“Let’s talk about sex, baby. Let’s talk about you and me.” Salt N’ Pepa had it right. We should talk about the old horizontal tango (nudge nudge, wink wink), but our forebears did not agree. While we grew up with George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex” blasting in the background of our daily life, the older generations were scandalized by the sight of a woman’s knee or, god forbid, elbow. Sure Bettie Page was making a living, but she was also investigated by the United States Congress. Not exactly titillating activity. Find out more about The Notorious Bettie Page when the biopic starring Gretchen Mol airs at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Indie Sex II: Censored is one episode of a four-part miniseries from IFC that explores the interaction of sex and movies (note: not sex in movie theaters). It looks at the history and issues surrounding the depiction of on-camera sexuality from “real” sex to taboos to the censor’s stamp. Tonight at 11 p.m. ET Indie Sex II: Censored surveys how the film industry and special interest groups have attempted to regulate sex on the silver screen. It’s a fascinating history of the unlikely bedfellows of censorship and sex, but do yourself a favor and don’t watch with your parents.
Here’s a clip from Indie Sex II: Censored:
Let’s go out to the wise words of Salt N’ Pepa:
The Notorious Bettie Page airs on IFC at 8:30 p.m. ET and Indie Sex II: Censored airs at 11 p.m. ET