It is a strange thing when you think about it: films have long had fight and stunt coordinators to make the simulation of violence and dangerous situations both look realistic on screen and to protect the actors involved in the scenes. Yet, simulating sexual scenes is often done without expertise and often in very inappropriate ways that can and have seriously affected those involved. Here is how that is changing for the better.
Coming to you from The Atlantic, this fascinating video discusses the evolution of how sex is simulated in theater and on screen, as well as the historical issues and how intimacy coordinators have helped to change how things are done to better protect the well-being of those involved. It doesn't take much searching to find many examples of actors and actresses left with lasting mental, emotional, and even physical trauma after poorly or even abusively directed sex scenes, with some directors even taking advantage of their fear and surprise to evoke real reactions. Thankfully, that sort of behavior is changing, and the film world is recognizing the need for better and more respectful methods. Check out the video above to see how that's happening.