This word translates one of our society's hottest topics, and a key element of the audiovisual landscape.
Between clichés, stereotypes and dicrimination, some series sometimes fall under tropisms.
At Canneseries, we would like to try and understand the dynamics at work by relaying each week a series of articles, studies and key data decoding the subject.
Behind or in front of the camera, how are stories told, and produced, as well as the gendered identities they identifiy with?
It’s not a bretzel
Sex education in films and series are often mocked or ridiculed. The famous 'Health Class' moment in many American movies is more likely to be a rather heavy comedy scene where you don't learn anything of value besides "Abstinence's key", or "Have sex and you will die"...
In real life or on screen, we can thus find a double problem: not only is sex still a taboo but when it comes to talking about it, especially to younger generations, we're not always capable of doing it right. It is still rather hard to discuss even the organ in itself often leading to a handicapping lack of knowledge. In a now iconic-scene of the Netflix show Orange is the New Black, Laverne Cox (through the medium of her character Sofia Burset), teaches her co-inmates about what is between their legs and that they should also be on their mind.