How Male Nudity Has Gone Mainstream In Movies, Theater And On TV

In one of the many (many) startling scenes in the new HBO drama Tell Me You Love Me, which debuted Sunday night, a young, attractive married couple sit side by side on a sofa, watching a boxing match on TV. The wife unbuckles her husband's pants, and after some noisy kissing, she pulls away and says, "I want to see it." She sees it and--holy cow--so do we.

Over the past few months, the breathy buzz on the show--about married and almost-married couples in various stages of intimacy-related despair and dishabille--has centered on the amount of its frank sexual content. And it was there all right--from minute two, when a man masturbates under the covers, to real-time full-monty couplings, to angelic, white-haired Jane Alexander kissing meaningfully down her husband's graying chest.

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