Philippine TV has seen the likes of the Sex Bomb Dancers, but that's probably as far as we'll ever get to having "sex" on TV.
Our fairly conservative country is definitely a long way off from showing something as controversial as Sex Box—a reality TV show from American network We TV where people have sex in a box and talk about it afterwards with "sexperts." (And they do it while they're still in their kinky silk robes.)
Yes, for kinky "contestants," it's the chance-of-a-lifetime to cross off "Have sex on public TV" on their bucket lists while getting a free psychiatric consultation about their sex lives afterwards. How can this not be a winning idea, right?
Here, catch its American trailer:
The show was derived from a British series of the same name, and is currently causing a stir in the U.S. (Just imagine if the show were to be shown here on our shores.)
But if you want to know a little bit more about it, below are six things that we've gathered about Sex Box!
1) It's supposedly therapy for couples.
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On the network's website, it says that "The theory behind the Sex Box is based on a revolutionary, scientifically proven concept. In the first 15 minutes after intimacy, the body is flooded with oxytocins and endorphins enabling people to really open up and reveal the root of their problems."
We don't know about these people but we'd rather keep these kinds of things private.
2) The American Family Association says NO.
Unsurprisingly, the American Family Association, a traditional family values group in the U.S. is appalled at the proceedings of the show. In a Yahoo! report, the organization said that Sex Box is a "new low" in television and told advertisers to avoid the "disgusting" show.
Also from the same report, Monica Cole, the executive director of Onemillionmoms.com said this: "Although the audience doesn't see the couples having sex, the titillating premise that we're watching while real couples are engaging in an intimate act inside the box on stage is obviously the hook WE tv is using to lure viewers."
3) Also not cool with it: The Parents Television Council
The dad-and-mom powered media watchdog has launched a petition that currently has 42,000 signatures—signatures meant to put a stop to what the council described as a "live sex show on basic cable," Yahoo! reports.
Somewhere in there is a Face-To-Face episode between parents that are having sex on live TV against parents that are against parents having sex on live TV. That one, we'll definitely watch.
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4) Those on the side of science are a bit more positive about it.
Also from Yahoo!, psychologist Lawrence Sank is a bit more ambivalent about it. He said that while "sex on demand is unequivocally not a good therapy" and that "it's a bit unrealistic to ask couples to just perform on demand," there may be some good effects too.
Namely that the show shatters inhibitions: "To the extent that it's disinhibiting, it's a good thing for the viewers. People regarding sex as taboo is not the healthiest of things."
True that, Lawrence Sank!
5) The Box isn't exactly like the Big Brother house
While the Sex Box sounds like a show where you get to watch a "live show," the reality is that...you don't. Unlike the Big Brother house, the box is soundproof, surveillance free, and devoid of a disembodied voice named Kuya telling you what to do.
6) Last but not the least: There's a pastor on the show.
For a show that sounds morally depraved, the "sexpert" panel on the show includes psychotherapist Fran Walfish, clinical sex therapist Chris Donaghue and, get this, Yvonne Capehart, a pastor and couples' counselor.
If we were to localize the show, here's one panelist we'd like to take: