March 17, 2010
    Prfnoff
    I see this (the phrase) as a good example of a Dead Unicorn Trope.
  • March 18, 2010
    TJ
    I bet you could find a really good page quote in the aforementioned fake advice column, Instruction and Advice for the Young Bride. Another YKTTW is using an excerpt from it, but there's plenty of material for everyone.
  • March 18, 2010
    DaibhidC
    Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase And Fable attributes the phrase to the journals of an Edwardian woman named Lady Alice Hillington ("I just close my eyes, open my legs, and think of England"), but isn't terribly sure about it (apparently no-one's actually seen these journals).
  • March 19, 2010
    SylviaSybil
    Literature comes before Live Action TV alphabetically. I think of it as T before V, as in television. *shrug*
  • March 19, 2010
    Duncan
    Torchwood had "Lie back and think of Torchwood" in the episode "Countrycide".
  • March 19, 2010
    moocow1452
    In Kings, this is employed in order to get Jack to have an heir to the throne.
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