Sex, Nudity and Adult Sorrow

From the title, you might think this is just another one of those self-referential posts I’ve been writing lately.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I was watching TV last week and just prior to the show starting there was one of those viewer advisories, which often say that the show may contain  violence or adult language.  However, this one was different.   The caption said that the show that was about to follow might contain:  “Sex, Nudity and Adult Sorrow”.  I swear this is true.  I’m not sure what show it was that  I was about to watch….it may have been The PBS News Hour or possibly, Californication.   I’m pretty sure it was one of those.

I was surprised at the effect the words themselves had on me.  Whoever made them up knew what he/she was doing.  They’re absolutely perfect.  Think if it…could there be a better word for “sex” than sex?  I think it has something to do with the “x”.  A letter that isn’t used that much; a bit exotic (there it is again); worth 8 points in Scrabble.  Really…..I can’t imagine any other set of letters that would convey the mystery, pleasure and intimate exchange involved in that act.  It conjures up, at least for me, an entire evening of flirting, touching, fantasizing and seduction.  (Often preceded by a nice meal)  God, I wish I had invented that word.

And then, “Nudity”.   Do I have to say more?  Just the word has me off envisioning naked bodies. Mostly…actually, only women’s bodies.  Honestly….and don’t repeat this….just the sight or sound  of the word  gets me hot.  My mind does some kind of somersault and I wind up in my teens looking at  my friend Natie’s Playboys.  How I miss those simple times.

I never knew that there was such a thing as “adult” sorrow.  But the distinction makes a lot of sense.   And really, if you think about it, it’s so much more serious than childish sorrow.  It just seems that, when you’re older, there’s so many more things that can go wrong and  so much less time to straighten them out.  And the word…oh, that word “sorrow”,  just saying it turns one’s mouth and lips into a frown.  Again,  whoever that genius was, he/she hit the nail on the head with this one.  “Sorrow”…say it two or three times and I bet you’ll start to tear up.  I know that I do.

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4 Responses to “Sex, Nudity and Adult Sorrow”

  1. Arbee Says:

    What caught my attention in your blog was the mention of Natie, a name that popped into my mind recently; I don’t remmeber why. Now there was a legend in our own time, that most definitely conjures images of sex and nudity. He should be worth a blog.

    Next time you come across that kind of intro, please be sure to get the name of the show.

  2. iron(ic)man triathlon Says:

    Natie is worth an entire book. it’s so nice to know that his name has relevance to someone still alive. so nice to hear from you, rich.

    btw….pedro almovodar’s new movie also had that advisory…..i guess it’ part of a new rating system

  3. zachary mexico Says:

    Hey there. Longtime reader, first time commenter.

    Hunted down the phrase “adult sorrow” on the Internet for a while, and came up with the New York Times review of the new Pedro Almodovar movie.

    http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/11/20/movies/20broken.html

    “Broken Embraces” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). It has sex, nudity and adult sorrow.

    I also like this phrase. Childish sorrow passes away in a few moments – but, like diamonds, adult sorrow is forever.

  4. iron(ic)man triathlon Says:

    hi zach..

    i saw ‘broken embraces’ and that disclaimer was pointed out to me….i guess it’s part of a new rating system.

    looks like the De Beers outfit has spent their money wisely…. my vote would be for something like, ‘sex and nudity…priceless!’
    (it’s early….cut me some slack)

    thanks for chiming in…

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