Anytime Scully or Mulder don’t have a shirt on, the show is so chill about it. No lingering shots, no “take it all in, people”, no “HEY REMEMBER SEX?” But the characters are still sexual in their super casual way. And don’t get me wrong, I LOVE sex, but there is absolutely no objectifying in the show (pre season 8 anyway). We’re allowed to be in love with the characters without being hit over the head with “AND HEY WOULDN’T IT BE COOL TO FUCK HIM/HER?” I mean, beyond the whole will they/won’t they around Mulder and Scully (and I love that they stick to “they will, kinda, barely”), sex is handled so - hm - maturely? (oh hi, I’m a mom). Like they know it’s there, but it’s like “DUH of course it is anyway here’s the story”.
Obviously the marketing and promo stuff was more sexualized than the actual show, but even that seemed like kind of a joke. Like, again, “yeah. DUH.”
Basically I feel like the show respects my ability to be attracted to people because they’re chill and get shit done.
Amazingly, not The Onion:
“[W]e now have young men telling Bloomberg News that they basically view their female peers as rape bombs just waiting to explode and ruin their lives.”
Mwinji Siame by Richardo Simal
ending a full-shit day humming to some J. Tillman harmonies. less shit now.