Why I support Sex Box, a show full of 'live sex'
Once again, the PTC is up in arms over a new show coming to your television. While we try to take what they have to say on board, this time we're not so sure we agree. Yes, the show is about sex. But what's wrong with sex?
What's all the fuss about with Sex Box? We're not really sure, honestly. The show has a simple enough premise. A couple comes to the show and talks with a panel of experts and therapists about issues they're having within their relationship. After getting some advice and insight, the couple retreats to a soundproof, camera-less box to have sex. Once they're done, they return to the panel to talk about what happened. The idea is actually pretty innocent and the goal is that hopefully after talking through their issues, the couple can improve their intimacy. Sounds like a really great concept, right? It's already fairly popular in Britain.
"Sex Box is one of the most unique and compelling show concepts we've ever seen, and we can't wait to bring it to WE tv," said Marc Juris, WE tv's president. "Our featured couples will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience, while our viewers will get the kind of bold, break-through-the-clutter programming they increasingly associate with WE tv."
The PTC, though, has major complaints. They're so fuming mad that they're not just asking for the show to be canceled, but for the network to be removed from cable.
"A live sex show on TV is something that might show up on a premium cable network," said the PTC's president, Tim Winter. "But in an affront to all families, WE tv is bringing that content to basic cable and potentially exposing millions of children in the process. If some adults want to watch a program like that, let them pay for it. But forcing it into the basic cable bundle and making parents and families pay for it is an outrage. Sex Box should never see the light of day on basic cable."
There's just one problem: They really aren't paying that much for it. WE tv is mostly paid for by advertisers. All of the cable bills in the world only make up for a small percentage of WE tv's funding. You're not just paying for WE tv. And removing WE tv from the lineup probably wouldn't decrease the average cable bill at all.
Aside from, you know, logic, there's another reason we think this might be the craziest petition yet: What's so wrong with talking about sex? Again: You're not seeing anything. It's a bunch of adults on a network geared towards grown-ups, talking about their relationship and the sex between a couple in a relationship. But you're not seeing it. That already makes it less graphic than Grey's Anatomy. All modern televisions come with the ability to block channels from your television. If you don't want your children to stumble upon sex talk, you can easily lock the channel. And we can understand why you might do that. But, as adults, shouldn't we be mature enough to appreciate or at least tolerate a little bit of sex talk?
Congratulations to those of you who don't need sex or relationship advice, but there are plenty of TV viewers who might benefit from the information. Why should they miss out just because a small group of parents is helicoptering around their children and is too immature to handle "the talk"? When will Americans understand that avoiding talking about sex only makes it a bigger, cooler mystery for kids to unravel? Perhaps, instead of the PTC trying to remove a channel from the guide based on a show they've clearly never seen, they should see some of those experts and therapists about why they're so sexually repressed?
We're with WE tv on this, y'all. And you can bet we'll tune in to Sex Box.