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“How To Get Away With Murder”‘s Gay Sex Scenes Are More Than Just For Shock Value

I am absolutely enamoured with CTV’s new show “How to Get Away with Murder”. I generally enjoy shows that feature characters who indulge in guilty pleasures, so this show was a given for me, but what really got me was the diversity of the cast and the representation this show provided. I could practically write essays about that, but what I really want to talk about here is the gay character of Connor and his controversial sexcapades on the show.

Apparently, these sex scenes and their frequency have gotten some mixed reviews.  Of course, the homophobes are unhappy as usual, but some gay people are also unhappy, because they feel as if Connor’s sex scenes are only there for shock value and don’t serve the plot at all, thus making Connor just a token gay character. However, that means you have the ask yourself, who is the character of Connor?
Well, simply put, he’s the femme fatale. Twice so far, Connor has sex in order to get information that he wants.  This is a show that is turning stereotypes on their head and Connor is only one brilliantly done instance of this. Instead of the femme fatale being a seductive, sensual woman, he’s a seductive, sensual gay man. There is also a scene where one of the law students, Laurel goes to Bonnie, the defense lawyers female assistant, for moral support. Of course, you expect her to be warm and comforting because she’s a petite blond woman, but she’s not. She tells Laurel it is not her job to comfort her, essentially breaking the idea that to be female means to be emotionally driven. (I will talk about these instances further in another post because this show has so many.)
So essentially, Connor’s frequent sex scenes are not just thrown in there as a token, but if they were and the scenes were just for the sake of showing intimacy between two people, so what? And if someone dare to ask me “But is it necessary that the gay sex scenes be relatively explicit?” my answer would undoubtedly be yes. Yes it is. Why? Because why the hell not? Straight people have explicit sex scenes without having to justify themselves. Why are people expecting a gay sex scene to have some sort of explanation? Shonda Rhimes said it best:
The argument that the TV show is using Connor to shock the viewer is ridiculous because it’s implying that gay sex should be shocking and the alternative is to tip toe around the subject of gay sex as if it doesn’t deserve the same treatment as straight sex. Straight characters have multiple sex scenes per episodes on network television without it being required by the plot, I think it’s time to finally have the scale tipped to even.

3 Responses to ““How To Get Away With Murder”‘s Gay Sex Scenes Are More Than Just For Shock Value”

  1. Elle

    I love Connor as the femme fatale! A friend and I were discussing how seriously hot his sex scenes are…. Go Connor.

    Reply

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