Playing With / Sex Is Evil

Basic Trope: For whatever reason(s) (Moral Guardians, religious morals, the age of the characters, etc.) sex is considered an act that crosses the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob have sex. Alice gets pregnant, and both come down with terrible, incurable STDs.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob have sex, and they both come down with an unpleasant, incurable case of herpes.
  • Justified:
    • Alice and Bob are teenagers, and Can't Get Away with Nuthin' for the sake of a Very Special Episode.
    • Sex, especially of the premarital and/or non-reproductive variety, is against Alice and Bob's religious beliefs or social mores.
    • Alice and Bob live in a society before germ theory and modern medicine: people don't understand the exact cause of ST Ds, but they know that it has something to do with sex, and therefore figure that sex (or certain kinds of sex) angers the Powers That Be.
    • Alice and Bob live in an era where ST Is are next to impossible to treat: bacterial infections (such as chlamydia and syphilis) have become resistant to all known antibiotics, and viral infections (HPV, HIV, herpes) have likewise evolved resistance to all known antiviral drugs. It's just too risky to be promiscuous, even with condoms.
    • Alice and Bob live in an era where reliable birth control either does not exist or is difficult to obtain, and where lineage and inheritance are Serious Business: sex carries too much risk of unplanned or unwanted pregnancy to be treated flippantly.
  • Inverted: Sex Is Good
  • Subverted:
    • Alice and Bob have sex after discussing how nervous they are about something bad happening to them for it. Nothing bad happens.
    • This only applies to non-marital and/or non-reproductive sex in this setting.
    • Sex isn't evil so much as it is powerful. It's too great a source of pleasure and creativity to classify as evil, but too dangerous and unpredictable to classify as good either. (See also Order Versus Chaos)
    • This only applies to situations of rape or Questionable Consent, especially if a minor is involved. Sexual acts, flirtation, etc. between consenting adults are fine.
  • Double Subverted:
    • At least not right away. The pregnancy and STDs may show up later, emotional hang-ups and the accompanying drama ensue later, and people scorn Alice for her part when they find out.
    • It turns out Alice and Bob were not married to each other (whether or not they were to other people), and not doing it for the purpose of having a baby. Thus they experience consequences, while a married couple actively trying to conceive do not.
    • Victim Blaming is rampant, and people are more likely to say that someone who was raped "got what s/he deserved."
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob spontaneously combust for even so much as thinking naughty thoughts, and explode if they dare to act on them.
  • Zig Zagged: Some couples have problems and drama related to sex, others have sex with no problems or drama.
  • Averted:
    • No one has troubles related to their sex lives.
    • Sex Is Good
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "If you have sex, you WILL get chlamydia. And die."
  • Invoked:
    • A minister or Sunday School teacher brings it up in his/her sermon.
    • An abstinence-only sex-ed class
  • Exploited: Bob is an idealistic hero, but not above sexual urges. Claire is a Card-Carrying Villain and seduces him with her feminine wiles because having premarital sex will bring him over to The Dark Side.
  • Defied: Alice and Bob join a religion (yes, there are a few) that believes that Sex Is Good, or at least not evil.
  • Discussed: "What's so bad about sex anyway?"
  • Conversed: "While it's true that there exists the possibility of things going wrong, if you have sex responsibly (use condoms, get tested regularly, and limit the number of partners you have), they're less likely to. It's just people are afraid of things going wrong, and that fear for their safety and their partner's safety translates as a fear of sex and sexuality.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: Alice and Bob become more informed about sex and how to protect themselves. They strengthen and stabilize their relationship. (And of course they strive to be good people.) Because they don't fear harm coming to themselves or their partner, sex is not seen as an evil act. It's good and beautiful. Or, at worst, as neutral as eating a PB&J sandwich.
  • Played For Laughs: Laser-Guided Karma for sleeping with Anything That Moves.
  • Played For Drama: Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny.

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