The problem is not really with the trope, but with the Tropers. We are a bizarre mix of astonishingly perverted and more puritanical than Jack Chick and Andy Schlafly combined, and we imagine that writers are even more perverted while network censors take puritanicity to even greater heights. As a result, we scrutinise everything we watch for anything that, if you squint, and ignore the context, plus add some fanon, and are stoned, might possibly be interpretable as vaguely alluding to sex, and then trumpet the fact that the censors managed to sneak in a blatant and filthy discussion of anal fisting into My Little Pony
, yet also insisting that any genuine discussion of such matters must
have been subversively inserted by the degenerates who actually write it, while refusing to believe that the censors might possibly have seen the episode, noticed the reference, and figured that it was inoffensive and there was no need to delete it. And you can quote me on that.
Radical suggestion: Restrict examples to cases where the writer actually states that they snuck something in. (Note: "I'm surprised they let us away with that" does not count, as that's a case of the censor being unexpectedly lenient, not of failing to notice something altogether.)
Suggestion 2: Make it a list of methods
that a writer might use to sneak in racy material, such as Foreign Curse Word
and Censor Decoy
Also, regardless of what happens, let's make a rule that anything with an age rating of 15 or higher (or equivalent) is automatically disqualified, as any work with such a rating can more or less talk about anything frankly and openly.
Also also, I don't think that cases where an actor simply has a very sensual method of delivery should count, as seeing sexuality in their performance is the inevitable result of hiring the actor rather than anything the writer might have tried to sneak in.
edited 19th May '11 11:45:59 AM by VampireBuddha