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Basic Trope: Women are portrayed as having no sex drive.

  • Straight: Alice is uninterested in sex, as are the other females in the series.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice and her female friends are Celibate Heroines who find even the idea of kissing repulsive, and don't find lewd jokes any bit "funny".
    • All women on another planet are so disgusted by the thought of sex, that they have to keep reproducing the human race through asexual means to survive.
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    • The (il)logical extreme! Every single woman hates sex so much, that all female scientists work together to invent a method of asexual birth, where the offspring has no interest in sex, all while killing off all the men.
  • Downplayed: Alice is not a prude, but just is not as interested in sex as Bob.
  • Justified:
    • Alice has a sexual dysfunction (dryness, persistent pain, difficulty maintaining arousal, Anorgasmia, etc.) that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to enjoy sex.
    • Alice does not enjoy sex, due to trauma.
    • Alice's husband, Bob, is a terrible lover in bed, so Alice is understandably uninterested in intercourse.
    • The series is about a group of asexual women and how they deal with a life where sex seems to be everywhere.
    • Sexuality is not relevant to the plot; the women choose to focus on things other than love, sex, and romance instead.
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    • In Alice's society, sex is viewed as something men do to women, not an experience that both partners share equally. And women are expected to endure it for the sake of keeping their husbands happy and making babies, not enjoy it, initiate it, or seek it out.
    • Sex before marriage is against Alice's religion; even thinking about it is considered a grave sin, and tantamount to cheating on her husband before she's even met him. Although Alice is expected to just magically flip a switch and become a Sex Goddess on her wedding night (never mind that she's done nothing but awkward side-hugs up until now and didn't even have her first kiss until the wedding ceremony, and hadn't even been with Bob for more than 3 months of parentally-supervised "courtship" before getting engaged), she finds that it's not as simple or magical as her Sunday school teacher told her it would be.
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    • Alice is a lesbian or Transgender, and either cannot admit it to herself, won't admit it because of the scandal it would cause, or those concepts of non-heterosexual sexualities and genders other than the one assigned at birth simply don't exist in this setting; Alice thinks she just doesn't like sex or is bad at it.
    • Alice is afraid people will think she's a slut, or that Bob will use her and dump her.
    • Alice is protecting her Virgin Power.
    • It's not so much that Alice doesn't want sex, it's that she's too busy for it. She has a demanding job and the hours are terrible, plus other demands on her time. She's lucky if she has time to eat a proper meal, let alone have sex.
    • Alice has insecurities about her body, in a world where Beauty Is Best, and where Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty. She worries that Bob will think she's ugly and reject her.
    • Alice has some kind of anxiety (whether it's anxiety disorder or not) that gives her a Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality.
    • Alice has Stage Fright in bed; she can't enjoy sex because she's too busy worrying about her performance and how Bob perceives it.
  • Inverted: All Women Are Lustful.
  • Gender Inverted: All the men have little to no interest in sex.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Alice goes near-catatonic with disgust if the word sex is even mentioned... much to the delight of Steve, who loves Trolling the heck out of her.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The women in the series hate themselves for thinking these thoughts. These wrong, perverted, dirty, naughty, sexual thoughts... Obviously, the women in this show all have their own Guilty Pleasures.
    • Alice doesn't enjoy sex, but Beth does. Then we find out Beth only sleeps around to feel good about herself. But Clarice genuinely enjoys it - because she's "abnormal". And yet after her Heel–Face Turn, she gets a sex scene where she has The Immodest Orgasm. Which it turns out she was faking.
  • Averted: The women in the series aren't prudes.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Could you stop making everything about sex?"
  • Invoked: Alice's parents taught her from young that Sex Is Evil, though her brother Steve was taught the opposite.
  • Exploited: A misogynistic gay community make use of this trope to get men to change their sexuality.
  • Defied: Alice get propositioned by Steve who knows about her dislike of sex and promises to be gentle and go at her pace. Alice ponders a bit and then accepts.
  • Discussed: "Dude, of course you're not going to get laid. She's a girl." "Hey, I wouldn't say that. Not all women have to hate sex, despite what your old movies keep telling you."
  • Conversed: "Aw, come on. This is the fifth time we've almost gotten a sex scene between Alice and Bob, but she keeps being such a prude! Why does this have to happen to all the women in this show?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice had it drummed into her head by her family and teachers that any woman who enjoys having sex, even with a man she loves, is a slut by definition. This ruined her ability to enjoy it, even with someone she loves.
    • Alice and most other women of the show Lie Back and Think of England and this frustrates their boyfriends who eventually leave them all because making love to someone who doesn't respond just doesn't feel as good as when someone enjoys it.
    • Alice is asexual, as it's a standard part of human sexuality, and is put down and insulted because of it.
  • Reconstructed: After seeing her friends in successful relationships, Alice eventually realizes that sex isn't all bad after all. Nevertheless, she decides that at the moment she's personally not too interested in this whole "sex" thing anyway, and prefers focusing on other things that matter more to her.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Alice doesn't enjoy sex with Bob because she's secretly a lesbian, but she's afraid to tell him.
  • Played For Laughs: A sitcom where much of the problems arise from Bob dealing with Alice, refusing sex to him, happily, for no reason whatsoever.
  • Played For Drama: Bob, constantly seeing that the media constantly depicting that only men like sex, and that All Women Are Prudes, believes that no matter what girl he finds, she'll be a prude no matter what.

Not tonight dear, I have a headache. Let's go back to All Women Are Prudes instead.

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