Sex is omnipresent, and one of the principal motives behind our ever action and decision we make as humans. Sexual fantasies, sexual scenes in movies, daydreams of sexual interaction with the girl next door, to imaginings of hooking up with that hot guy in the leather jacket, the desire for sex is inescapable.
We have all heard the popular saying that “sex sells”, which has so many connotation, but for most people, when they hear that quote, they automatically think in terms of prostitution, strip clubs, and escort services, while thats a part of it, it is merely one small side of a larger equation
SEX SELLS: MUSIC IS A GAME OF SEX
Think of your favorite early rock stars such as members of Led Zeppelin, Elvis, Kurt Cobain, Jimmy Hendrix, these icons seem to emanate an aura of intense sexuality. Their very sex appeal has amassed to them a cult like following of both teenage girls, and male fans who imitate their every move, from the way they dress, talk, walk, and behave. In recent entertainment, female artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna have had such a potent sexual effect on men in ways that stimulates their deepest, innermost sexual fantasies. From every sexual innuendos in their songs, to their half naked clothing in their music videos, only adds to increased radio plays, and record breaking album sales. Sex sells.
SEX SELLS: COMMERCIALS
Marketers and Advertising Agents know that our reptilian brain, the oldest part of our brain, the part that only desires sexual intercourse, can be a used to market products.
It is said that the average human attention span is an estimate of ten minutes,vbut the ruse of advertising is that advertisers know that whenever they use a sexy blond in their car commercial, our reptilian brain, the sex craved part of our brain, pays undivided attention for an extra 10 seconds or more, resulting in potential car sales.
SEX SELLS: SEX IS ITS OWN SUPPLY AND DEMAND
Sex is, and has always been its own market , and has always had an insatiable demand.
From the earliest biblical times, we often hear scriptural references to harlots and brothels, and now, in modern day , we are entertained by strippers in strip clubs, prostitutes in bathhouses, and artificial sexual stimuli in porngraphy.
The porn industry itself has become a billion dollar industry.
SEX IN GENERAL IS SEEN AS A TABOO
As a society, we have developed a secret fear of sex. Whenever the topic of sex is brought up, we feel uncomfortable, and our chest begins to tighten up. Even the idea of educating our adolescents about sex is seen as dreadful and deeply uncomfortable.
We have made sex, the most natural thing on earth, unnatural.
VEGAS: A SEXUAL PARADISE
Take for example, a man who actively enjoys dating strippers, and having sexual relations with escorts and prostitutes. In a society that not only views the subject of sex as unspeakable, the very idea of a man paying a woman money for sexual favors is utterly shameful. A bizarre irony to society is that if that same guy were to go to vegas and hook up with an escort, he would be granted a imaginary pass, because like we all know “what happens in vegas, stays in vegas”
SEX: A DETERMINING FACTOR FOR ELECTING US PRESIDENTS
Not only is sex a driving force in our personal lives, but it also has the power to determine who holds the position of the highest office in the land; The Presidency. This might come as a shock to many, but a candidates sex appeal often plays a major role whether or not he gets elected as President. Scientists hypothesis that the overall selection for physically striking leaders is a prime example of a “halo effect.” The “halo effect” or the reason we desire physical appealing authority figures, is beause as humans, we have an inbuilt flaw of projecting positive character traits to physically attractive people. The reason we chose the alluring John F. Kennedy, a man who resembled a Hollywood star, over a stoic, stern Richard Nixon, and the charismatic Barrack Obama, over the elderly John McCain is mainly because of their striking physical appeal.
SEX AND THE WHITE HOUSE
One was controversially impeached, while the other is endlessly admitted, adored and thought to have been living every teenage boys fantasy. Yes, I am referring to Bill Clinton, and John F Kennedy, the 42nd and 35th Presidents of the United States. While President Clinton was impeached for his sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky, outside wedlock, Clinton and his secretive sexual relationship with Marilyn was given a Romeo & Juliet, star crossed lovers connotation.
Truth is, men in power are not immune to the potent impulse of sex, but the major distinction between the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and the idolization of Kennedy and Monroe, is the manner in which their affairs were sold to the public.