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The ‘sex is an intimate and sacred act’ meme wants to reclaim sexual principles

Get you a person who likes dogs, at least.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 10, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 9:01 pm CDT

It seems that people never get tired of telling other people what they can and can’t do with their bodies. This includes sex. A few years ago, “sex is intimate and sacred” started to become a popular phrase on Twitter by users who wanted to passively shame every person who has casual sex—or those who have sex outside of a marriage. It’s a phrase steeped in religious beliefs about sex.

Now, people are using the phrase to jokingly set boundaries for the kind of person they want to share a bed with. So, what’s the checklist look like for an ideal sexual partner? Twitter has some ideas.

They should like the same Game of Thrones characters that you like.

And the same sports teams.

In fact, they should share your opinion of what counts as a sport.

They should believe in science.

And pineapple pizza.

They should safely inform other drivers of their intentions.

If the person you’re sleeping with cares about you, that’s definitely a big perk.

Here’s the big one: dogs.

So, yeah, sleep with whomever you like, whenever you like. Except if they dislike dogs, obviously.

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*First Published: Aug 10, 2017, 10:13 am CDT