NSFW: Sex Positivity in ‘Sex Criminals’

Be a dear and DO NOT READ THIS AT WORK. I would not want your supervisors or managers peeking over and seeing you reading an article about sex. I am sure you would not want this either, right?

Sex is a powerful tool which makes it rather remarkable and deadly. If you are a prude – you’re looked down upon. If you are highly active – you’re looked down upon. Sex controls a lot more in our society then we would care to admit. It has toppled empires, impeached presidents, and imprisoned the most insatiable. However when it is good, healthy sex it is really good. Great, even. Such a powerful thing should be handled carefully. People should be educated more about the positive things about coitus in a healthy way. It seems immensely important to promote a happy sexual lifestyle. As for myself, sex is complex. Sex is confusing.

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Imagine my surprise when Matt Fraction’s and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals empowered me and made me realize that maybe what I want out of sex was not that weird. The comic seems to be a running metaphor for my sex life (without the robbing banks part of course) and I was whisked away into volume 1 of the trade paperback feeling like I was Suzie, the main character. I completely relate to her and the positive approach this comic takes to sex. This comic gives sex a far greater purpose then usual.

Sex Criminals is published by Image Comics and follows the aforementioned Suzie and John, her sexual partner. The two meet at a party where they discover that they share the same ability to freeze time when they orgasm. Their relationship develops as they explore their sexual histories and fall for each other. They then decide to rob banks using their shared sexual power.

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Perhaps that brief plot summary does not showcase the positivity I felt while reading this, but the relationship that Suzie and John have means so much. Suzie was on this sexual journey to find something that she could share with someone else. Freezing time feels like a clever metaphor for finding someone to share those special moments.

As Suzie states in the comic, sometimes sex “felt very real. Sometimes it felt very silly. Like a mistake. Sometimes if felt important and adult. Some of it exploratory. Sometimes it felt like something to do instead of falling asleep alone. And sometimes it was entirely forgettable.” But when Suzie met John and they orgasmed together – it took them to another place all together. The Quiet, as Suzie calls it. A place where they are alone. A place where the world has stopped. The entire thing sounds romantic from a single girl not having sex. It seems like the unobtainable dream. Sex Criminals made me feel unashamed to want that.

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Yes. I want sex. I want healthy sex. I want fun sex. Loud sex. Toes-curling, mind-numbing sex. I want to be able to share that with someone that wants to share it with me. It has taken me quite a while to feel worthy of what I actually want which is certainly not to have sex for the sake of having it. Suzie was on an explorative, sexual journey that mirrors my own. I seek to experience The Quiet with someone. I want it to mean something. This comic taught me not to be apologetic about that.

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4 responses to “NSFW: Sex Positivity in ‘Sex Criminals’

  1. How well timed this post is for me. I just finished reading the first volume of Sex Criminals and I really enjoyed it. I agree that there’s something very real about Suzie & John’s relationship and I’m glad you found so much positivity in it.

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