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Playing With: Lie Back and Think of England

Basic Trope: Sex is a necessary evil for the purposes of baby-making, or perhaps ensuring your spouse's fidelity by fulfilling their needs, not something to be enjoyed.
  • Straight: Alice has sex with her husband, Bob, but really only for purposes of giving him the son he's always wanted.
  • Exaggerated: Alice has never had consensual sex with her husband, Bob, let alone enjoyed it.
  • Downplayed: Alice isn't in the mood right now, but the tests say she's fertile and they've been trying for a baby, so they do it anyway.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is a lesbian or asexual, who either is unaware of her sexual orientation, or doesn't want to admit it because of the scandal it would cause.
    • Alice and Bob live in a society where Sex Is Evil, even for married couples.
    • Alice and Bob are in an unhappy (or even outright abusive) marriage.
    • Alice would rather just go to bed, but worries that Bob would cheat on her or divorce her if she didn't fulfill his "needs."
    • They could have sex that was pleasurable for Alice, if Bob would focus on her needs and slow down/give her more foreplay/use more lube/etc...and if Alice would communicate that information to Bob.
    • Alice experiences pain during sex, due to hormonal changes, trauma, hang-ups about her sexuality or her relationship with Bob, health problems, structural issues, medications, or any combination thereof.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice enjoys sex as much as Bob does, and sees it as something to be enjoyed for its own sake, rather than as a means to an end.
    • Alice's libido exceeds Bob's stamina.
  • Gender Inverted: Bob endures rather than enjoys sex with Alice.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is having sex with Bob, and seems to be enjoying it.
    • Alice and Bob's religion does say that they are allowed to enjoy the pleasurable aspects of sex within their marriage.
    • Alice and Bob are trying to make a baby, but they seem to enjoy doing so.
    • Bob is thinking about something not related to sex, so as to keep himself from finishing before Alice is satisfied.
  • Double Subverted:
    • She faked the orgasm so Bob would be satisfied.
    • But it also says they are not to use any sort of birth control (save for the rhythm-method or fertility awareness), because the act is first-and-foremost meant to bring new life into the world.
    • Until the Law of Inverse Fertility kicks in and leads to frustration.
    • It works...too well. Bob ends up being both physically and psychologically unable to continue.
  • Parodied: Alice literally thinks of England: Big Ben, the British flag, Benedict Cumberbatch...
  • Zig Zagged: Alice starts off thinking she'll like it, but the experience ends up not being as impressive as she'd hoped. When Bob wants a second round she begrudgingly agrees, only for it to be more fun this time, up until something awkward or unpleasant happens.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: Values Dissonance.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked:
    • Alice isn't in the mood one night, but Bob is feeling really horny.
    • Alice and Bob are trying to have a baby, but they are becoming frustrated.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice says no, and Bob is OK with that. He reassures her he still loves her and they just go to bed.
    • They decide to use the time to explore new positions or techniques, role-play, etc., rather than focus on their ultimate goal of reproducing.
    • Alice and Bob work on their communication skills, and Bob learns to make sure Alice's sexual needs are met. The sex and the relationship improves.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Bob's marriage is crappy, to the point of being outright abusive. Bonus points if the Marital Rape License is "invoked" by Bob.

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