Extreme make-over scenes in TV shows and movies are nothing new.
We’ve all sat through scenes where seemingly “plain” women get a new outfit and a new ‘do to the beat of some jazzy tunes and suddenly they are unrecognisable.
However, in 2019 the biggest TV make-overs have nothing to do with actresses wearing pretend glasses and everything to do with sex scenes, which are definitely changing for the better.
Once upon a time, sex scenes could only go one of two ways.
The camera either slowly panned away from a couple as they tumbled fully clothed onto a bed allowing you to imagine what was coming next or we were treated to straight, white, conventionally attractive couples rolling around under the sheets, with the woman appearing to immediately orgasm after just a few PG-rated thrusts.
Over the years our television screens have only portrayed one kind of sexual experience. An experience that was sanitised, shot with only the male gaze in mind and devoid of any kind of diversity.
Behind the scenes was not much better, with a lack of regulations and rules around how intimate scenes were filmed leading to sex scenes that appeared unrealistic, and actors and actresses who were deeply uncomfortable.
Nowadays, sex scenes exist not just to titillate the audience but also to progress the story line and, most importantly, provide an emotional entry point for viewers to better understand the characters they are watching on screen.
It’s still only early days for 2019, but already we’re seeing a drastic change in the way TV sex scenes are presented, building on a metamorphosis that has been steadily accelerating over the last few years.
Take for instance the character of Bridgette Bird in SMILF, a poor, struggling single mother who indulges in sex and masturbation to find comfort and escape from the difficult life she had never imagined for herself.
The second season of SMILF began airing in Australia on Stan in January 2019 and has painted a portrait of a single mother’s sex life in a way that has never been done on the small screen before.