Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Main / SexIsCool

Go To



Sex is an innermost desire for most human beings. Enjoying it and wanting to have it are perfectly normal. But this is one thing that the media may have taken a little [[ExaggeratedTrope far]].

Characters who are portrayed as popular, well liked people are almost always hinted to be or described as sexually active, especially if one of them is the lead. Their sexual prowess is part of the reason they're "cool" in the eyes of the other characters and of the viewers, or at least that's the theory. If a whole bunch of people want to do them, then that must make them "cool", right?

Not only is it a good way to give the character a swanky "edge", but it makes them seem more likeable and "mature" to many viewers. It's important for {{Fanservice}}.

to:

Sex is an innermost desire for most (though [[{{Asexuality}} not all]]) human beings. Enjoying it and wanting to have it are perfectly normal. But this is one thing that the media may have taken a little [[ExaggeratedTrope taken a little far]].

Characters who are portrayed as popular, well liked people popular & well-liked are almost always hinted to be or described as sexually active, and vice-versa -- especially if one of them is the lead. Their sexual prowess is part of the reason they're "cool" in the eyes lead. Even their [[HollywoodDateless supposed "dry spells"]] would represent a perfect respectable dating record in real life.

A relative lack
of the other characters and of the viewers, ''interest'' in sex is often used to suggest immaturity, piousness, or at least that's the theory. If intellectualism, or a whole bunch of people want to do them, then that must make them "cool", right?

Not only is it a good way to give the
character [[ClosetGay in denial of their sexual orientation]]. Meanwhile, [[CasanovaWannabe desire without success]] is usually a swanky "edge", but it makes them seem more likeable and "mature" to many viewers. It's important for {{Fanservice}}.
signifier of unattractiveness or, again, immaturity.



These people are often self-absorbed arrogant bullies who rub their powers of sexual prowess in the faces of anyone who isn't as popular as they. They spend their entire lives going through [[LoveInterests lovers]] [[GirlOfTheWeek like pairs of socks]] because it makes them "cool".

Often this projects a false message to impressionable young people and leads them to believe that [[YouNeedToGetLaid having sex will make you happy and solve all your problems in life]] (because, of course, [[AllMenArePerverts the only thing you should ever consider a problem should be that you're not having sex]]), [[YouNeedToGetLaid or it will make you more "mature", or will gain you a lot of friends.]] Unfortunately, {{Real Life}} generally does not work that way, and people have a tendency to find out about that [[TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay the hard way]] ([[AccidentalInnuendo heh]]). Not to mention that the media often project this message alongside [[SexIsEvil its exact counter]], leading to more confusion.

to:

These people are often self-absorbed arrogant bullies who rub their powers of sexual prowess in the faces of anyone who isn't as popular as they. They spend their entire lives going through [[LoveInterests lovers]] [[GirlOfTheWeek like pairs of socks]] because it makes them "cool".

Often this projects a false message to impressionable young people and leads them to believe that [[YouNeedToGetLaid having sex will make you happy and solve all your problems in life]] (because, (and of course, that [[AllMenArePerverts the only thing you should ever consider a problem should be that you're not having sex]]), [[YouNeedToGetLaid sex is a problem in itself]]), or it will [[SexAsRiteOfPassage make you more "mature", mature]], or will gain you a lot of friends.]] friends. Unfortunately, {{Real Life}} generally does not work that way, and people have a tendency to find out about that [[TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay the hard way]] way ([[AccidentalInnuendo heh]]). Not to mention heh]]).

It doesn't help
that the media often project this message alongside [[SexIsEvil its exact counter]], leading to more confusion.
confusion, and a particularly cruel {{double standard}} for young women who run the risk of being labelled as [[MyGirlIsNotASlut "slutty"]] if they ''do'' have sex.


A sure-fire way for a singer or an actor to market themselves is to "sex themselves up" with makeup, lip fillers, breast implants, styled hair, plastic surgery to make their faces seem more "attractive", a fit body, and scant clothing. Whether this [[InformedAttractiveness works]] is dubious, but common wisdom insists it does.

to:

A sure-fire way for a singer or an actor to market themselves is to "sex themselves up" with makeup, lip fillers, breast implants, styled hair, a fit body (or plastic surgery to make their faces and bodies seem more "attractive", a fit body, "attractive"), and scant clothing. Whether this [[InformedAttractiveness works]] is dubious, but common wisdom insists it does.


TheCasanova as sympathetic protagonist depends on this trope. So does the FemmeFatale.

to:

TheCasanova as a sympathetic protagonist depends on this trope. So does the FemmeFatale.


[[quoteright:350:[[SexSells https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/funny_sex_sticker-p217354448978205613qjcl_400.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Sex really does sell.]]

to:

[[quoteright:350:[[SexSells https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/funny_sex_sticker-p217354448978205613qjcl_400.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Sex really does sell.]]
%% Image removed per Image Pickin' thread: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1544566628000318000
%% Please start a new thread if you'd like to suggest an image.
%%


Added DiffLines:



These people are often self-absorbed arrogant bullies who rub their powers of sexual prowess in the faces of anyone who isn't as popular as they. They spend their entire lives going through [[LoveInterests lovers]] [[GirlOfThwWeek like pairs of socks]] because it makes them "cool".

to:

These people are often self-absorbed arrogant bullies who rub their powers of sexual prowess in the faces of anyone who isn't as popular as they. They spend their entire lives going through [[LoveInterests lovers]] [[GirlOfThwWeek [[GirlOfTheWeek like pairs of socks]] because it makes them "cool".


Sex is guaranteed to sell a product, or to bump up the ratings and views on a movie or a television show.

to:

[[SexSells Sex is guaranteed to sell a product, product]], or to bump up the ratings and views on a movie or a television show.



Not only is it a good way to give the character a swanky "edge", but it makes them seem more likable and "mature" to many viewers. It's important for {{Fanservice}}.

to:

Not only is it a good way to give the character a swanky "edge", but it makes them seem more likable likeable and "mature" to many viewers. It's important for {{Fanservice}}.



These people are often self-absorbed arrogant bullies who rub their powers of sexual prowess in the faces of anyone who isn't as popular as they. They spend their entire lives going through lovers like pairs of socks, because it makes them "cool".

to:

These people are often self-absorbed arrogant bullies who rub their powers of sexual prowess in the faces of anyone who isn't as popular as they. They spend their entire lives going through lovers [[LoveInterests lovers]] [[GirlOfThwWeek like pairs of socks, socks]] because it makes them "cool".


Supertrope to {{A Man Is Not A Virgin}}. Related to OfCourseImNotAVirgin and EverybodyHasLotsOfSex.

to:

Supertrope to {{A Man Is Not A Virgin}}. Related to OfCourseImNotAVirgin and EverybodyHasLotsOfSex.


{{Exactly what it says on the tin}}.



----
<<|SexTropes|>>

to:

----
<<|SexTropes|>>
----


Often this projects a false message to impressionable young people and leads them to believe that [[YouNeedToGetLaid having sex will make you happy and solve all your problems in life]] (because, of course, [[AllMenArePerverts the only thing you should ever consider a problem should be that you're not having sex]]), [[YouNeedToGetLaid or it will make you more "mature", or will gain you a lot of friends.]] Unfortunately, {{Real Life}} generally does not work that way, and people have a tendency to find out about that [[TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay the hard way] ([AccidentalInnuendo heh]). Not to mention that the media often project this message alongside [[SexIsEvil its exact counter]], leading to more confusion.

to:

Often this projects a false message to impressionable young people and leads them to believe that [[YouNeedToGetLaid having sex will make you happy and solve all your problems in life]] (because, of course, [[AllMenArePerverts the only thing you should ever consider a problem should be that you're not having sex]]), [[YouNeedToGetLaid or it will make you more "mature", or will gain you a lot of friends.]] Unfortunately, {{Real Life}} generally does not work that way, and people have a tendency to find out about that [[TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay the hard way] ([AccidentalInnuendo heh]).way]] ([[AccidentalInnuendo heh]]). Not to mention that the media often project this message alongside [[SexIsEvil its exact counter]], leading to more confusion.


Often this projects a false message to impressionable young people and leads them to believe that [[YouNeedToGetLaid having sex will make you happy and solve all your problems in life]] (because, of course, [[AllMenArePerverts the only thing you should ever consider a problem should be that you're not having sex]]), [[YouNeedToGetLaid or it will make you more "mature", or will gain you a lot of friends.]] Unfortunately, {{Real Life}} generally does not work that way, and people have a tendency to find out about that [[TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay the hard way]]. Not to mention that the media often project this message alongside [[SexIsEvil its exact counter]], leading to more confusion.

to:

Often this projects a false message to impressionable young people and leads them to believe that [[YouNeedToGetLaid having sex will make you happy and solve all your problems in life]] (because, of course, [[AllMenArePerverts the only thing you should ever consider a problem should be that you're not having sex]]), [[YouNeedToGetLaid or it will make you more "mature", or will gain you a lot of friends.]] Unfortunately, {{Real Life}} generally does not work that way, and people have a tendency to find out about that [[TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay the hard way]].way] ([AccidentalInnuendo heh]). Not to mention that the media often project this message alongside [[SexIsEvil its exact counter]], leading to more confusion.


A subtrope of {{A Man Is Not A Virgin}}. Related to OfCourseImNotAVirgin and EverybodyHasLotsOfSex.

to:

A subtrope of Supertrope to {{A Man Is Not A Virgin}}. Related to OfCourseImNotAVirgin and EverybodyHasLotsOfSex.


The {{Casanova}} as sympathetic protagonist depends on this trope. So does the FemmeFatale.

to:

The {{Casanova}} TheCasanova as sympathetic protagonist depends on this trope. So does the FemmeFatale.


A subtrope of {{A Man Is Not A Virgin}}. Related to OfCourseImNotAVirgin.

to:

A subtrope of {{A Man Is Not A Virgin}}. Related to OfCourseImNotAVirgin.OfCourseImNotAVirgin and EverybodyHasLotsOfSex.


Sex is an innermost desire for most human beings. Enjoying it and wanting to have it are perfectly normal. But this is one thing that the media may have taken a little far.

to:

Sex is an innermost desire for most human beings. Enjoying it and wanting to have it are perfectly normal. But this is one thing that the media may have taken a little far.
[[ExaggeratedTrope far]].


Characters who are portrayed as popular, well liked people are almost always hinted to be or described as sexually active, especially if one of them is the lead. Their sexual prowess is part of the reason they're "cool" in the eyes of the other characters and (in theory) of the viewers, or at least that's the theory. If a whole bunch of people want to do them, then that must make them "cool", right?

to:

Characters who are portrayed as popular, well liked people are almost always hinted to be or described as sexually active, especially if one of them is the lead. Their sexual prowess is part of the reason they're "cool" in the eyes of the other characters and (in theory) of the viewers, or at least that's the theory. If a whole bunch of people want to do them, then that must make them "cool", right?

Showing 15 edit(s) of 23

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report