For the intimacy coordinator of the series, also Irish Ita O'Brien, all this duality of opinions lies in a change of perspective, in a generational leap when it comes to understanding sexual consent. It all depends on whose eyes you look at those scenes. "It's a matter of will and autonomy," she says in a conversation via Zoom, the person responsible for choreographing the intimate scenes on the set, for the performers to feel safe and secure during their creation. “This is not just sex. It's not the pum-pum-pumthat we used to see in the past. Here the meetings are not flat and isolated, each scene says something new about the relationship of the characters. There is a choreography of breathing, of details, of what it implies in its own story, ”she explains, and recalls a scene in the second episode in which it is the protagonist, Frances, who takes the initiative until orgasm with Nick. “She is the one who knows how to find the rhythm, she asks him what he likes and she guides him, she takes control. There is a power in that discovery,” she explains. Far from aligning herself with those who see it as something soporific, she says that Sally Rooney “writes about sex in a totally innovative way, especially when it comes to intimacy. I have no doubt that she writes for this era and generation.”
O'Brien, who has become the guru who marks the new times of television sex —she has coordinated the sexuality and intimacy of Normal People , I could destroy you , Sex education , It's a Sin , Gentleman Jack , or the last season of Master of None —, considers that everything is due to a change of prism: the masculine gaze that prevailed in the erotic thriller of the nineties, that way of understanding sex in the noir style as in Basic Instinct, it has disappeared. “It influences that we now have more women writing about all the facets of sex, from erotic enjoyment, to the acceptance of their own sexuality or to abuse itself, as Laurie Nunn has done in Sex Education , Sally Wainwright in Gentleman Jack or Michaela Coel in I Could Destroy You . We are broadening our sights. And they don't just have to be women, there's Russell T. Davies, who brings a queer perspective to It's a Sin on relationships between men”, he concludes.
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