Review: Christiane Amanpour: Sex and Love Around the World

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The Wide World of Sex or Lack Thereof


Yesterday I binge-watched the entire first season of Sex & Love Around the World, a documentary series that goes from country to country exploring the culture surrounding human relationships (streaming on Netflix).

First of all, I thought it was well-done. Beautifully shot, in-depth conversations, but holy shit.

Since I began this blog back in April I’ve had several people reach out to me and express that I was so brave and bold etc. for talking so candidly and open about sexuality. I didn’t get it. I was like, I’m really not doing anything remarkable here.

It has finally hit me though. There are a lot of people who really have no idea about any of this. Some because of religious reasons, some because of cultural reasons, some because of basic lack of education.

There are so many cultures that refuse to even discuss it. This floors me because these cultures still exist, which means, they have to be having sex and making babies and stuff somehow.

I also understand a bit more about why I get my information reported so often on social media. I thought there were prudes in the world, but I always figured they’d like, I don’t know, not bother with me because they shouldn’t even be actively looking for my stuff. Pretty sure it’s a fetish of some of these people to go around seeking sexual content only to complain about it.

The thing that felt the most relatable culture the culture was the struggle. The struggle to find someone not only to love but to be sexually compatible. The struggle to maintain sexual compatibility and not go sexless or find sex outside the marriage (without the other’s knowledge).

The number of sexless marriages from culture to culture was way higher than I ever would have imagined. It’s an area I’d like to delve into understanding more (not experiencing first hand though). I’ve met couples right here in the United States that are married and sexless, some after only being with each other a year, others who have been married for 50+ and just don’t want to do it with that person that way anymore.

Perhaps it’s just because my sex-drive is higher than average that I find this perplexing. I’m also not married so that could be another reason I lack the understanding.

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Berlin looks like a place I’d fit in though. Maybe I’m a weird sex freak because of my German blood. Who knows. I have actually been contemplating giving up on dating and sex for a bit though. I’ll talk more about that tomorrow if I can muster up the courage.

I’d recommend this documentaries series though if you are as fascinated with human sexuality and different cultural opinions on romance and love as I am.

3 thoughts on “Review: Christiane Amanpour: Sex and Love Around the World

  1. It is an interesting TV show with lots to learn from it. I enjoyed it, however, don’t you think the series has a serious problem of selection bias? It is heavily ridden with western propaganda to make the east look barbaric. The Afghan model who fit right into the “perfect woman” template does not even realize how women are being objectified. I would also say that Amanpour so nicely hand picks her interviewees that I always wondered where can I hear the other side of the story. For instance, in Beirut she only approached the queer community. In Berlin, only refugees and the FKK. I think the series could develop a more circumspect coverage of views rather than having a hidden agenda.

    1. Yeah, it felt very surface level. They never really went that deep into the world of sexuality, but also, I feel like it would take WAY more time etc. that they probably didn’t budget into a first run of a show. Plus, the politics, which I can only imagine being incredibly difficult to navigate.

  2. I am watching it and it is well done and interesting. I like how she tries to understand and ask people questions and go deeper into things. However, I feel she is only telling a part of the story. I mean, part of the reason it is so captivating is because it’s so diferent from our views. So what would be truly amazing would be to enter into their mindset and understand how THEY see the world of sexuality.
    For example in the Japanese culture, one of the presenters said “ it is like once married they become mom and dad rather than man and woman” that gave me some insight. The social and family responsibility are taken very seriouslyZ I would like to know if it is perceived negatively for a man to leave a wife with whom he has childrem, and how far does this obligation go. Do they have many cases of legal lawsuits against fathers who do not recognize children or not? And so on.
    It left me wanting more, of other views than our own.

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