Shonda Rhimes has a refreshingly modern take on sex when it comes to her daughters, and it all stems from violence on TV.
The Grey’s Anatomy creator says that she doesn’t believe sex should be taboo on TV or in real life, especially since graphic violence has been so normalized.
“I have three daughters, and I find it fascinating that you can shoot someone in the face on network television, show the whole thing, watch their brains fly out of the back of their head, and no one blinks. But people are shocked when you show anybody having sex,” she said in the October “Power Issue” of Women’s Health.
“I hope my daughters grow up to have amazing sex. I really do. I do not hope they grow up to shoot someone in the face. You know what I mean?
“I feel like there are ways to represent women owning their sexuality and having a strong point of view about it and it not being this taboo thing that’s hidden in some closet somewhere,” she said.
And Rhimes definitely puts her money where her mouth is, especially when it comes to her own work.
“Early on [on Grey’s Anatomy], Callie and Arizona were kissing, and Arizona ran her hand up Callie’s leg — and [the network] said we couldn’t do that,” she explained. “I said, ‘You are not going to tell me that a woman cannot run her hand up another woman’s leg when we’ve seen Mark Sloan do all kinds of things to Callie,'” she said. “A great conversation came out of it, and things turned so everybody was on the same page.”