The films studied so far demonstrate how deep-seated beliefs about the illicit nature of sex condition adolescents to conform to the prevailing covenants, principally through hiding sex behind the closed doors of lifelong monogamous relationships. As seen in the last chapter, this results in an exchange of sexual access rights that is relatively successful as long as both partners are mutually satisfied, but can have highly destructive emotional results—especially for any children involved—if either partner’s access rights are violated. As Indecent Proposal demonstrates, even the conscious choice to engage in extramarital sex does not guarantee immunity from emotional blowback.

The rise of ‘friends with benefits’ and ‘no strings attached’ relationships suggests that society is searching for a quick fix to this issue through sexual liaisons low in commitment and, theoretically at least, high in satisfaction

The rise of ‘friends with benefits’ and ‘no strings attached’ relationships suggests that society is searching for a quick fix to this issue through sexual liaisons low in commitment and, theoretically at least, high in satisfaction. Such a relationship forms the spine of Patrice Chéreau’s 2001 drama Intimacy.


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